About StepUP project

What is StepUP?

Making renovation more attractive and reliable

StepUP project has developed affordable solutions and technologies aimed at transforming the energy renovation market and making the decarbonisation of existing buildings a reliable, attractive and sustainable investment.

The project has done so by developing a new process for deep energy renovation with fast design to operation feedback loops. This reduced the performance gap and optimised investments, while scaling up promising Plug&Play technologies to minimise disruption, as well as maximising impact on energy, costs, and user comfort.

Start-end date

1 August 2019 – 30 April 2024 (57 months)

Funded under

Horizon 2020 programme - H2020-EU.3.3.1.


Make renovation more attractive and reliable

New methodology based on near-real time data intelligence to identify cost-optimal, high impact interventions at any stage of the building life.

Reduce the performance gap to 10%

Via a life-cycle software platform to plan renovation, identify solutions to reduce energy consumption, improve IEQ, integrate renewables, and optimise operations through continuous monitoring and verification.

Optimise renovation investments

Development of innovative financing models for integrated optimisation of energy, comfort and cost performance over the building life, based on progressive financing and building performance as a service.

Minimise time on site

Via innovative passive and active technologies to a market-ready modular renovation package of Plug & Play Technologies, including renewable energy generation and storage.

Accelerate the renovation market

Interoperability protocol for renovation solutions, enabling compatibility with the StepUP solutions to allow the integration of third-party market products, fostering an open Plug&Play technological environment accessible to innovative SMEs.

“StepUP offers a real opportunity to reach net zero emission buildings, via a non-intrusive, quick and reliable deep renovation intervention solution that minimises the duration of onsite works and the risk of installation errors”
- Amisha Panchal
StepUP coordinator, Project Manager, IES Ltd


An iterative and holistic methodology

At the core of the StepUP project relies an incremental, iterative renovation methodology aimed to cover every phase of the renovation process to make each step more effective, incorporating the stakeholders’ needs at the center.


Evaluate the building status

Establish the baseline by collecting data on energy performance, comfort, IEQ


Define needs and priorities

Understand the main drivers for renovation from building owners and occupants feedback


Set up the renovation process

Identify appropriate design patterns and intervention scenarios and involve the key stakeholders


Assess renovation scenarios

Evaluate the impact of various options against needs and priorities


Identify key Energy Conservation Measures

Choose a set of high value interventions for the current iteration


Choose Plug&Play technologies

Identify which interoperable solutions satisfy the requirements of each ECM for the iteration


Deploy interventions

Carry out installations and other onsite work to deploy the Energy Conservation Measures


Optimise building operation

Monitor and adjust the ECMs and the overall building performance through feedback loops

Project Progress

StepUP Methodology 100%
Plug&Play Protocol 100%
Technology Provider Clustering 100%
Financial models 100%
Prototype development
Installation in pilots
Monitoring, adjustment, feedback

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 847053.

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