About StepUP project
What is StepUP?
Making renovation more attractive and reliable
StepUP project is developing 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 will do so by developing a new process for deep energy renovation with fast design to operation feedback loops. This will reduce the performance gap and optimise investments, while scaling up promising Plug&Play technologies to minimise disruption, as well as maximising impact on energy, costs, and user comfort.
1 August 2019 – 31 January 2023 (42 months)
Horizon 2020 programme – H2020-EU.3.3.1.
Make renovation more attractive
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.
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 will offer a real opportunity to reach net zero emission buildings, by developing a non-intrusive, quick and reliable deep renovation intervention solution that will minimise the duration of onsite works and the risk of installation errors”
– Giulia Barbano
StepUP coordinator, Senior 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
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
StepUP Methodology100%Plug&Play Protocol50%Technology Provider Clustering60%Financial models20%
60%Prototype development0%Installation in pilots10%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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