AZEB collects, develops and integrates existing solutions for cost effective NZEB’s
The recently started EU project AZEB aims to achieve significant construction and lifecycle cost reductions of new nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) through integral process optimization in all construction phases. AZEB (Affordable Zero Energy Buildings) will create a common methodology for cost effective NZEB based on collecting, developing and integrating existing and proven solutions. In the 30-month project 8 partners from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Germany, France and The Netherlands work together till end 2019.
Although every new building must be a nearly zero energy building according to European legislation from end 2020, the current pace of development is too low. One of the causes is that it is considered to be too expensive. Optimizing construction processes to fully integrate available solutions in the areas of process, technology and contracting is seen as the largest potential in lifecycle cost reduction.
The 30-month AZEB project will develop an integral methodology to build energy neutral in a cost-effective way. Existing technical, process and policy solutions are collected, developed and integrated. Training programs are made for different target groups in the construction and installation sector in order to be able to assimilate. These are distributed through existing and new online and offline platforms.
Pave the way for innovation
The main steps of the AZEB project are to evaluate available experience and solutions create a common methodology for cost reduction, apply the methodology to demonstration projects, finalise the methodology including lessons learned and disseminate the results.
The project will pave the way for the process and organizational innovation in construction, to enable significant cost reduction and solid market acceptance of NZEB’s.
The partners are diverse: three knowledge institutes, a university, a housing corporation, a medium sized and a large contractor and an organization representing SME sustainable entrepreneurs in the construction and installation sector. Due to the high diversity of context, background and competences, much is expected of the collaboration.
Horizon 2020 program
AZEB has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 754174. With AZEB an amount of nearly 2 million euro is involved.