REHOUSE "Renovation packagEs for HOlistic improvement of EU’s bUildingS Efficiency, maximizing RES generation and cost-effectiveness"
Project co-funded by the European Commission‘s Research and Innovation Programme Horizon Europe
REHOUSE aims to increase the sustainable renovation of the EU’s building stock, improve living comfort and increase the use of integrated solutions for decentralised renewable energy production.
The project will develop and demonstrate 8 renovation packages with promising technological innovations up to TRL7. The renovation packages are fully designed for a wide range of building renovations, including deep renovations, overcoming the main barriers slowing down current EU renovation rates, following circularity principles, including multifunctionality through active/passive integration, prefabrication and off-site construction of components, and respect for building aesthetics, architectural and historical value. REHOUSE also implements an inclusive, people-centred social engagement strategy to give the renovation wave a resident and owner perspective on the affordability, satisfaction and attractiveness of sustainable renovation.
The renovation packages will be implemented in 4 demonstration sites located in Greece, Italy (Margherita di Savoia), France and Hungary. These building renovations will include detailed design, pilot installation, demonstration and evaluation to validate the prototypes of the 8 renovation packages under operational (social) conditions. REHOUSE proposes solutions that together cover a set of 5 renovation principles, offering technically and economically affordable renovation solutions with enough flexibility to address almost 100% of the building renovation challenges at EU level. The aim is to increase the market uptake, scalability and replicability of the REHOUSE renovation packages by linking their value proposition to critical economic, technical, social, regulatory and privacy issues and barriers, and proposing practical recommendations to overcome them.
ENEA, which is involved in all the technical activities of the project, is responsible for the Italian demonstrator: a social building in the Apulian town of Margherita di Savoia, on which the technological innovations of the project will be applied thanks to the contribution of all the Italian partners (UNIBAS, Rina Consulting, TERA, Steel tech, R.I., Pedone Working), with the participation of ARCA CAPITANATA and the supervision of the Housing Policy Department of the Apulian Region.
ENEA will coordinate the technical activities and, at the same time, launch and develop, together with ARCA CAPITANATA, a holistic approach that includes an analysis of the social aspects and vulnerability of the areas in which it will operate.
In the first months of the project, ENEA DUEE department will specifically be responsible for the energy diagnosis of the building and for providing technical support to ARCA CAPITANATA in the preparation of the tenders for the works. The project is participated by also SSPT, involved in the assessment of the durability of the in-situ concrete and the microclimatic monitoring of the interior, will also contribute in the life cycle analysis of the environmental performance of the design solutions identified at the level of the building and the prefabricated packages.