Driving circular renovation together

4th newsletter, October 2021

Welcome to the fourth newsletter of the H2020 Drive 0 project!

The team is very excited to tell you all about the project and the progress we're making. Following up on our previous newsletters, UIPI prepared this edition for you, meant to be specially useful for the private property sector across Europe, and would like to start by introducing Drive 0's demonstration buildings in Italy, Slovenia and Greece.

Villa Cuccoli

Argelato, Bologna, Italy
The manor villa: before the start if the site work (on the left) and to date (on the right).
“Villa Cuccoli” is the Italian demonstrator selected within the EU H2020 “DRIVE 0” project, aimed at the decarbonization of the existing building stock through the implementation of a circular strategy. The complex belongs to the private foundation Fondazione CARISBO, which finances the renovation project of the entire building complex, with the exception of the architectural and energy requalification of two façades (North and West oriented) of the manor villa, which are financed by the EU funds. 

The Italian pilot represents a typical rural residential building with reiterated presence in different rural territories of Southern Europe and Italy. This specific case study represents an example of renovation and refurbishment of historical buildings, fostering a cycle of requalification of this architectural typology according to a circular approach, which is completely innovative in the field of protected heritage. The interventions foreseen will concern the implementation of reconstruction and renovation interventions through the reuse of original materials and new sustainable and partially prefabricated components. 

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Slovenian demo case

There are roughly 524.000 residential buildings in Slovenia and vast majority - 89% represent single-family houses (464.352 units). Most houses were built in 1970’s (18%), followed by 80’s (15%), 60’s (11%) and even 19th century (11%). Only 5% were built after year 2000. Characteristics of houses, built during these periods in Slovenia are relatively large heated volumes, often with non-optimal use of living space (large heated hallways, stairs, etc.), with very little or no thermal insulation, therefore resulting in large operating costs, often accompanied with mold problems. This is also a source of pollution and carbonization of environment, which could be reduced substantially.
Case B house before, during and after renovation
Energy renovations of residential buildings are popular in Slovenia, especially due to available subsidies from national Eco fund. But often renovations are partial and unprofessional, only pursuing low investment cost. There are often noticeable discrepancies between the calculated and actual savings due to poor quality of installation works and frequent changes  to cheaper solutions than designed, leading in results which aren’t as good as they could be. Complete quality energy renovation of old houses is an important topic also in neighboring countries, so there is a high replication potential throughout the whole Europe. 

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Greek Drive0 demo case

Anavyssos, Attica, Greece
South Attica region Case A (left) and case B (right)
More than 40% of the total Greek population (about 4.0 mil of the 10.0 mil total) live in Attica region. Most residents live in buildings constructed before 1990, with low energy performance factors such as high energy use levels, insufficient ventilation, uneven indoor temperatures, insufficient thermal comfort levels. Therefore, a deep level of renovation is required. 

This video is referring to a high energy performance improvement in a residential detached house of 109,0 m2, located in the Attica region constructed in 1989. More specifically, the video seeks to highlight the construction procedure from day one till the end. The challenges and the innovative techniques that have been used during the construction are a pathway for deep renovation to similar cases. 

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Fastighetsägarna promotes circularity amongst property owners 

The construction and real estate sectors are facing major resource and climate challenges. Nordic countries have been pioneers when it comes to circularity and property owners’ associations, such as Swedish property owners representative association Fastighetsägarna, are at the forefront, promoting circular construction and recycling as part of the solution, and defending that this can also generate positive consequences in other areas.  

Fastighetsägarna explains to its members that circular construction benefits both the wallet and the climate and offers a basic course on circular construction and recycling for property owners. The association is also involved in, which is a project to establish a methodology and market for reused building parts. Rikard Silverfur, initiator of the course on circular construction and head of sustainability at Fastighetsägarna, shared with us that private property sector has a major climate impact and there is much that can be improved and that regarding the Swedish circularity plan, the association supports letting property owners manage their waste in collaboration with the recycling industry. Today all waste from households and part of the waste from commercial properties falls under municipal monopoly and Fastighetsägarna’s commercial members want do more than the municipality provides.  

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Drive 0 latest news

New Drive 0 podcast is out! 
Drive 0 partner ACE - Architects Council of Europe launched the podcast 'Architects in EU research’. It is a series of interviews with several architects who share with the ACE their professional journey in the architectural world and how they got involved in European-funded Projects on innovation and education. The lives of the architects presented can provide inspiration for architecture students, showing the various careers possible with an architecture degree. They will also explain cutting-edge research and its applicability and importance to architectural practices.  

One of the podcast episodes was dedicated to the Drive 0 project: Dr. Veronika Schröpfer - ACE Head of EU Research Projects - discussed with Zuzana Prochazkova - Architect and Head of the R&D+i dept. at PichArchitects as well as Drive 0 partner - about circular renovation from the architects’ perspective. 

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How can we identify buildings for life-cycle extension?  

Meet our sister project CIRCuIT
Circular Construction in Regenerative Cities (CIRCuIT) is a collaborative project running from 2019-2023, involving 31 ambitious partners across the built environment chain in Copenhagen, Hamburg, the Helsinki Region and Greater London. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, the project will support the creation of regenerative cities by implementing sustainable and circular construction practices.​  

CIRCuIT partners undertook a research exercise to identify buildings at risk of demolition in each city and assess their potential to adapt and transform. In this report, they present their findings and give insights into the individual methodological approaches they used to aid other cities striving to become more circular to achieve their goals.  

Read the report

Register here for the last CIRCuIT news 

Recent events

H2020 projects joining forces to tackle challenges that need to be overcome to benefit from a modular product strategy and industrialization

As part of the hybrid conference Sustainable Places 2021, the Drive 0 partners (coordinator Huygen & technical coordinator ZUYD) organized a joint workshop entitled “Modularity and Industrialisation of Building envelope kits: Challenges, propositions and Barriers towards deep-renovation” which was held on 29th Sep 2021 and other active H2020 projects, that work towards deep renovations uptake through introduction of industrialized and modular renovation kits, were invited to participate.  

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Upcoming events

UIPI Renovation Tour - Basque Owners on Board on 28 October in Vitoria & Bilbao (Spain) + online
In association with CCPU (Confederación de Cámaras de la Propiedad Urbana) and Opengela, UIPI will organise the third event of this series in Vitoria and Bilbao, Spain, on 28 October 2021. It aims to bring the European Commission’s (EC) climate targets closer to EU citizens, notably basque property owners, by leading locally relevant policy debates and proposing practical solutions building on existing European and local initiatives.

The event will be divided in two sessions, two morning policy panels with EU, national and local policy makers and all the sector's stakeholders implicated, which will discuss the proposed climate policies and their role in implementing them. In the afternoon several EU-funded projects in which UIPI is a partner (RenoZEB, TripleA-reno, Save the Homes, Opengela) will be presented to offer technical, financial, support and assistance practical solutions to the participants, in order to convey the changes that are expected from them.

 More information 

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The Drive 0 Consortium

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 841850.
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