Take the energy bill back to the promised building performance

To minimize the gap between the predicted and computed energy performance of buildings is a very challenging goal and only project partners with very complementary background know‐how can succeed in this task. Only through the collaboration of leading groups at European level and two European cities can the ambitious goals of this project be achieved.


Kick off Tribute (3)

List of the beneficiaries with additional information can be found below.

Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique SA
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WWW: www.csem.ch
Primary contact: Emmanuel Onillon
GA member: Emmanuel Onillon
WP participation: WP1, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8, WP9, WP10
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CSEM Centre Suisse d’ Electronique et de Microtechnique (Swiss Centre for Electronics and Micro‐technology), founded in 1984, is a private research and development centre, which has specialized in micro‐technology, nanotechnology, microelectronics, systems engineering and communications technologies. It offers its customers and industry partners tailor made innovative solutions based on its technological expertise from applied research. Furthermore, in founding start‐ups, it actively contributes to developing Switzerland as an industrial location. To date, a total of 29 such new enterprises have been launched by CSEM.

Schneider Electric Industries SAS
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WWW: www.schneider-electric.com
Primary contact: Henri Obara
GA member: Didier Pellegrin
WP participation: WP1, WP3, WP5, WP7, WP8, WP9, WP10
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Schneider Electric employs 7000 researchers and developers worldwide. The Group invests over 5 % of its revenue in R&D. Conforming to the partnership spirit is guiding its strategy, Schneider Electric works with over 50 universities and private sector laboratories throughout the world. The Group was one of the first to integrate Internet technology in its applications, to accomplish faster and better innovation. With its new positioning as the Energy Management Specialist, the Group has also engaged into new partnerships, with companies to enable new business models, as much as to accelerate cross domain innovation.

Cork Institute of Technology
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WWW: nimbus.cit.ie
Primary contact: Kieran Delaney
GA member: Dirk Pesch
WP participation: WP2, WP4, WP7
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Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is a publicly funded Higher Education Institution in the South of Ireland. CIT is the largest of Ireland’s Institutes of Technology outside Dublin with a total student enrolment of about 13,000 full‐time and part‐time students. The Technologies for Embedded Computing (TEC) group at CIT conducts research in hardware and software technologies for wireless embedded systems with particular emphasis on wireless sensor and actuator networks, wireless vehicular networks, and embedded systems integration with applications in transportation, energy management, ambient systems, augmented materials, and electronic health. The Centre is involved in a number of key national and EU funded projects in the area of wireless networked embedded systems.

IBM Ireland Limited
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WWW: www.ibm.com
Primary contact: Joern Ploennigs
GA member: Joern Ploennigs
WP participation: WP1, WP2, WP3, WP5, WP7, WP8, WP9, WP10
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IBM is one of the leading global technology companies. IBM’s smarter planet initiative seeks to balance societal progress, economic growth and sustainable development. Smart Buildings are an important pillar in this strategy. IBM has several software products for smart buildings from facility and asset management, to data analysis and energy optimisation. IBM was rated as technology leading company in the IDC Worldwide Smart Building Energy Analytics Vendor Assessment 2011 and won the VERGE 25 Green Building Award in 2012.
IBM Research and Development – Ireland was established in July 2010. The research is focussed on: (i) Smart Cities Technology Centre (SCTC) (ii) Risk Management, (iii) Exascale, (iv) Next Generation Systems. SCTC advances science and technology for analytics, optimizations, and systems for sustainable energy, constrained water, green buildings, urban transportation, and city fabric. Collaboration is central to our culture and the SCTC team works closely with city authorities, universities, small and large businesses as well as global experts to develop new paradigms in making city systems connected, sustainable and smart.

Technische Universität Dresden
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WWW: tu-dresden.de
Primary contact: Jana Clement
GA member: Klaus Kabitzsch
WP participation: WP2, WP3, WP5, WP9,
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Dresden University of Technology (TUD) is member of the group of the 9 leading Technical Universities in Germany. It is a full‐scale university with 14 faculties, with 36.000 students, over 4500 employees and about 600 professors. TUD will be represented in the project by the Chair for Technical Information Systems of the Institute of Applied Computed Science (IAI). The chair has 30 researchers (27 of them funded by 3rd party projects) working in the fields of manufacturing and control (advanced process control, virtual sensors, and advanced control), diagnosis (monitoring, fault detection, test and diagnosis), real time analytics (process modelling, predictive maintenance, data mining, pattern detection), remote maintenance (teleservice, troubleshooting), self‐organisation of FDD systems, automatic system design, and wireless and wired sensor‐actuator‐networks in the domains of building automation, semiconductor industry, and industrial automation.

TBC Innovations SAS
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WWW: www.tbcinnovation.fr
Primary contact: Christel Jimenez
GA member: Christel Jimenez
WP participation: WP3, WP5, WP6, WP7
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TBC is a privately owned SME, founded in 1993, specialized in Research and Development of new products and innovative solutions for sustainable and energy efficient buildings. Linked to major building research centers, we help our customers to carry out successful innovation products strategies. Our activity is divided into three business lines being: research and engineering, product development and socio‐economical consultancy.
As engineering experts for new building components development we have a background of 15 years in building performance improvement. TBC is a specialist of the building envelops systems, materials and techniques. TBC has been committed in the development of numerous innovative solutions including external insulation systems but also super insulating materials. TBC is active in many specific research topics including:

  • – most advanced materials for building of tomorrow
  • – new products for the construction industry
  • – innovative tools for efficient constructions
  • – avant‐garde building processes and concepts

Our scientific and technical expertise includes the thermal and energy behaviour of buildings with the use of simulation tools such as Comfie, EnergyPlus, TRNSYS, and Peyrenoud softwares. We are also active in the research field of modelling techniques. TBC has been invloved in numerous R&D project at national and European levels, including FP6 and FP7 projects.

EQUA Simulation AB
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WWW: www.equa.se
Primary contact: Per Sahlin
GA member: Per Sahlin
WP participation: WP1, WP2, WP3, WP5, WP6, WP9, WP10
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EQUA markets simulation tools for engineers. Based on its simulation platform IDA Simulation Environment, EQUA develops specialized simulators for engineering applications in the building and construction, energy and process industries as well as customized simulators for individual companies in the same sectors. EQUAs IDA Indoor Climate and Energy (ICE) is the commercially leading BPS application in Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland. 60‐80 man‐years of development have gone into creating perhaps the world’s most advanced tool in this field.

Communauté d’Agglomération de La Rochelle
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WWW: www.agglo-larochelle.fr
Primary contact: Matthieu Graindorge
GA member: Jean-Marc Marechal
WP participation: WP1, WP2, WP6, WP7, WP8, WP9, WP10
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La Rochelle Urban Community (CdA‐LR) is a local authority ruling a medium‐sized territory (146 362 inhabitants) which lies on the west coast of France in the Poitou‐Charentes region. The CdALR have competencies in many domains, ranging from town planning to economic development, environment, mobility and urban transport, urban policy or socially balanced housing. For the last 30 years, La Rochelle has been experiencing a huge urban extension, especially with individual dwellings. In order to respond to the current demand, while taking into account the needs of future generations, La Rochelle has decided to raise its ambitions and to give a second wind to its urbanism policy, opting for a sustainable approach.

Université de la Rochelle
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WWW: www.univ-larochelle.fr
Primary contact: Florian Battezzati
GA member: Francis Allard
WP participation: WP2, WP3, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8
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La Rochelle University will take care of the different tasks through ‘Tipee‐Project, the new technological platform for building rehabilitation. The Tipee‐Project project aims to create a physical platform of expertise and additional resources dedicated to building energy rehabilitation in Lagord (La Rochelle). LaSIE (Engineering Sciences for Environmental Studies Laboratory), through the leadership of the Tipee‐project, is strongly involved in the implementation of the technological platform. The project is sustained by the “Plan Grenelle Bâtiment” which is the French government organization in charge of giving directives for the future standards of building codes in accordance with international and European protocols for building energy performance.

Citta di Torino
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WWW: www.comune.torino.it
Primary contact: Beatrice Greco
GA member: Gianfranco Presutti
WP participation: WP1, WP2, WP3, WP6, WP7, WP8, WP9, WP10
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The City of Torino is a local public authority, located in the North‐west part of Italy (Region Piemonte) which administers a territory of about 130 square metres and a population of about 906.874 people. The City of Turin is strongly committed to become a “smarter city”, fostering a sustainable, intelligent and inclusive urban growth. Turin path to become a “Smart City” started 3 years ago, when the City Council took the decision to take part in the initiative of the European Commission “Covenant of Mayors” (2009) and – as one of the first Italian cities – engaged itself to elaborate Turin Action Plan for Energy (2010). The Torino Smart City Initiative has then been officially launched in 2011 and represents the new innovation policy framework for the overall territory and institutions, providing new way for collaborative actions in the field sustainable energy; sustainable environment and planning; sustainable mobility; ICT for better public services; social cohesion and innovation.

Politecnico di Torino
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WWW: www.polito.it
Primary contact: Andrea Acquaviva
GA member: Federico Della Croce di Dojola
WP participation: WP7, WP8
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Politecnico di Torino is an engineering university based in Turin, northern Italy. Established in 1859, Politecnico di Torino is Italy’s oldest Technical University. It is one of the top technical universities in Italy. POLITO will participate to TRIBUTE project with the Department of Computer and Control Engineering. In particular, EDA research group will contribute with its expertise in smart devices, middleware and policies for energy efficiency.

ZEDFactory Europe Limited
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WWW: www.zedfactory.com
Primary contact: Sue Dunster
GA member: Bill Dunster
WP participation: WP3, WP6, WP7, WP8, WP9
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ZEDfactory are the architects of BedZED, the UK’s first and largest Zero Energy Development. Completed in 2002, BedZED has created a thriving community in which people enjoy a high quality of life while living within their fair share of the Earth’s resources. The mixed‐use development was awarded the RIBA Sustainability Award 2003 and shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2003. ZEDfactory is a leader in the field of low carbon architecture. Our designs for zero carbon developments, from individual homes to large‐scale urban masterplanning, are sought out by clients around the world. Our London office is at BedZED.

Fundacio Institut de Recerca de l’Energia de Catalunya
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WWW: www.irec.cat
Primary contact: Elena Fuentes
GA member: Elena Fuentes
WP participation: WP1, WP2, WP3, WP5, WP6, WP9
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The Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) is an institution funded and sponsored by major energy companies and governmental Spanish institutions that performs innovative research over a wide range of disciplines within the science and technology energy field. The Thermal Energy and Building Performance Group at IREC institute has wide expertise in building dynamics simulation and offers state‐of‐the‐art experimental laboratory facilities for evaluating and improving the performance of emerging energy technologies and building thermal/electrical components under realistic dynamic conditions.

TEKEVER – Technologias de Informacao, S.A.
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WWW: www.tekever.com
Primary contact: Pedro Antonio
GA member: Ricardo Mendes
WP participation: WP1, WP7, WP8, WP9
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TEKEVER is a product‐oriented company whose vision is to provide technology to make the EVERNET a reality (enable everyone, everywhere, at any time to collaborate to achieve a common goal). TEK’s core business is the development of multichannel technologies and advanced communication systems including HW and SW. TEK has significant experience in collaborative research with over twenty participations in European projects (FP6, FP7, ESA, EDA). TEK has solid experience in the design and development of software platforms, fast prototyping of applications and hardware products and prototypes (incl. MANET radios). TEK is a member of AFCEA International, ASD (through its national association) and the ISI Initiative. TEK has an extensive curriculum of mobile applications and services development (over 11 years and 500+ corporate customers) for mobile devices, having developed numerous applications in collaboration with mobile operators both for enterprises and citizens (e.g. mobile banking solutions, WFM, SME services, logistics) and TEK works with all major mobile platforms. Particularly in the Energy, Utilities and Services Markets, TEK currently exploits two product lines: the OZONO service suite which comprises a complete set of tools for optimizing Workforce and Asset Management activities; and uMETER, a high‐value, low‐cost set of tools for optimizing household energy consumption, and reducing the personal carbon footprint.

NXP Semiconductors Netherlands BV
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WWW: www.nxp.com
Primary contact: Ewout Brandsma
GA member: Ewout Brandsma
WP participation: WP1, WP3, WP4, WP7, WP8
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NXP Semiconductors provides High Performance Mixed Signal and Standard Product solutions that leverage its leading RF, Analog, Power Management, Interface, Security and Digital Processing expertise. These innovations are used in a wide range of automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications. In this project, NXP Semiconductors participates from both Research and from the new business unit focusing on sensor products (based in Leuven, Belgium).

AMIRES s.r.o.
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WWW: www.amires.eu
Primary contact: Václav Smítka
GA member: Rudolf Fryček
WP participation: WP1, WP7, WP9, WP10
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AMIRES is a consulting and management company for research, development and innovation projects, which provides the necessary strategic and administrative support to high quality international teams to achieve their objectives and facilitates the research‐industrial and research‐policy making interface. AMIRES follows projects from their initiation and planning, through negotiation, execution and management to the final stage, where exploitation of a new technologies, products or services is facilitated. Moreover, main mission of the company is to facilitate the access of European research to high‐tech SMEs and improve exploitation of innovative ideas. AMIRES s. r. o. is based in the Czech Republic but provides its services all around Europe.