The European Commission has invited INNOVA4EU to define the most appropiate innovation strategies to foster near zero energy buildings.
All buildings must achieve "nearly zero energy" by end of 2020 (end of 2018 for public buildings), thus the European Commission has to encourage "plus energy buildings" to reduce overall energy use and increase share of renewables.
One of the main barriers is the costs of plus energy buildings, thus the industry needs to deliver affordable solutions to meet these targets.
Energy efficiency in the built environment cannot be solved on a Member State scale: novel technologies and systemic solutions are needed, which are optimised leveraging on research at EU scale, but customised at local scale.
INNOVA4EU will help the European Commission to evaluate technical solutions to accelerate market uptake and implementation in cities.
Solutions will target, but are not limited to: smart control systems, materials, new designs, renewable energy sources and building/district management controls.