On-going projects

The project will provide solutions not only for renewable technologies, but also for recycling and reusing locally available resources and building materials from the existing building stock. It will develop proven deep renovation products further into circular renovation products with an emphasis on easy to install plug & play prefab solutions for building envelope elements and building services.

A ‘EU Circular Renovation Atlas’ will be developed. It will look into the design process of deep building renovation solutions in order to take into account locally bio-based materials in different processes such as re-use, re-process and recycle. The project will also develop a consumer centred business models based on circular building renovation concepts supported by digitalisation and gamification.

The result will provide an attractive and understandable information of real total life-cycle performances for consumers and potential investors. The solutions produced will be fully automated BIM controlled production processes and they will be tested and validated in seven demonstration cases in Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain.

The project kicked-off within the Symposium on Circular Renovation at the Brightlands Chemelot Campus (NL) on October 24, 2019.


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Cultural-E goes a step beyond Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) towards the future of Plus Energy Buildings (PEBs). The team is approaching this topic by looking at climate and cultural differences in the use of residential buildings around Europe. By the end of the five years the project will have built four new Plus Energy Buildings in France, Germany, Italy and Norway. Cultural-E will also produce design tools, smart technologies, methodologies and policy recommendations for Plus Energy Buildings.

The project team will develop technologies that take into consideration the local climate and socio-cultural contexts to enable a comprehensive optimisation of value/cost ratio of PEBs. One of the design tools will be an interactive atlas of the different European climate-cultural geo-clusters in combination with possible solution sets in order to provide guidance for architects and designers interested in building PEBs.

The smart technologies such as cloud-based House Management System, combining natural ventilation in a smart hybrid ventilation system, smart air movement system, and the decentralized Packed Heat Pump system will be further developed. Existing technologies such as photovoltaic/battery systems, thermal insulation materials, thermal mass activation and storage, shading systems will be further consolidated. Eight climate and cultural solutions sets will be developed.

The affordable solutions will guarantee a plus energy balance, a deep reduction in GHG emissions, healthy and comfortable indoor environments, provided by climate-resilient technologies. The team will also look at co-benefits, such as health and community impact. For instance, a PEB could balance the energy needs of a cultural heritage building in the same district, which cannot be retrofitted.

The architects and designers will also be provided with an easy to understand and informative data visualisation for energy simulations to support the design of Plus Energy Buildings. Finally, the project intends to accelerate the transition from nZEBs to Plus Energy Buildings by providing policymakers with evidence-based recommendations that address cultural factors and legal barriers. One of ACE’s responsibilities is the drafting of various policy papers aimed at the next EPBD revision 2024-2026, at the end of the project.


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DigiPLACE will produce a feasibility study for the development of a European Industrial Digital Construction Platform in order to modernise the European Construction industry and ensure its global competitiveness in the 21st century. The project will not develop the actual platform but rather a framework for it, to be developed in a future EU tender. In order to pave the way for a strong digital network environment, DigiPLACE engages with a large stakeholder community, of which ACE represents the architects’ point of view.

The project team set out by identifying existing digital platforms inside and outside the construction sector in order to produce a comparative analysis of the state-of-the-art. DigiPLACE will also provide an impact analysis of digital technologies in the construction industry and other sectors for identification of possible points of knowledge transfer.

The project will also identify the gap between industries that are used to digitalisation in their production process and the construction industry in order to set a clear definition of limitations and barriers for the construction industry to overcome. Finally, the project will propose a roadmap for the future research and public policies.

The project will also be supported by an Advisory Board who will validate the quality of the delivered knowledge and specifications. ACE has nominated Mr Peter Hyttel Sørensen the chair of the ACE BIM WG as a candidate for the AB election.

ACE has also organised the webinar 'Are architects ready for digitalisation' in September 2020. During the webinar the DigiPLACE team presented a European state-of-the-art analysis, examining how digitalised the construction industry already is, and which are the possible points of knowledge transfer. Furthermore, experts in the field of architecture and digitalisation highlighted the necessity of architects’ involvement in the 4.0 revolution. Watch the webinar recorded session here.


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BIM4EEB aims to foster the renovation industry by developing an attractive and powerful BIM-based toolset with attractive solutions for building retrofitting in order to support designers in the design and planning phase, construction companies to efficiently carry out their work and service companies in maintenance. Additionally, public and private owners will be able to use the tool that eases decision-making and asset management, thanks to the exploitation of augmented reality and the use of updated digital logbooks.

This toolkit is the basic instrument for increasing semantic interoperability between software and stakeholders involved along the overall renovation process (design, planning, construction, performance assessment and management). End-users of the entire renovation process will actively participate in the development phases ensuring the full matching of project deliveries with the market expectations. Inhabitants will benefit from the increase in building performance, quality and comfort.

BIM4EEB will deliver an innovative common BIMMS (BIM management system) with linked data and a set of six tools, as follows:

· Tool 1 BIM4EEB Fast mapping toolkit

· Tool 2 BIM4EEB BIMeaser

· Tool 3 BIM4EEB BIM4occupants



· Tool 6 BIM4EEB BIMplanner

BIM4EEB focuses on delivering high levels of modularity between the software tools enabling their use as standalone products or services, or as part of a consolidated kit, usable for AEC end users, consulting services or by other IT businesses, if required.

Overall, BIM4EEB targets the reduction of least 20% of renovation time, 15% the average renovation cost, 10% of net primary energy use for a typical residential apartment and a reduction from 3 to 1.5 working days required for a deep energy audit.


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ICARO works on the redefinition of profiles and training of construction site technicians. ICARO will assume a crucial role in relation to the revitalisation of the construction industry, which needs a generational replacement, orientating young and unemployed towards qualified professions. Moreover, the project will also include gender issues in the construction sector, since among vocational education graduates, only 10 % are women.

The project will focus on Work Based Learning (WBL) methods and exchange and mobility experiences within companies into the training process. As a result, the project will generate a beneficial impact on employability of young people reducing unemployment at European level, promoting actions that facilitate a quality training that is attractive and relevant to the employment Market.

The objectives of ICARO are essentially three:

· revitalize the building sector by means of a profound generational turnover, steering the young and unemployed towards qualified professions;

· reverse the trend that sees few women employed in construction;

· increase employment possibilities by incorporating work-based learning in the training process of companies.

Icaro’s aim is to improve the planning of training activities that lead to the VET qualification at a European level involving students, enterprises and the system of professions. Work transition and apprenticeships must become the paradigm of training so as to introduce elements of flexibility within the curricula. In this scenario the experience of Work Base Learning plays a strategic role. The impact of the project will be particularly relevant in the 3 countries taking part in the project: Lithuania, Spain and Italy.


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BIM-SPEED is developing a combination of methodologies and tools with one central information source at its core: The Building Information Model (BIM), which will be the catalyst for a smarter, more efficient method of deep renovation for the residential building sector.

The mission of BIM-SPEED is to take ‘BIM for renovation of existing residential building stock’ to a deep renovation level of at least 60% energy saving, and to accelerate the BIM market uptake across the EU. BIM-SPEED aims to enable all stakeholders to adopt BIM to reduce the time of deep renovation projects by at least 30%.

The interoperability of a full range of BIM tools for renovation will be accommodated on the innovative BIM cloud platform KROQI. Throughout the 4-years, BIM-SPEED will demonstrate the holistic solution in 13 real demonstration cases in eight different countries (Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain) The impact of BIM-Speed actions is going to be assessed by 13 Key Performance Indicators (KPI).

ACE is proud to have several Architectural Practices involved on BIM-Speed Community of Practice and participating on our annual ‘Industry Day’ webinar.

The first webinar was held on 24 October 2019. For more information click here.

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ACE also will jointly organise an EU-wide BIM Competition with other European umbrella organisations in all relevant disciplines (architects, HVAC engineers and construction firms). Do you want to know more about the competition? Follow us on Social Media!


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A three-year Erasmus+ project on BIM in higher and vocational education. The construction industry across Europe is facing major challenges in achieving energy efficiency targets, in particular for nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB), but it is also experiencing a digital revolution, with Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The project will support the construction industry, through education and training to up-skill in the area of technical innovation and digitalisation. BIMzeED develops and pilots 12-16 Learning Units as Open Educational Resources (OERs), and train and upskill 120 educators at European Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Vocational Education and Trainings (VETs). The Learning Units will be common units with flexible standardised delivery (in class, on-line and on-site) suitable for HEI and VET training.

The initial training content will include nZEB related subjects with BIM maturity. The training content will be developed and delivered in a Blended Learning format supported by an E-Learning portal, and once finalised the Learning Units will be made available as Toolkits to potential students, HEIs, VETs and SMEs.

The project team is working with various professionals (20+), SMEs, industry, product and technology providers, R&D and policy makers across Europe. By working with SMEs to tackle skills mismatches and promote excellence in skill development, BIMzeED is in line with the ‘renewed EU agenda for higher education’ (Education and Training 2020 strategy) and also ensures that SMEs are not left behind in this fast-developing industry.

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TripleA-reno seeks to change the paradigm that buildings use energy, as in fact people use energy for their comfort at home, work, etc. The aim of this project is to activate the renovation market, which faces many barriers, but not only technological ones. For this, TripleA-reno provides occupants and building professionals with the right information and tools in order to make deep renovation attractive, acceptable and affordable, hence TripleA-reno.

The project will raise self-awareness of occupants’ behaviour, by providing gamified support tools, which help occupants to make informed and economically wise decisions regarding the renovations of their homes. The benefits of the proposed solutions are tested and demonstrated in live cases (Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, Spain) whereas the results are rolled-out on a wider EU scale through the TripleA-reno Road Show. The Road Show events include an interactive workshop on storytelling about decision making in residential renovation and present the gamification platform developed in the project.

In 2019 the “TripleA-reno Road Show” started with awareness raising events at CLIMA 2019 in Bucharest and at the Social Housing Festival in June in Lyon. You can watch a trailer to the Road Show here.

Due to the Covid-19 emergency, the TripleA-reno Road Show around EU couldn't happen in 2020. The project team came up with a contingency plan moving from a Road Show to a "Home Show", getting to the homes of the project partners. You can watch the Home Show episodes at this link.

ACE also organised an Energy Day on ‘Voluntary certification schemes and other integrated approaches in support of deep renovation of buildings’ during the EUSEW 2019 on June 18 in Brussels. Watch the session here .


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RenoZEB aims to unlock the nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) renovation market by increasing property value through a new systemic approach to retrofitting. This includes innovative components, and processes and decision-making methodologies to guide all value-chain actors in the nZEB building renovation action. RenoZEB develops cost-effective ‘plug and play’ solutions for large-scale deep nZEB renovation. The real (Estonia, Spain) and virtual (Bulgaria, Greece, Italy) demonstration cases will show and ensure the replicability of the approach to different building types and climates. The technical tools will monitor the buildings before and after the nZEB renovation.

This will be achieved through:

1) Innovative, holistic, cost-effective, and fast deep retrofitting methodologies for nZEB

2) ICT tools to support nZEB renovation

3) Cost-effective and non-intrusive prefabricated multi-functional modular ‘plug and play’ façade systems for the renovation of buildings

4) The transformation of buildings into Active Energy buildings in order to increase the post-retrofitting property value

5) New collaborative methodologies and decision-making process for selecting the best energy efficient renovation strategy for each building

6) New drivers of change for the Real Estate Industry creating improved post-renovated property value schemes

7) The demonstration of market replicability of the RenoZEB approach through real and virtual demonstration sites.

ACE co-organised a policy session on ‘scaling-up deep energy retrofit markets towards 2030 targets’ during the EUSEW 2019 in June in Brussels. Watch the session here.


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