Leitza pilots at Bioterra

Jul 06, 2023


BIOTERRA is a local fair where different companies show their services or products, all related to energy efficiency, renewable energies bioconstruction, organic food products, other organic products, and responsible consumption. It is held in Irun, Basque Country, every year. Our partner Goiener has participated with a stand during the three days of the fair to show their services and their involvement in the SmartLivingEPC project. Goiener is a pilot manager of Leitza Pilots and has presented an overview of the demonstration buildings through the poster (in the Basque language) that you can find here.


Sustainable Places 2023 - Joint Workshop of InCUBE, REHOUSE, D^2EPC, SmartLivingEPC, CHRONICLE, and EPC RECAST projects

Jun 21, 2023

​Sustainable Places is an annual international conference that brings together researchers, industry professionals, and policymakers to discuss and showcase the latest advancements in sustainable building and urban planning. For its 11th annual edition, the Sustainable Places conference took place in Madrid, Spain from June 14th to June 16th, 2023.

SmartLivingEPC, in collaboration with InCUBE, REHOUSE, D^2EPC, CHRONICLE, and EPC RECAST, co-organized a workshop titled "Digitalization of Energy Performance Assessment to Enable Retrofits". The workshop held on the 15th of June was articulated into two parts:

  • The first part focused on Digitalizing the Energy Performance Assessment: This session started with the presentations of D^2EPC followed by EPC RECAST and CHRONICLE, in conclusion, Mr. Paris Folkaides from SmartLivingEPC provided a presentation entitled “Towards digitized EPCs with enhanced information: the SmartLivingEPC project".
  • The second part focused on the Digitalization of the renovation process: During this session, InCUBE and REHOUSE provided their presentations on digitalization and innovation to accelerate the EU building renovation rate.

The workshop ended with a round table discussion on “Digitalization as a support tool for the energy efficiency improvement in the renovation process".

Presenters at the workshop:

  • ​Christos Malavazos, HYPERTECH (HSRT), CHRONICLE
  • Paris Fokaides, FRC, SmartLivingEPC
  • Daniel Galera Alquegui, CIRCE, InCUBE
  • Javier Antolín, CARTIF, REHOUSE
  • Nikos Katsaros, CERTH, D^2EPC
  • Sarah Noyer, TECNALIA, EPC RECAST 

SmartLivingEPC's active participation at Sustainable Places 2023 helped foster knowledge exchange, collaboration, and innovation within the realm of digitalization for energy performance assessment and retrofitting. The workshop facilitated the identification of key challenges, the exploration of novel solutions, and the establishment of partnerships among stakeholders from academia, industry, and policymakers. Furthermore, the workshop enables continued cooperation with sister projects and sharing key objectives, progress, and outcomes.

As the project continues its mission to revolutionize energy performance assessment, SmartLivingEPC aims to translate the insights gained from Sustainable Places 2023 into practical tools, methodologies, and guidelines that can be adopted by professionals in the field. By harnessing the potential of digital technologies, SmartLivingEPC strives to accelerate the transition toward sustainable and energy-efficient buildings.


The 2nd plenary meeting

Apr 28, 2023

The second plenary meeting of SmartLivingEPC was hosted by the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, on April 20th and 21st.

On the first day of the meetings, the consortium partners traveled to Leitze, a city next to Bilbao, with 6 demonstration cases for the project. The meeting started with a welcome from GOI, and an introduction by CERTH. The mayor of Leitza presented an introduction to the initiatives of the city to improve sustainability and the pilot sites of Leitza.

The first presentation by CERTH was about the project management work package, discussing the project status, a list of actions, and deliverables and milestones for the next period. Afterward, tasks of WP1, Exploration for Smart Living EPCs, were presented, elaborating on the main achievements and findings.

The demonstration cases, including residential, educational, public, and multi-purpose buildings were visited by the consortium partners. These buildings will provide unique opportunities for the project to identify how older buildings with no digital information can be dealt with in the scope of EPCs.

On the second day, the meeting took place at the campus of the University of Deusto. The progress of WP2, SmartLivingEPC asset methodology, WP3, SmartLivingEPC operational methodology, and WP4, Building digitalization towards Smart Living EPCs, were presented by WP leaders, AIIR, FRC, and IESRD. Tasks leaders also presented the status of each task, in addition to main findings, and next steps. Due to the lack of time, WP7 presentations were postponed to be discussed in the WP7 meeting on Wednesday, April 26th.

​Finally, the consortium partners had a short visit to the environmental improvements of the campus of UDeusto. The next plenary meeting will be held in Estonia, hosted by TalTech. The plenary meetings provide the chance for the consortium partners to meet in person, build up the foundations of the collaboration, and embark on interesting and fruitful discussions about the project. The project is in its first year and is moving steadily towards its milestones and objectives. 

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SmartLivingEPC pitch video from the 3rd NDA workshop Mar 06, 2023

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SmartLivingEPC pitch video from the 3rd NDA workshop

Mar 06, 2023

​The Next Gen EPC cluster 3rd Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) workshop has been held on 13th of December 2022. The main scope was to explore together synergies and join forces as identified best for successfully implementing the individual projects and overall maximizing the impact at cluster level.

​The event included also 5min elevator pitches per project. You can check ours here​!

​​For making a meaningful, impactful and lasting contribution to the evolution process of the European Building Performance Assessment and Certification (both mandatory and voluntary) the Next Gen EPC cluster of projects strongly believes in enabling and facilitating an open dialogue and structured exchange in between the sister initiatives.

First newsletterFeb 22, 2023

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First newsletter

Feb 22, 2023

At the end of last year we sent out our first newsletter! You can find it under Project results or by clicking on this link. Even better - subscribe and never miss our newsletter again!​

The 1st Plenary Meeting in Limassol, CyprusJan 25, 2023

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The 1st Plenary Meeting in Limassol, Cyprus

Jan 25, 2023

The 1st Plenary meeting of SmartLivingEPC has been organized by Fredrick University and held in Limassol, Cyprus on January 16th. As the first plenary meeting, the main goals were to present the status of started WPs, and to discuss and plan the next required actions.


On the first day, partners from CERTH started the meeting with presenting the project status, project management roles and responsibilities, and defining the actions and milestones for the next period. The meeting continued by presentations of WP1, which aims to explore the market and technological conditions where SmartLivingEPC will be realized. In addition, WP2 and WP3 were presented, discussing SmartLivingEPC asset and operational methodology. At the end, WP7 partners presented the status and actions regarding project's communication, dissemination, and exploitation. The meeting was concluded by discussing closing remarks and pre-planning the next meetings.


The meeting was a great chance for the consortium partners to meet in person, and discuss the project together. However, it was held hybrid, and it is hoped that all partners can join the next plenary meetings in person, to increase the opportunities for making a strong collaboration within the consortium. ​

"NEXT GENERATION EPC" Webinar, 23rd January 2023Jan 20, 2023

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"NEXT GENERATION EPC" Webinar, 23rd January 2023

Jan 20, 2023

​​​frESCO H2020 Project has organized the "NEXT GENERATION EPC" webinar with collaboration of BEYOND Project - H2020D^2EPC ProjectSmartSPIN Project, and SmartLivingEPC Project on 23rd January 2023. 

The speakers are as follows:

  • Juan Antonio Aranda Uson, Project Manager at CIRCE and frESCO project coordinator, will give a general presentation and overview of the project
  • Paris A. Fokaides, Senior Researcher, Scientific and Technical Manager will give a SmartLivingEPC Project presentation 
  • Magda Foti, Head of Energy Systems Analysis & Digitalization Unit at Ubitech, will give a technical presentation of the frESCO Project
  • Julia Kantorovitch, Senior Researcher (Ph.D., Tech.) at VTT – Technical Research Center of   Finland, Smart cities and Intelligent buildings business area will give a BEYOND Project presentation 
  • Luciano De Tommasi, Senior Research Engineer and Team Leader of “Smart Energy Services and   Regulatory Innovation” will give a SMARTSPIN Project presentation 
  • Stavros Koltsios, Research Associate at CERTH/ITI  will give a D^2EPC Project presentation 

You can register for this webinar here.​​ 

Paper on SmartLivingEPC project in EESAP13Nov 17, 2022

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Paper on SmartLivingEPC project in EESAP13

Nov 17, 2022

​The paper "​The potential for improvement in the new generation of Energy Performance Certification with an integrated approach to assessment at neighbourhood level. SmartLivingEPC Project- case study of Leitza", written by Eider Iribar and Chris Merveille has been presented in the thirteenth edition of the International Conference on Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Architecture and Urban Planning (EESAP 13). 

The paper describes the challenges in developing the next generation EPC schemes and introduces the SmartLivingEPC project. It mentions that it will be based on digital tools, and it will integrate verious indicators that until now have not been included in the methodologies, such as life-cycle analysis, air quality, acoustic quality, water consumption, level of building intelligence (SRI), and the actual operation of facilities. The paper also mentions that, in addition to developing the rating system at building level (Building EPC), another rating scheme will be obtained at the level of building complex level (Complex EPC). This extension to the neighbourhood level and energy communities is one of the most important innovative aspect of SmartLivingEPC.​ The building complex in Leitza, Spain is also described as the case study of this project. describes the pilot complex of buildings in Spain. 

You can see the conference's abstract book here

Deep Renovation of buildings: what Energy Performance Certificates can doNov 09, 2022

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Deep Renovation of buildings: what Energy Performance Certificates can do

Nov 09, 2022

​​​Dr.-Ing. Paris A. Fokaides, Associate Professor at Frederick University, partner and scientific coordinator of SmartLivingEPC, will have the honour to represent the SmartLivingEPC project during the Next Gen EPC cluster panel discussion. Furthermore, Clara Ouvrier (ANEC) and Andrei Vladimir Litiu (REHVA) will participate to the QualDeEPC final conference also representing SmartLivingEPC in their communication, dissemination and clustering responsibilities as SmartLivingEPC partners.​

There is room for improvement in energy savings in the building sector, mainly through refurbishing Europe’s existing building stock. Amongst the measures introduced in the EU to boost energy savings is Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), providing buildings and owners with an incentive to invest in improving energy efficiency. In addition to improving the practical implementation of the assessment, issuance, design, and use of EPCs, QualDeEPC has focused on deep renovation recommendations.

All the progress made since the start of the project in 2019 has kept the deep renovation measures at its core. How can increasing the quality of EPC schemes accelerate the deep renovation of buildings? Join the final conference of QualDeEPC to discover the new EPC template, tools developed, and policy recommendations. On this occasion, participants will also meet representatives of the Next Gen EPCerts H2020 cluster​ which is the hub of the H2020 projects working on EPC.


You can REGISTER for the event here. ​

Draft Agenda

12:00 – 13:3​​​0

Networking welcoming lunch

13:30 – 13:40

Introduction of QualDeEPC: How and why we selected our 7 development priorities
Angelina Tomova, EAP

13:40 – 14:00

Policy recommendations for deep renovation – how could EPC-related articles in the EPBD be further improved?
Stefan Thomas, WI

14:00 – 14:15

Energy Performance Certification in the European policy context: what role should they have?
Member of the European Parliament (TBC)

14:15 – 14:30

The role of Member States in building certification policy

14:30 – 15:00

Panel Discussion 1
Deep Renovation in Europe, how to accelerate its share and the role of EPCs.
Animated by Åsa Wahlström, CIT Energy Management

15:00 – 15:20

Coffee break

15:20 – 15:40

Online tools, existing and new, and Deep Renovation Network Platforms
Effie Korma, CRES and Margarita Puente, ESCAN

15:40 – 16:00

EPC template for deep renovation; Results of testing and surveys
Peter Pannier, DENA and Gatis Žogla, Ekodoma

16:00 – 16:10

Energy performance certificates in EU projects: overview, new projects starting and LIFE CET calls

16:10 – 16:55

Panel discussion 2:
How can the projects of the Next Gen EPCs cluster use QualDeEPC’s results to carry enhancements further?
Animated by Miklós Horváth, Budapest university

16:55 – 17:00

Closing remarks
Pau Garcia Audi, DG ENER


SmartLivingEPC published on Enlit platformNov 04, 2022

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SmartLivingEPC published on Enlit platform

Nov 04, 2022

​Enlit is a constantly growing, inclusive and end-to-end forum that addresses every aspect of the energy agenda and connecting people driving the energy transition. In collaboration with European Commission, Enlit gives a platform to a big range of projects which are the first in line of defense against climate change.

Recently, SmartLivingEPC has been published in Enlit's projects directory under the categories of Digitization and Renewable Energy. In the introduction of the project, the following is highlighted:

  • Providing information in relation to the operational behaviour of the building, by introducing a new rating scale;

  • Covering aspects related to water consumption, as well as noise pollution and acoustics;

  • Developing two parallel schemes, one at the building level (Building EPC) and one at the level of building complex level (Complex EPC)​.​​

You can check out Enlit projects directory here.

SmartLivingEPC published on ECTP databaseOct 28, 2022

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SmartLivingEPC published on ECTP database

Oct 28, 2022

​​​The European Construction, built environment and energy efficient building Technology Platform (ECTP) is a leading membership organisation promoting and influencing the future of the Built Environment. ECTP is one of the 38 European Technology Platforms (ETPs) which are industry-led stakeholder fora recognised by the European Commission as key actors in driving innovation, knowledge transfer and European competitiveness. 

Recently SmartLivingEPC has been published in ECTP projects database. In the introduction of the project, the following is highlighted:

  • Providing information in relation to the operational behaviour of the building, by introducing a new rating scale;

  • Covering aspects related to water consumption, as well as noise pollution and acoustics;

  • Developing two parallel schemes, one at the building level (Building EPC) and one at the level of building complex level (Complex EPC)​.

You can check out ECTP projects database here.


SmartLivingEPC project featured in the EEI Autumn 2022 publication!Oct 20, 2022

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SmartLivingEPC project featured in the EEI Autumn 2022 publication!

Oct 20, 2022

“European Energy Innovation (EEI) is a communication platform designed with one purpose in mind: to put energy and transport stakeholders in touch with each other." They share information from the Energy Industry, Research Organisations and the European Institutions to highlight the significant energy challenges facing Europe today and the innovative technologies being deployed to meet them. 

The article is dedicated to the Next Generation Energy Performance Certificates cluster (Next Gen EPC cluster) of 13 projects within Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research and innovation programmes.

The main mantra of the Next Gen EPC cluster is going farther together as opposed to going fast alone for allowing an open co-creation process maximizing quality, relevance, utility and effectiveness while avoiding reinventing the wheel and ensure a coordinated and convergent approach.

​Read about SmartLivingEPC and other projects from the cluster here!

Kick-off meeting of the SmartLivingEPC projectJul 21, 2022

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Kick-off meeting of the SmartLivingEPC project

Jul 21, 2022

The consortium partners met in Thessaloniki, Greece on the 19th and 20th of July to kick off the SmartLivingEPC project!

The sustainable built environment should go beyond improving the energy efficiency of buildings and include also a qualitative and human dimension for the wellbeing of its users throughout the whole lifecycle of a building. Also, research currently neglects the impact of the neighbourhood design on the energy performance of buildings and of the neighborhood as a whole.

How to address these specific challenges?


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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under grant agreement no 101069639.