Centre for Research & Technology, Information Technologies Institute


The Information Technologies Institute (ITI) was founded in 1998 as a non-profit organization under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Greek Ministry of Development, with its head office located in Thessaloniki, Greece. Since 10/03/2000 it is a founding member of Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), one of the largest research centers in Greece the mission to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation.

CERTH/ITI is one of the leading Institutions of Greece in the fields of Informatics, Telematics and Telecommunications, with long experience in numerous European and national R&D projects in a large number of application sectors (energy, buildings and construction, health, manufacturing, robotics, (cyber)security, transport, smart cities, space, agri-food, marine and blue growth, etc.), with a staff of approximately 360 people.

CERTHA/ITI has participated in more than 525 research projects and R&D contracts, of which a large part is in the energy sector, including more than 25 ongoing (40 in total) EU R&D projects and national R&D projects.

For the last 10 years, the publication record of ITI includes more than 330 scientific publications in international journals, more than 780 publications in conferences and 100 books and book chapters. These works have been cited more than 7.500 times.​

Project Members

Dr Dimosthenis Ioannidis Project Coordinator

Dimosthenis Ioannidis is a Senior Researcher Associate in CERTH. He received the Diploma degree in electrical and computer engineering, the MSc. in Advanced Communication Systems and Engineering from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and his PhD with title «Privacy-aware human presence and movement analysis in controlled and uncontrolled environments», from the Faculty of Engineering department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras in 2000, 2005 and 2017 respectively. He has been a teaching assistant at TEI Thessaloniki (2006-2010). His main research interests include computer vision, stereoscopic image processing and signal analysis, linguistics algorithms, web services, semantics, visual analytics, energy efficiency, IoT platforms development and security ecosystems including blockchain, as well as research in ethics and biometrics. During the last five years, he has been the (co)author of more than 85 papers in refereed journals, edited books, and international conferences. He has served as a reviewer for several technical journals. He has also been involved in more than 30 research projects funded by the EC and the Greek secretariat of Research and Technology. During his involvement in these projects, he involved as a leader of several WPs, where he had the supervision of large team of developers and technical teams. He is also currently acting as an Ethics evaluator of running projects executed under the auspices of EC, providing services such as monitoring of research activities performed in projects in respect to assigned ethics requirements. Services are related to the assessment of the human participation in real-life trials, privacy enhancing technologies used for the protection of personal data as well as other ethics issues that shall be tackled within a project lifetime (i.e. dual use, misuse and personal sensitive data). Finally, Mr. Ioannidis is also a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Mrs Vasiliki Avgikou

Mrs Vasiliki Avgikou is a Research Associate at CERTH/ITI. She received her diploma in Forestry from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2002.  She has obtained aanMSc in Applied Geography specialized in Remote Sensing and GIS applications from the Harokopeio University of Athens. She has worked for years as a Project Manager and Earth Observation Analyst in numerous European UUnion-fundedprojects in the domains of ICT, land use/land cover mapping, natural resources, coastal monitoring, disaster management and security. Since September 2021 she has been employed in CERTH/ITI involved in various H2020 projects, focusing on the sector of smart cities, energy and space.​​​

Mrs Angeliki Veliskaki

​Angeliki Veliskaki is a Research Associate at CERTH/ITI. She received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Thessaly in November 2019. Her diploma thesis, entitled "Dynamic Stability Analysis of Power Systems and Fault Detection Using Machine Learning Algorithms", was conducted in collaboration with CERTH and the University of Thessaly.

After graduation and since July 2019, she has been employed in CERTH/ITI as a research associate involved in various H2020 projects, conducting research in the fields of efficient management and effective planning of the electricity grid, innovative energy systems integration, and building energy-efficiency and smart-readiness audits.​

Her main research interests include the stability of electric power systems, modelling and analysis of electric power systems, renewable power generation and electric mobility applications. She is also a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Mr Nikolaos Katsaros

Mr Nikolaos Katsaros is a Research Associate at CERTH/ITI. He received the diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with specialization in electrical power engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2019. His diploma thesis concerned the development of a control technique for the proper combined operation of the wind turbines in a wind farm, in order to attain an increase of the generated energy at the low wind speed region. After graduation and since June 2020, he has been employed in CERTH/ITI as a research associate involved in various H2020 projects, conducting research in the field of energy positive buildings, innovative energy systems integration and implementation of local energy communities.

His main research interests include electric mobility applications, power electronics, renewable power generation and storage systems. He is also a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.​


IsZEB - Intelligent Solutions for Zero and Positive Energy Buildings


​The IsZEB Cluster was founded in 2020 with special focus on the construction domain aiming to provide tools and guidelines for the entire lifecycle of a smart zero or positive energy building. Established in the region of Central Macedonia, it offers multiple services, covering the phases of planning, commissioning, construction, renovation, demolition and recycling of buildings and building components. IsZEB constitutes of 16 highly technological capable Founding Partners and it offers strong market ties with multiple private stakeholders. The IsZEB cluster implements a series of internal research projects in collaboration with the founding partners, with the aim of creating specialized know-how, tools and even prototype devices, which are the basis of many IsZEB services. These research projects are specially designed by industry experts, based on the market needs, with the ultimate goal their commercialization. In the context of its research activities, IsZEB also participates in national and EU research projects. The cluster also offers educational opportunities to professionals through the provision of specialized knowledge sessions such as seminars, workshops and conferences with the aim of promoting industry’s best practices, disseminating state-of-the art knowledge, both in theoretical and practical level, with real-time demonstrations and applications in specialized facilities. ​​​

Project Members

Mrs Afroditi Zamanidou

​Afroditi Zamanidou is the Project Manager of IsZEB for the EU-funded research projects. She holds a Diploma in Civil Engineering (AUTh) and a MSc in Law & Engineering for Energy (AUTh). She is also a PhD student in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of UoWM. She has been a researcher (2019-2022) in the Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute of CERTH. As part of her doctoral thesis at the University of Western Macedonia, she participates in numerus European research projects on smart energy systems during decarbonization. Her scientific interests are in the field of decarbonization of energy systems, the application of deep machine learning models and the prediction and optimal management of energy. Since 2016 she has been working as a Civil Engineer participating in several private projects.​

Mrs Christina Mykoniou

​Christina Mykoniou is a Research and Development Project Management Associate of IsZEB and a Project Management Associate of the EU-funded research projects. She holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a Master's degree in Earthquake Engineering Design. She is an Energy Performance Certificate Assessor, holds an individual study degree from the competent Ministry of Infrastructure and has more than 10 years of working experience. She has dealt with preparing (architectural, static, electromechanical) studies for public and private projects, as well as with coordinating tasks regarding the onsite operations. She has participated in several studies of energy upgrades of public building blocks and specializes in project management, consulting, development of computational tools and writing technical guidelines in the field of Smart and Energy Efficient Buildings.​


Frederick Research Center


Frederick Research Center (FRC) is a leading research non-profit organization in Cyprus. It was established in 1995 in order to create a solid foundation for the development of the scientific research activities of Cypriot and foreign scientists.

FRC's main goals are to:

  • promote scientific research, to undertake and conduct research of basic and applied nature in various domains
  • offer consulting services to individuals, businesses, organizations, and the government
  • encourage participation in research projects and development of research proposal
  • coordinate and participate in the implementation of research projects
  • establish collaborations with other national and international research Centers and universities for the execution of research work.

FRC encourages the “Bottom-up" approach for the development of ideas and therefore the projects implemented under FRC cover a broad range of research interests. Since the start of its operation, FRC has been involved in more than 100 externally funded research projects, the majority of which as a lead partner, as well as numerous smaller consulting and self-funded projects. To facilitate this, FRC has a modern contemporary lab infrastructure and a Library with access to hundreds of relevant scientific, technical, and business journals.

The Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) of FRC ( is an ISO 9001:2018 certified group, which engages with state-of-the-art research in the fields of experimental and computational building physics, sustainable energy technologies, and also offers high-quality laboratory and consulting services. The members of the SERG have a rich collection of peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and proceedings in the thematic areas of energy efficiency and energy upgrading of buildings, as well as building physics and Life Cycle Assessment of individual building elements or whole buildings. SERG has been involved in numerous relevant Horizon projects.

Project Members

Associate Professor Dr Ing Paris A. Fokaides

Paris A. Fokaides is an Associate Professor at Frederick University, Cyprus, Senior Researcher at Frederick Research Center, and Coordinator of Master’s Degree Program of Frederick University in Sustainable Energy Systems (on campus). Dr. Fokaides is actively involved in numerous research initiatives related to the decarbonization of the economy through the use of sustainable energy resources, as well as for the promotion of best practices for enhancing the sustainability of the built environment. His research focuses on the digitalization of the practices used for the energy and sustainability assessment of the built environment, both in building unitσ as well as in building complex scale. He has published numerous studies in the field of sustainable energy and sustainable built environment. He currently is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Sustainable Energy, of Taylor and Francis.

Ms Phoebe-Zoe Georgali

Ms Phoebe-Zoe Georgali is a Mechanical Engineer (BSc Mechanical Engineering) graduate from the Technological Education Institute of Chalkida, Greece, 2012, and an Energy Engineer postgraduate (MSc Sustainable Energy Systems) at Frederick Research Center, Cyprus, 2017. Since September 2020, Ms. Georgali is a PhD Candidate at Frederick Research Center as a member of the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG), where since 2019 she is working as a Research Associate, engaging with state-of-the-art research regarding sustainable and waste energy technologies, as well as Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of materials and products. She is the author or co-author in a number of publications in peer review journals, as well as books.

Mr ​Christos Kythreotis

​Christos Kythreotis is an associate researcher in the Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) at Frederick University. He earned a B.Sc. degree in Automotive Engineering from the School of Engineering at Frederick University in 2021, followed by an M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Systems from the same school in 2023. He is set to begin his Ph.D. program, which will focus on urban planning and sustainable development, areas that currently form the core of his work.​


Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations


REHVA ​is The Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning associations founded in 1963. We are an umbrella organisation that represents over 120,000 HVAC designers, building services engineers, technicians, and experts across 26 European Countries.

REHVA provides its members a strong platform for international professional networking, and knowledge exchange pursuing the vision of improving health, comfort, safety, and energy efficiency in all buildings and communities. REHVA contributes to technical and professional development, follows EU policy developments, and represents the interest of its members at EU level and globally.

In these areas, REHVA has a significant impact on national and international strategic planning and research initiatives, as well as on the associated educational and training programmes.

REHVA is committed to advancing its programs and services for young engineers, by helping them build their professional foundations. This is achieved through the exchange of technical information, practical experience, and research results by REHVA's working groups, seminars, publications and journal.

REHVA's mission is to develop and disseminate economical, energy efficient, safe and healthy technology for mechanical services of building; to serve its members and the field of building engineering (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) by facilitating knowledge exchange, supporting the development of related EU policies and their national level implementation.

Project Members

Andrei Vladimir Litiu

​Building Services Engineer (BSc & MSc) with 12 years experience in design, installation, commissioning, operation, and research of technical building systems (e.g. heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, solar shading, building automation, and controls) with a complementing political 'dimension' i.e. sound knowledge and understanding of EU's decision-making process and EU's climate and energy policy framework (specifically buildings related) acquired while working as a lobbyist for eu.bac and further developed during technical advocacy activities at REHVA. Furthermore, Andrei is experienced with EU Projects e.g. HealthVent, neZEH, Mobistyle, CEN-CE, ALDREN, U-CERT, EPC RECAST, SmartLivingEPC and EC Service Contracts e.g. EPB Center (EPB standards). Currently he is working as Building Performance Adviser at REHVA, Executive Director at EPB Center and conducting in parallel applied research on human behavior and smart buildings as an industrial PhD Candidate at KTH Royal Institute of Technology with assistant supervision from "Politecnico" University Turin and "Politehnica" University Timișoara. All this with the long-term intention of playing his role in supporting the digital transformation of the European building stock which in turn will enable and facilitate to arrive by 2050 at healthy, safe, efficient, flexible and zero-emission buildings for the people.

Sofia Bazzano

Sofia Bazzano is an EU Project Officer with 5 years of experience in managing EU projects and EU funds in different fields. At REHVA she is in charge of implementing and managing EU projects, supporting knowledge dissemination and communication to our members and stakeholder network, as well as assisting the work of the REHVA Technology and Research Committee and expert Task Forces. Sofia has a master's degree in international communication and a strong experience in communication, outreach, and dissemination projects, as well as in events, workshops organization and stakeholders' engagement. For Smart Living ECP she will oversee the Communication, Dissemination, and Exploitation Work Package (WP7).

Anita Derjanecz

​Anita Derjanecz is Managing Director of REHVA, the European Federation of HVAC Associations that represents societies of building services engineers from 26 countries. She holds an MSc in EU affairs and regional development, an MSc in cultural anthropology and an executive master's degree in international association management. Before joining REHVA, she was director of a regional innovation agency and head of its Brussels representation. She has been working with energy, research, and innovation policies for 10+ years, has experience in strategic programming, technology transfer and the management of international projects. As REHVA managing director her goals are to advocate the importance of indoor climate quality and to support transdisciplinary cooperation and knowledge exchange for high performing healthy buildings and a sustainable built environment.​


Asociatia Inginerlor de Instalatii


AIIR-FV​ – the Romanian Association of Building Services Engineers-Valahia subsidiary is a professional association representing more than 700 Romanian engineers and architects, and more than 30 Romanian SME companies. AIIR-FV, as a leading Romanian NGO in the building engineering from 2011, relies its activities on several objectives: helping the Romanian authorities to elaborate and implement the new legislation, diseminating the results of the market surveys or projects in the construction field, promoting latest technologies and knowledge exchange amongst members, organising technical and scientific conferences at national and international levels, cooperating with similar organisations inside or outside the country, delivering trainings for the continous education of engineers and architects which are certified as energy auditors, for the formation of energy auditors or nZEB designers, or for the quality certification of companies performing in the building services field etc.

AIIR is one of the members of the Romanian consortium composed by 4 universities and 2 professional associations which are in charge for the implementation of the new set of EBP standards in order to issue a revised national methodology for the calculation of the energy performance of buildings. AIIR has contributed to the ENERG+ conception, the first Romanian EPB software based on the new set of EPB standards from CEN.

In the frame of SmartLivingEPC, AIIR-FV is the leader of WP2 - SmartLivingEPC Framework Asset Methodology.

Project Members

Cătălin-Ioan Lungu

  • Dr Eng Associate professor at the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Building Services Engineering; he was invited professsor at ENSEE-Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Energie, l'Eau et l'Environment-Grenoble, France;
  • specialised in dynamic modelling of HVAC systems and buildings, NZEB & ZEB
  • REHVA president & AIIR-FV president;
  • member in 4 technical ASRO (Romanian Standardisation Agency) committees;
  • he manages the Romanian training courses for the formation of the future energy assessors & their continous education;
  • he was the chair of the organising committee of the world HVAC CLIMA 2019 congress;
  • co-author of 5 technical books and more than 30 papers.

Tiberiu Catalina

  • Dr Eng Associate professor at the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Building Services Engineering;
  • specialised in energy efficiency of buildings and indoor climate, ventilation solutions for schools, hybrid solar panels, geothermal energy storage, green roofs for cooling energy demand reductions;
  • awarded with more than 10 international prizes, including REHVA Young Scientific Award;
  • author for more than 40 scientific papers.

Adrian Păun

  • Mechanical Ms engineer, specialised in HVAC and sanitary systems but also electrical systems for buildings;
  • experience in coordinating the design activities of thermal, sanitary and electrical installations in buildings, energy efficiency projects and feasibility studies for the use of alternative systems of highly efficient installations;
  • software developer of computing applications specific to engineering and technical consulting services (main IT developer of ENERG+).

IES - Integrated Environmental Solutions Limited


Over the last 25+ years IES​ has built a solid reputation as the leading global innovator in integrated performance-based analysis for the built environment and is home to the largest building analytics team in the world. We believe that every building of every city in the world can be decarbonised. Our purpose is developing the technology to make that happen. Our ultimate aim is to create a built environment that is resource and energy efficient. Eliminating global reliance on fossil fuels and promoting comfort, health and wellbeing, and fairer access to energy for every citizen in the world. Our Digital Twin technology facilitates the creation of resource-efficient, healthy and cost-effective built-environments of any size or purpose – supporting citizens, companies, campuses, communities, cities and even countries. Simulating and analysing data to support smarter and more sustainable decision-making. Our unique software and technology, is supported by expert consultancy. And our dedicated R&D department ensures our analytical tools and industry knowledge stays pioneering and innovative

Project Members

Beatriz Fraga De Cal

PhD Industrial Engineer specialised in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of London. More than 7 years of experience in the Built Environment and low-carbon strategies. She worked at The Highland Council supporting the Scottish Government to reduce carbon emissions (shortlisted for Young Professionals Green Energy Awards in 2017). After, she moved to a European leading technological centre, Tecnalia and worked in H2020 projects related to building energy simulation and data analytics. Currently, she is Project Manager at the R&D team in IES Ltd, software and consultancy company at the forefront of Digital Twins and building decarbonisation.


DEMO Consultants BV


DEMO​ is an independent consultancy firm specialized in Real Estate Information Management and works from three business units: Consultancy, Software and Research. It was established in 1996 and is based in Delft, The Netherlands. DEMO supports its clients with real estate information management and produces innovative software products, such as the Real Estate Suite. Expert systems with user friendly apps, dashboards and other practical features. Software for the development and management of buildings and civil infrastructure. The Real Estate Suite comprises BIM, GIS, IoT, big data, VR/AR and Artificial intelligence technologies. DEMO team consists of building engineers, architects, real estate specialists, researchers and IT specialists. This expertise, extensive experience and an eye for current market developments ensures that DEMO offers its customers innovative and result-oriented solutions. DEMO helps its customers by developing and delivering services and systems that consistently answer various real estate questions from various users at the right time, in the right place, and in an understandable manner at the lowest possible cost.

Project Members

André van Delft

​André is managing director and founder of DEMO Consultants and responsible for strategy, management and business development. He is also an experienced consultant specializing in real estate information management and developer of real estate software for buildings and infrastructure. He has designed and built various software solutions for ministries, municipalities, housing corporations, asset managers and research institutions. He also has more than twenty five years of experience in various international research consortia in which DEMO has participated as a partner or coordinator and continues to participate. André combines a creative, innovative information management approach with a down-to-earth, pragmatic approach to developing and implementing the software solutions and services for DEMO's customers. André studied architecture at TU Delft with a specialization in Construction Management and Real Estate Management.

Mija Sušnik

Mija is a researcher at DEMO Consultants with a background in Civil Engineering, a Master's degree in Building Engineering from the University of Ljubljana and a Master's degree in Building Information Modelling from Politecnico di Milano. She worked as an Engineering Consultant and Building Auditor focusing on reducing energy consumption in buildings. Her responsibility was also developing the strategy for implementing BIM into the business process and preparing educational webinars on BIM. In her recent research project, she investigated the issues of interoperability between BIM and Calculation Virtual Environments for energy and acoustic analysis. Currently, she is involved in and managing EU-funded research projects focusing on energy efficiency, smart and proactive buildings, digital solutions and building capturing.​​​

Fatemeh Asgharzadeh

Fatemeh is a researcher at DEMO Consultants with a background in civil engineering and architecture. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran, and a Master's degree in Construction Management and Engineering from TU Delft in Delft, Netherlands. She has worked as an architectural designer on different buildings and building complexes in Iran. Also, she has worked as a project manager in EPCM contracts in the Netherlands. In her Master's thesis, she has worked on implementation of BIM for circular economy in the built environment. Currently at DEMO, she is  working on EU funded research projects.


R2M Energy


​R2M Energy, founded in 2018, is an ESCO company aimed at offering innovative turnkey services to support the realization of building retrofits in an NZEB perspective, the implementation of Local Energy Districts, and the management of Smart Grids in a Prosumer perspective and in a general Smart City scenario. We mainly operate in the sustainability sector where we are deeply engaged in energy, buildings, construction and the smart grids.

Project Members

Dr Sara Ruffini

Sara is SmartLivingEPC Project Manager for R2M Energy, in charge of WP1 and Task 7.5. Sara has a PhD in Engineering and Energy modeling, MS and Bachelor degree in Building Engineering at UNIVPM Italy. She has 7+ years of experience in EU project and sustainability consultancy and energy modeling, first with R2M Solution and then in R2M Energy.

Ing Raphaelle Papa

She's a Project Engineer and EU R&D Project Manager in Energy Division with a BacBachelor'sgree in Civil Engineering and  MS Degree in Building and Architectural Engineering for Energy Efficiency ​at Politecnico di Milano She joined an Exchange Research Program at Environmental Science for Buildings and Cities Ooka Lab at Tokyo University, Japan. She's 2+ years experience in EU project and sustainability consultancy with R2M Energy.


R2M Solution


​R2M Solution​ seeks to develop, accelerate and implement solutions to societal challenges.  Half of our activities are in Research and Innovation – the realization of new knowledge, products and services typically in the framework of collaborative European research. The other half of our activities focus on the commercialization, early adoption and scaling of new products and services that disrupt markets, solve problems and make our clients more competitive. We proudly work in the Green Building Council and are distributors on our territories for some of Europe's most exciting tools and technologies.​

Project Members

Eva Coscia

​Eva has been EU Research project manager since 2002, Commission consultant on eProcurement in 2007-2009 and then Director of Research and Innovation since 2014. She has an ICT background, and she is passionate about ICT technologies and their potential for innovation in many areas. She acquired expertise in ICT for Industry, Industry 4.0 and Innovation in industry thanks to the participation to several research projects, where she worked in the supervision of development activities and in the dissemination and exploitation of results. She was responsible for the whole lifecycle of reserach activities, from identification of opportunities, to delivery of results and she succesfully managed to transfer know-how and results into commercial offers. She has a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Genova. After the studies, she started working for TXT e-solutions from 2000-2014 as IT and PM for ICT projects. From 2014 to 2019 she has been Director of the Research & Innovation division of Holonix s.r.l. and she has been involved in research activities touching not only the ICT for industry domain, but also ICT for Energy Efficiency and Open innovation.​


University of Deusto


​The University of Deusto is a dynamic institution committed to the promotion of research excellence, with the internationalisation of research at the core of its strategic plan. Founded in 1886, DEUSTO is the oldest private university in Spain, a unique mix of tradition and innovation offering state of the art facilities nestled in campuses of historical and architectural interest (Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Madrid). With more than 30 years of solid internationalization and a wide consolidated network of partnerships with top international research teams, DEUSTO actively supports research and its impact on the economic, social and political development. Innovation is at the core of our research driving us to the top percentiles of international rankings as a key innovator recognised by the EU Innovation Radar.

Project Members

Aitziber Mugarra

​Professor and member of Loiola Law Clinic as Service-Learning innovative project at the Faculty of Law, part of the Institute of Cooperative Studies of the University of Deusto, and coordinator of the team Social Development, Economy, Development and Innovation for People (EDISPe) recognized by the Basque Government within the Basque University Area. Doctor in CC. Economic and Business, with a thesis on Social Balance applied to Cooperatives, applying these proposals as External Consultant for the International Cooperative Alliance ACI-Americas. Research areas currently focus on social and solidarity economy, cooperativism, values and corporate social responsibility, service learning, entrepreneurship and social innovation, on which she has written articles and presented papers at national and international scientific conferences and meetings.

Marta Enciso

​Full professor, member of the Department of Private Law of the Faculty of Law of the University of Deusto, on the Bilbao campus. She teaches about accounting in Bachelors of Law and Industrial Relations and in Master of Business Law. Graduate in Law with a Specialty in Economics (1986-1991), and PhD in Law from the University of Deusto (2001, cum laude). Researcher in areas such as Cooperativism, Social and Solidarity Economy or Social Innovation in local and international competitive projects. Member of the Institute of Cooperative Studies of the University of Deusto. Editor of various books, as well as author of book chapters and publications in scientific journals in the areas of specialization. Visiting professor at universities in Latvia, Finland, Colombia, Brazil, the Netherlands and Italy.

Aranzazu Echaniz

​Graduate in Economics and Business Sciences and Graduate Diploma in University Teaching. Doctorate in 2001 with the thesis: «The situation of women in the company. Towards female leadership. MCC case». Researcher and professor at the University of Deusto in the areas of professional ethics, communication in organizations, leadership, social economy and social responsibility. She also gives lectures and courses in the aforementioned areas. External advisor to the Ethics and Good Government Commission of the City of Bilbao.​

Laura Gómez

​She holds a Jean Monnet Chair on EU Economic and Legal Integration for People at the University of Deusto. Professor of Economics of the European Union and International Economics at the University of Deusto. Formerly, she has been Director of the UNESCO Chair for Human Resources Training in Latin America (2003-2009) and Vice-Dean of Academic Affairs of the Faculty of Law (2009-2012). She has participated in several international research projects and publications on EU economic policies and its social impact. Her most recent publications deal with the social consequences of the crisis under the new EU economic governance; particular emphasis is given to social cohesion objectives.

Oxana Soimu

​PhD in International and Intercultural Studies from Deusto University and associate researcher at Deusto University. She also holds Master's degrees in Economic Integration from Basque Country University (UPV) and in Economics from Moldova State University. Oxana has extensive experience in participating in international projects spanning North and Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. Her expertise intersected with entrepreneurial, technological, research, and policy-making domains and the work experience encompased diagnosis, evaluation, training, strategic planning, knowledge exchange, and project management. Oxana´s interests focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and research.

Cruz Borges

​PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cantabria, researcher at DeustoTech where he is developing projects related to energy efficiency, development of prediction algorithms in the energy sector and design of decision support applications in the area of urban planning. He has published more than 50 articles in relevant journals and conferences with an h-index of 16. He has participated in more than 20 projects related to the energy sector and sustainability including 5 H2020 projects including one as coordinator, 5 projects with European labels and a Life+ project. His scientific interests are focused on the development of experimental designs for the validation of energy efficiency actions and the application of artificial intelligence for the development of decision support tools.


QUE Technologies


QUE ​is an Athens-based consulting, engineering and creative product design & development firm with the mission to deliver revolutionary ambient intelligence solutions that improve our daily lives. QUE's goal is to re-invent the interaction of humans with their surroundings by integrating IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence) and distributed intelligence technologies into human-centric smart home, smart office and smart city applications. QUE hedges the risk of bringing innovation to the market by keeping stakeholders tightly integrated in the product development process from ideation to delivery. QUE offers a flexible IoT platform powered by a versatile, multi-protocol gateway and value-adding services, such as distributed intelligence and BI (Business Intelligence) analytics over a range of delivery paradigms, including consulting services, custom product design or white-label products. This diversity caters to the needs of various market segments and facilitates rapid time-to-market of modern Internet-of-Energy solutions including smart home, smart office, smart city applications with minimum production costs and short time-to-value.

Project Members

Samy Iousef

​Samy Iousef obtained his Diploma degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics of the University of Patras. His PhD research at the Department of the Built Environment of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is on the “Computational modeling of convective heat transfer at building surfaces". His main research focus lies on the building energy demand prediction by means of Building Energy Simulation and the prediction of wind flow and convective heat transfer at building surfaces by means of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). He has worked on several CFD-related industrial projects and as of July 2021, he is participating in EU-funded R&D projects related to Building Information Modelling, Digital Twins and blockchain technologies. 

Panos Andriopoulos

​Panos Andriopoulos received a B.Sc. on Electronic Computer Systems Engineering, from the Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, Greece in 2009. From 2009 to 2013 he has worked as a software engineer in IMC Technologies A.E. Greece and as a Technical & Architect Leader in Velti Mobile Marketing and Mobile Advertising, Greece on aspects related to software developing, requirement analysis & specifications, data migration strategies, overall solution and architecture design on software components for mobile solutions related to telecommunication companies. Between 2014 and 2018, he was a Senior Software Architect at Hypertech. At the end of 2018, he co-founded QUE Technologies with the aim to develop and commercialize technologies to satisfy the evolving requirements at the cross-section of the energy, IoT and blockchain sectors. Mr. Andriopoulos has significant experience acting as technical manager several EU R&D projects. From this position he coordinated a wide range of projects on software architecture design, requirements analysis & specifications, data modelling and software development coordination. From the Horizon 2020 framework indicative projects include Heat4Cool, MOEEBIUS, PLANET, UtilitEE, Nobelgrid, WiseGRID, FLEXCoop; from FP7 they include INERTIA, BESOS, OS4ES and others.




GoiE​ner​ is a renewable energy cooperative (REScoop) active in the Basque Country, with the goal of recovering energy sovereignty for citizens by participating in the liberalised parts of the energy sector, i.e. retail, generation and energy services. Key attributes of the GoiEner approach are democratic and participatory involvement, the alleviation of energy poverty and equal representation of men and women. This non-profit cooperative strengthens the local economy by providing regional employment, distributing tax payments locally, and purchasing local goods and services. GoiEner also supports the creation regionally of Renewable Energy Communities, and of new REScoops in other regions of Spain, in order to increase local, democratic and renewable energy resilience. GoiEner is actively trying to diversify its service offer to further strengthen the role of citizens in the energy system (energy communities, flexibility, aggregation, P2P, heat/cold...), energy efficiency (building renovation), distributed generation and storage, sustainable mobility… GoiEner has more than 16000 cooperative consumer-members and 60 worker-members. It is a founding member of Unión Renovables, the Spanish federation of REScoops, and member of, the European federation of 1900 European renewables cooperatives bringing together more than 1.25 million citizens involved in renewable energy, energy efficiency and responsible consumption initiatives.

Project Members

Dr Eider Iribar

​Eider Iribar is responsible for the daily execution of SmartLivingEPC project tasks and building retrofitting consultant in GoiEner. She completed PhD in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency (2021), MS Research in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Industry, Transport, Building and Urban Planning (2014), Ms in Thermal Engineering in Building Construction (2013) and Architecture Degree (2011) at the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU). She has work for 9 years in Basque Government Laboratory for Quality Control in Building/UPV-EHU as building energy performance consultant for various public and private organisations and conducting in parallel research on EPC data quality, building thermal performance characterization tests, building simulation, ventilation, thermal bridges, design and improvements in new buildings NZEB and Energy Retrofitting. 

Dr Chris Merveille

​Chris Merveille (M.Eng. from Vrije Universiteit Brussels and PhD Physics from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK) has worked as researcher and project leader at various high-tech SMEs and RTOs, in Belgium, Germany, the UK, Norway and Spain. He has over 20 years of experience participating in European research projects, evaluation committees and interest groups. He has been an active proponent, both privately and professionally, of Sustainable Development and Responsible Research and Innovation, in particular related to energy and mobility. ​After 7 years as a volunteer in GoiEner, he joined full-time in 2020 as coordinator of the R&D team.​

Mr Pablo Castells

​Pablo holds a degree in Industrial engineering. He has experience as project manager in renewable energy projects and water recovery projects in international environments for over 12 years. He also has worked in International cooperation and education in an NGO for 5 years. He started working in GoiEner in 2022, coordinating the H2020 project BeCoop  as well as supporting the Development Team in Goiener. He also supports the efforts in building energy retrofitting service at GoiEner.


Tallinn University of Technology


​TalTech Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) research group at TalTech has focused to HVAC, building physics, energy performance and flexibility, building simulation and modeling, renovation technologies, indoor air quality and thermal comfort, and has been extensively worked both on new NZEB and renovation of existing building stock. Experimental facilities cover a full scale NZEB technological test facility, climate chambers, and ventilation air distribution laboratory. The group has been internationally active in the European ventilation guidance preparation for an epidemic situation. This work has been conducted through REHVA Technology and Research Committee, COVID-19 Task Force, that has resulted in extensive European HVAC and ventilation guidance for an epidemic situation including REHVA COVID-19 ventilation calculator. Prof. Kurnitski is also a member of the WHO Environment and Engineering Control Expert Advisory Panel (ECAP) for COVID-19 and contributed to the development of WHO Ventilation Roadmap. In the Smart Living EPC project, TalTech is responsible for COVID-19 risk assessment methodology, intended to be a part of IEQ evaluation in future EPC-s. The project will develop methodology for the assessment of COVID-19 infection probability based on the data collected in IEQ monitoring. TalTech will conduct one case study of the project in Estonia.

Project Members

Jarek Kurnitski

​Jarek Kurnitski is a Professor at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia, and at Aalto University, Finland. He is internationally known for the preparation of technical definitions for nearly zero energy buildings through many activities in REHVA Technology and Research Committee and contributions to European standards. He has been deeply involved in the work to improve the energy efficiency of the built environment in Estonia and Finland with major contribution in the development of dynamic simulation based energy calculation frames for present energy performance regulations. He is the Chair of REHVA Technology and Research Committee and is currently leading REHVA COVID-19 Task Force preparing European HVAC and ventilation guidance for an epidemic situation.

Andrea Ferrantelli

​Andrea Ferrantelli is PostDoc Senior Researcher at TalTech being extensively working with data analysis and statistcs for energy efficient buildings, HVAC and optimisation of heating systems. He has contributed to U-CERT H2020 project and has conducted Estonian EPC analyses according to the new scale proposed in EPBD revision.

Karl-Villem Võsa

​Karl-Villem Võsa is first stage researcher with expertise in dynamic energy simulations and modelling of complicated building technical systems and controls including heat pumps simulation in a whole building model. He has worked with EPC developmet in U-CERT H2020 project.

Helena Kuivjõgi

​Helena Kuivjõgi is first stage researcher with expertise in data driven energy and indoor climate data analyses. He has been developing an IoT platform in TalTech DigiAudit project enabling an automated EPC generation including outdoor climate normalisation and indoor climate quality assessment.

Tuule Mall Parts

​Tuule Mall Parts is first stage researcher with expertise in building automation and control systems. He has contributed to TalTech DigiAudit project by developing  use cases and algorithms for data driven energy and indoor climate analytics.


​Austrian Standards International


​Austrian Standards International​ is the recognized standardization body in Austria, a non-profit service organization founded in 1920. It is part of a national, European and international standardization network: the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). A.S.I. cooperates with other Standards Developing Organisations like IEEE and the Austrian Electrotechnical Association (OVE), member of CENELEC and IEC. Building on its recognised expertise, A.S.I. is involved in standardization-related research projects, bringing together stakeholders from industry, research and innovation, public authorities and policy makers, producers, consumers and NGOs. A.S.I bridges the gap between research, innovation and global market and enhances the economic value and impact of research and innovation projects. It serves as a channel for disseminating the knowledge and innovation that originates in research projects.

Project Members

Lisa Filzmaier

​Lisa Filzmaier has been working for Austrian Standards International since February 2020. As former committee manager, she is experienced in coordinating national and international standardization commitees and standardization projects. In her current role as Innovation Specialist, she is responsible for the coordination of EU-funded R&I projects, as well as for building awareness for innovative products and services in the Austrian network of Start-Ups, R&D and R&I organizations. She holds a degree in Environmental and Bioresource Management from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. ​

Karl Grün

​Karl Grün is working for Austrian Standards International since 1994 and is Director of the Department Standards Development. He made his PhD in Physics at the Technical University of Vienna. He is the Austrian representative in the Technical Board of the European Committee for Standardization CEN and the National Contact of Austrian Standards International for research and innovation projects. He was the Technical Lead in the CEN-CENELEC Innovation Plan Steering Committee. He is lecturer at several Universities in Austria about standardization. He is member in the Working Group on Standards of the Association Industry 4.0 Austria and in advisory boards of different organisations.




ANEC ​is the European consumer voice in standardisation. We represent the European consumer interest in the creation of technical standards, especially those developed to support the implementation of European laws and public policies. ANEC also has an interest in the application of standards, including market surveillance and enforcement, accreditation and conformity assessment schemes. We also seek to influence the development or revision of European legislation related to products and services that is likely to affect the consumer, especially where reference is made to standards. The representation of consumers in European standardisation is a public interest activity. ANEC is a not-for-profit organization whose activity is financed by the European Union (95%) and EFTA (5%) as an “Annex III Organisation" under Regulation (EU) 1025/2012.

Project Members

Clara Ouvrier

​Clara Ouvrier has joined ANEC as Junior Programme Manager for Mobility and Resource Efficiency in 2022. She holds a master's degree in urban studies, specializing in the governance of the ecological transition in European cities, and has experience in the management and coordination of academic projects. Clara Ouvrier is responsible for the management ANEC's day-to-day activities within the SmartLiving EPC and the coordination with the consortium.​

Michela Vuerich

​Michela Vuerich is the Programme Manager for ANEC Sustainability, Services, Chemicals and Ecodesign related groups. She holds a master's degree in international communication and  a Certificate in Environmental Management and Assessment. She has over 15 years' experience in working on consumer protection and standardisation -including in the field of sustainable construction and energy labelling-, and on European project management. Michela Vuerich will supervise the implementation of ANEC's activities and ensure their coherence with the work of the ANEC Sustainability and Services working groups.

Stephen Russell

​Stephen Russell has been Secretary-General of ANEC since 2007 and became Director General as of June 2022. Stephen Russell has a thirty years' experience in the field of standardization, both strategic and operational. He has participated in numerous fora, leading or chairing many, and was appointed to several High-Level Roundtables of the European Commission. Stephen Russell will assist the Programme Managers to ensure the quality of ANEC's input. ​

Nathalie Jooris

​Nathalie Jooris is ANEC's Finance Senior Manager. She has years of experience in accountancy for European projects. As ANEC Financial Manager, Nathalie Jooris ensures the sound financial and contractual monitoring of ANEC activities. ​

Timothy Findlay

​Timothy Findlay is ANEC's Fundraising Manager. He is responsible for the organisation's fundraising efforts to secure funds which enable consumer representatives to participate in additional working groups and conduct studies that support the consumer perspective at the European standards bodies, CEN-CENELEC and ETSI. He has experience in international non-profit business development, funding strategy development and implementation, grant and bid writing, project management, prospect research, and consumer affairs.


Eunice Energy Group


Eunice Energy Group​, in which Eunice Energy Technologies belongs to, is a Greek independent and 100% renewable energy sources electricity producer. The group was founded in 2001 and is one of the pioneers in the field of renewable energy sources in Greece. The activities of Eunice Energy Group cover the whole spectrum of the energy sector, including research and development, investment, construction and operation of RES projects and power plants, as well as supporting energy communities. Eunice, currently owns and operates two wind farms with a total installed capacity of 80MW, being the 3rd largest producer of wind energy in Greece and four solar parks with a total installed capacity 12.5MW. In addition, Eunice has a strong pipeline of wind energy, solar energy and energy storage projects under development, including two onshore and nearshore utility scale projects, 200MW and 580 MW accordingly in Greece, and two storage utility scale projects of 500MW in the post-lignite regions of Greece, thus all accounting to an approximate total power of 1300 MW entirely from renewable energy sources. Eunice gives also particular emphasis on R&D practices for the enhancement of energy efficiency in the residential and district sector by participating as a partner in relative EU Horizon 2020 funded projects: SmartSPIN (No 101033744), DATACELLAR (No. 101069694).

Project Members

Mr Stergios Kokorotsikos

​Mr Stergios Kokorotsikos holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Karlsruhe (KIT), Germany. His specialization there in Production Management was followed by the distinction for his thesis on “Investigation of Cause and Effects of Selective Laser Melting Process" for 3D printing of metallic and composite materials, while he completed his internships in a leading European Downstream Aluminum Products Company.  His position as a Business Analyst Associate (2016-2017) in a Top Southeast Innovation & Management Consulting Company was followed by that of a Project Engineer in a Top 20 Research Institute in Horizon 2020.  As of late 2019, he is the Project Manager for R&D in Eunice Energy Technologies, an EEG subsidiary. Mr Kokorotsikos has more than 3 years of experience in EU Funding Programs during his involvement in his previous job positions both as a Project Engineer in the aforementioned Research Institute and as a Business Analyst.  Through his extensive engagement on Business Plan and Technical deliverables for two European Smart Cities Projects and the preparation of sectoral SME reports respectively he is now assisting Eunice Energy Group on the management of the group's future Research and Development Projects. 

Mr Nikos Skordoulias

​Mr Nikos Skordoulias holds a Chemical Engineering (integrated M.Sc) Diploma from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a Master Diploma in Energy Production and Management from school of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens. His specialization in Process Engineering and Optimization as well as Renewable Energy Scources was followed by the distinction for both his thesis on  “Study of restricted catalysts in precious metals for the treatment of car exhaust gas" and “Analysis and simulation of systems for storage and utilization of curtailed RES electricity through green hydrogen production and gas turbine coupling" on undergraduate and postgraduate level respectively. Since 2021 he works as a Research Engineer in EUNICE, being a member of the EU and National R&D Projects team. His research interests lie in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy production, hydrogen and renewable fuels technologies, sector coupling and energy storage. He supports the research, assessment and development of the technical expertise that underpins new opportunities within EUNICE's activities in the emerging hydrogen sector. His latest research article in the field of renewable hydrogen production and utilization published in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy with title “ Techno-economic evaluation of medium scale power to hydrogen to combined heat and power generation systems" is available in open access form.


Waide Strategic Efficiency Europe


​Waide Strategic Efficiency Europe Limited is an Irish based sustainable energy consultancy founded in August 2018. It has two directors with extensive international experience in the sustainable energy field: Caiomhe Giblin with 20 years' experience in developing and directing sustainable energy projects across Europe and Paul Waide with 30 years of in depth- experience in energy efficiency policy, technology and best practice around the world. Since December 2018 WSEE has been working to support the European Commission in the development of the Smart Readiness Indicator, the study on Technical assistance for ensuring optimal performance of technical building systems under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the Promotion of e-mobility through buildings policy all in support of the EPBD.​

Project Members

Paul Waide

​Paul has been working at the heart of European and international developments in energy efficiency since 1990. In that time he has helped over 80 countries to develop and implement energy efficiency policies and programmes including: EU policy on buildings, equipment, the EED & labelling; China to develop and adopt equipment energy efficiency regulations; leading the global drive to phase out incandescent lighting and testifying to the US Senate. Recently he has helped the EU to develop and implement the SRI, led work on article 8, 14/15 requirements under the EPBD and Ecodesign work on BACS. ​