The MaTrID project

Market Transformation Towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Through Widespread Use of Integrated Energy Design

Project duration: June 19, 2012 – December 18, 2014

                                          

MaTrID in a brief

MaTrID aims to support the implementation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings by 2020. In this context the building design phase is of particular importance. Integrated Energy Design (IED) is a valuable approach to reduce the complexity of the design process and facilitate the interactions between the members of the design team. IED allows them to provide the best solution for the whole building.

Objectives

  • Establishing the general understanding on the advantages and requirements of IED at the side of real estate developers and building owners
  • Improving the know-how basis on IED
  • Testing the practical implementation of IED on a large scale thus setting best practice examples which can be easily copied and multiplied
  • Development of a common tool-kit for the integrated energy design of NZEB
    • Clients brief for NZEB
    • IED-related model contracts
    • IED-friendly remunerations models
    • User-friendly IED guideline
  • Adaptation of the common tool-kit to national requirements
  • Implementing EU-wide promotion and dissemination activities
  • Drawing conclusions for a further market adoption of IED in the years after the end of the project

Focus area

The construction, architects and engineering market is very much focused on regional and local level. Additionally, the state of the art for IED in the participating countries is very different. For this reason, the emphasis of the project is on widespread market adoption on national level. National activities are country specific and reflect the respective demand. Please have a look to nationally adapted tool-kits and pilot projects.

Benefits

The greatest benefits are provided only if applied in the earliest stages of the project, when changes to the design are still easy to implement. The benefit of EU collaboration is to cross-pollinate good practices among leading European countries (including clients, private industry, public sector, etc.). Knowledge transfer among Europe and various actors is the main benefit of MaTrID.

Results

  • A general understanding on the advantages and requirements of IED on the part of real estate developers and building owners as well as on the designers’ side.
  • Practical tools – such as specific text modules for client briefs as well as for IED related contracts and remuneration models – which can be directly applied in daily practice.
  • Successfully tested pilot projects with practical implementation of IED on a large scale. Examples can be easily copied and multiplied.
  • General acknowledgement of IED beyond the limits of the participating countries.
  • Conclusions for a further market adoption of IED in the years after the end of the project including also practical recommendations on possible policy instruments that may support the widespread use of IED on daily design practice.