Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.4.2 | Award Amount: 12.53M | Year: 2010
iTEC is a large-scale pilot involving up to 1,000 classrooms focused on Learning in the 21st Century and the design of the future classroom. Partners include 15 Ministries of Education, leading ICT vendors, innovative SMEs, TEL researchers, teacher educators and experts in school validations and pedagogical evaluation. The key aim is to develop engaging scenarios for learning in the future classroom that can be validated in large-scale pilots and subsequently taken to scale.\n\niTEC produces meaningful pedagogical scenarios (assisted by semantic web technology) for the future classroom and, from these, derives learning activities and new approaches to assessment that engage teachers, learners and stakeholders outside the school. These are then tested and evaluated in the largest pan-European validation with schools yet undertaken.\n\nThe iTEC technology approach will make the technical components, (people, tools, services and content) required by the scenarios, interoperable and discoverable, so that teachers can more easily select and combine relevant components tailored to the future classroom scenario of their choice. This is in line with current trends in which teachers can choose from a wide variety of loosely coupled tools and where interactive whiteboards and other interactive, multi-touch technologies may be acting as a gateway for teachers to start exploring the further use of digital technologies in their classrooms.\n\nCombined with this, iTEC will research the skills and competences needed by teachers in the future classroom and equip teachers, both within and beyond the project, with the pedagogical knowledge and skills needed to implement project scenarios.\n\nHaving identified scenarios with the maximum potential to have a transformative effect on the design of the future classroom, the project will implement a mainstreaming strategy designed to ensure that work carried out in the large-scale pilots contribute to the educational reform process.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: EeB.NMP.2013-3 | Award Amount: 10.43M | Year: 2013
Buildings consume about 40% of total final energy in Europe, and those built before 1980 represent 95% of this energy consumption. The low renovation rate of building stock (1% per year) means that boosting energy efficient buildings retrofitting is the only way to reach EUs 20-20-20 targets. The higher impact will be achieved through interventions in non-residential buildings, as their energy consumption is 40% higher than in residential buildings, being the public buildings more than 30% of the non-residential buildings in EU. A2PBEER will develop a systemic energy efficient buildings retrofitting methodology for Public buildings and will take advantage of synergies derived from interventions at district level. A2PBEER methodology will include already available building solutions and more innovative ones developed by the project: a high performance envelope retrofitting, based on an external and internal super-insulated (VIPVacuum Insulated Panels) faade retrofit and smart windows, smart lighting systems combining LED and natural light, and the Smart Dual Thermal Substation, a new approach to district heating based in smart grid functionality and integrating heating and cooling. A kit-concept will be applied in the development of new solutions in order to deploy adaptable and affordable solutions. The methodology and developed kits will be demonstrated and validated through three real retrofitting deployments, covering main climatic areas in Europe (continental, oceanic and Mediterranean), different types of Public districts and main Public end-uses. Moreover, the replicability of A2PBEER results will be further validated through three complementary virtual projects covering additional climatic areas and end-uses. A comprehensive Train the Trainer and an innovative market approach will allow results be transferred to all key players of the value chain, with special focus on SMEs, and the transferability to social housing will be also addressed.
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: EeB-02-2014 | Award Amount: 5.85M | Year: 2015
The overall objective of BRESAER project is to design, develop and demonstrate an innovative, cost-effective, adaptable and industrialized envelope system for buildings refurbishment including combined active and passive pre-fabricated solutions integrated in a versatile lightweight structural mesh: Dynamic window with automatic and controlled air-tightness and insulated solar blinds complementing energy saving and visual comfort strategies, such as light redirection and response to solar radiation Multifunctional and multilayer insulation panels made of Ultra High Performance Fibre Reinforced Concrete to be used as rigid shells integrating an insulation material Combined solar thermal air and PV envelope component for indoor space heating and ventilation, thermal insulation and electricity generation Multifunctional lightweight ventilated faade module BIPV and Combined thermo-reflexive (improving fire resistance) and self-cleaning coating (through photo-catalytic nanoparticles) The building will be governed by an innovative BEMS covering a specific control system for governing the envelope, the energy use of the building and the strategies for the electrical energy storage. A real demonstration will be performed in an education building in Turkey. Four additional virtual demonstrations will be done in using real building in other European countries covering complementary climatic zones, constructed before the EPBD requirements were enacted. Expected impact: Energy demand reduction for space heating and cooling 30,7% due to envelope refurbishment Contribution solar thermal for space conditioning of 37,3% Contribution of RES for electricity of 12,8% The combination gives a total primary energy consumption reduction of 76,4% Improved indoor environment quality by improving thermal, acoustics, illumination comfort and IAQ by reducing VOCs Provide solutions with a pay-back time below 7 years Validation and market uptake of active building elemen