The iBRoad Concept in practice

Report on suggested elements, content and layout of the iBRoad tools.

The Report “The iBRoad Concept in practice” aims to elaborate on the concept and benefits of the Individual Building Renovation Roadmap, giving an overview of the potential services to be provided by the relevant software itself, as well as of the potential links with other tools or services available on the market, and present the ones that are to be actually implemented and tested under the iBRoad project.

In this context, Chapter I of the report includes objectives and describes the iBRoad concept. Chapter II presents the methodology followed to identify potential services, translated into IT functionalities, and relevant links. Since these functionalities are related to the logbook data structure and the user’s needs, Chapter II also presents a summary of these to guide the reader. Chapter III is the core of this report, exploring the possible iBRoad functionalities, while Chapter IV dives deeper into the functionalities to be implemented during the iBRoad project. Chapter V exemplifies the graphical guidelines for the visual layout of the two software tools. Finally, Chapter VI presents the final considerations on this topic, highlighting some recommendations and future work.

To achieve the European climate goals, it is necessary to move the existing building stock to higher energy performance standards and tap into the full potential of energy savings through renovation. The challenges towards this goal are significant, the main ones being the lack of finance and awareness at the building owner level on how to handle this renovation process.

It is therefore necessary to establish policy pathways that prioritise the building stock’s deep renovation, to create awareness and the conditions for undertaking renovation works in the existing building stock, but also to guarantee the energy performance improvement whenever a renovation activity takes place. Further to improving the environment, this energy efficiency improvement will be a good investment for building owners as it not only improves their housing conditions and comfort levels but also reduces their energy bills and increases their property value.

The iBRoad project has the goal to guide the building owner through their building renovation process by providing a customised step-by-step renovation plan. The concept envisaged includes two main tools, to be implemented as discrete software programmes: the building logbook (iBRoad-Log), which is a repository for all building related information, and the individual building renovation roadmap (iBRoad-Plan), providing a customised long term horizon renovation plan for the specific building and use.

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