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Call for Energy-efficient Buildings

H2020-EeB-2014Sub call of: H2020-EeB-2014-2015
Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 20-03-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €49,500,000
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Industrial Leadership
OJ reference OJ C 361 of 11 December 2013

Topic: Development of new self-inspection techniques and quality check methodologies for efficient construction processes EeB-03-2014

Specific challenge: Today's availability of better energy-efficient building components (envelopes, windows, equipment, etc…) demands calls for ensuring that these benefits will not be lost through lack of knowledge or bad implementation during the construction processes which may affect the final performance of the building. Critical components to energy efficiency have indeed proven to have significant impact for buildings. With today's high energy prices, a proper understanding of critical components to energy efficiency is crucial in terms of savings and comfort. In addition, the construction sector is characterised by a segmented approach involving a variety of skills and expertise with different role and responsibility. During construction, each actor of the construction value chain must ensure that its contribution fits into a quality framework defined collectively at the design level. Self-inspection and quality checks are implemented to guarantee the final thermal, acoustic and energy performance of the building which will be quantified during commissioning. This means that quality control is of utmost importance to guarantee that the energy performance at commissioning stage will meet the one expected at design stage.

Scope: The research focus is on new self-inspection techniques and quality check measures for efficient construction processes enabled by portable and robust systems that can be easily handled in the construction site. In particular methods for energy related self-inspection, for example to avoid the presence of thermal bridges or to ensure and control good air-tightness in low energy or passive buildings should be considered. The possibility to measure U values over large areas with non-contact solutions would allow  assessing the conformity to design during refurbishment. The techniques to be developed should also be able to avoid or reduce economic and time deviations of the construction processes.

The solutions proposed should preferably be cost-effective and easy to use, considering that they will be implemented on-site by workers which are not necessarily highly skilled. The solutions should be validated in a relevant construction environment.

Execution details brought to the construction site are of paramount importance to improve the overall quality. These execution details need to take into account the specificities of the building project but also the installation rules defined by building component manufacturers in order to avoid any misinterpretation on the construction site and therefore to contribute to bridging the gap between design and construction. The research should consider some peculiarities of working environments in the construction sector, such as geographical dispersion and heterogeneity of subcontractors.

For this topic, proposals should include an outline of the initial exploitation and business plans, which will be developed further in the proposal project.

Activities expected to focus on Technology Readiness Levels 4-6. A significant participation of SMEs with R&D capacities is encouraged.

The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU between EUR 3 and 6 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.

Expected impact:

·                To guarantee the final thermal, acoustic and energy performance of the building while increasing the efficiency, reliability and productivity of the construction processes.

·                To provide innovative techniques to measure the contribution of each critical component to thermal insulation, air-tightness and building services equipment in energy efficient construction.

·                To provide guidelines, methodologies for workers and contribute to standardisation activities.

·                Reduction by at least 50% of the mismatch of energy performance between design stage and commissioning stage due to construction processes.

Type of action: Research & Innovation Actions

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: described in part A of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme.

2. Eligibility and admissibility conditions: described in part B and C of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme. 



3.1 Evaluation criteria and procedure, scoring and threshold: described in part H of the General Annexes of the General Work Programme, with the following exceptions:

The threshold for the criteria Excellence and Impact will be 4. The overall threshold, applying to the sum of the three individual scores, will be 12.
In case of equal overall scores in the ranked list, the priority order of proposals will be established in accordance with part H of the General Annexes, except that proposals will be ranked on the basis of individual scores for the Impact criterion before the Excellence criterion.

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process


4. Proposal page limits and layout: Please refer to Part B of the standard proposal template.


5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement:
Information on the outcome of one-stage evaluation: maximum 5 months from the final date for submission.
Signature of grant agreements: maximum 3 months from the date of informing successful applicants.


6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the type(s) of action(s) under this topic:

Research and Innovation Action:

Specific provisions and funding rates
Standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
Standard evaluation form
Annotated Model Grant Agreement


7. Additional provisions:
Horizon 2020 budget flexibility
Classified information
Technology readiness levels (TRL) – where a topic description refers to TRL, these definitions apply.
Financial support to Third Parties – where a topic description foresees financial support to Third Parties, these provisions apply.


8. Open access must be granted to all scientific publications resulting from Horizon 2020 actions, and proposals must refer to measures envisaged. Where relevant, proposals should also provide information on how the participants will manage the research data generated and/or collected during the project, such as details on what types of data the project will generate, whether and how this data will be exploited or made accessible for verification and re-use, and how it will be curated and preserved.


Additional documents

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  • Call Fash Info en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 1. Introduction en
  • WP H2020 - 5. Introduction to Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEITs) en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • WP H2020 - 5ii. Nanotechnologies, advanced materials, advanced manufacturing and processing, biotechnology en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • WP H2020 - 19. General Annexes en
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