RES4BUILD have joined forces with eight other H2020 projects working in the field of renewable energy technologies in buildings and have formed a cluster called “Building Energy Horizons” to all benefit from collaborative activities at technical and dissemination levels. In addition to the RES4BUILD project, the following projects are part of BE Horizons:

TRI-HP Development and demonstration of  TRI-generation systems based on electrically driven natural refrigerant Heat Pumps coupled with photovoltaics, using cold (ice slurry), heat and electricity storages to provide heating, cooling and electricity to multi-family residential buildings with an on-site renewable share of 80% reducing the installation cost by 10-15%.

Hybrid BioVGE Designing and demonstrating a highly integrated solar/biomass hybrid air conditioning system for space cooling and heating of residential and commercial buildings with improved efficiency and strong market potential.

IDEAS Novel building Integration Designs for increased Efficiencies in Advanced climatically tunable renewable energy Systems. IDEAS will create an innovative building-integrated renewable energy system using state-of-the-art demand-side management software combining the power of solar technology, phase change materials and heat pump configurations for a zero carbon footprint.

MAKING CITY A lighthouse project where innovative solutions of RES production, energy storage or smart control implemented on high performance buildings, are implemented at real scale to demonstrate that the Positive Energy District (PED) concept is a real solutions for transforming our cities into more sustainable places. The PED, as a district that produces more energy than consumes, generating a surplus that could be shared with other parts of the cities. Other aspects as energy flexibility and new business models for enhancing the energy sharing between different stakeholders are key aspects to optimize the PED and maximize the surplus produced.

SWSHeating Development and Validation of an Innovative Solar Compact Selective-Water-Sorbent-Based Heating System. The SWS-HEATING project concept is to develop an innovative Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage (STES) unit with a novel sorbent storage material embedded in a compact multimodular sorption STES unit.

SolBioRev Solar-Biomass Reversible energy system for covering a large share of energy needs in building. The core objective of the SolBio-Rev project is to combine promising renewable energy technologies based on solar, ambient and bioenergy, having at the core an innovative heat pump-based configuration and to allow the efficient application of this solution, without any geographical restriction at least in the EU.

GEO4CIVHIC project is aimed to develop and demonstrate easier to install and more efficient Ground Source Heat Exchangers, using innovative compact drilling machines tailored for the built environment and developing or adapting Heat Pumps and other hybrid solutions in combination with Renewable Energy Sources for retrofits through a holistic engineering and controls approach improving the return of investments. GEO4CIVHIC target is to accelerate the deployment of shallow geothermal systems for heating and cooling in retrofitting existing and historical buildings. 

RE-COGNITION Combined applications of different Renewable Energy Technologies resulting in carbon-neutral buildings. The RE-COGNITION solution stands as an ICT integration framework, on-top of established and newly developed innovative Renewable Energy-based technologies, representing a highly inter-disciplinary concept for empowering the transition towards a renewable building landscape. This goes even a step further by setting the ambition towards zero-energy or even energy positive buildings, with emphasis on the small and medium-sized building stock in Europe.