Construction

Buildings as energy consumers and producers

ENERGY: CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY ON THE FRONT LINES

Buildings have long been seen as energy consumers. However, they are now also potential energy producers. And producing energy closer to where it is used is the first step towards more efficient use of renewable energy. Effective building management systems will also be crucial to better integrating buildings into energy grids and transforming buildings into full-fledged energy-services platforms. Whether energy systems are being addressed at the block, neighborhood, or city scale, buildings remain the fundamental component of these systems.

BUILDINGS: THE LOCUS OF STRATEGIC ENERGY CHALLENGES

Versatility is a desirable characteristic in a building, and it must be considered from the early design stages. Likewise, a building’s capacity to effectively deliver energy services over time must be investigated early on and the building’s environment must be taken into consideration. And, above all, building energy services must be safe, modular, expandable, interoperable, and resilient.

To effectively respond to these demands requires looking at how services can be shared by several housing units or buildings. Shared energy services—at the scale of buildings and their surrounding environments—must also be financially feasible and be able to deliver the level of comfort occupants and other users expect.

TENERRDIS: A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO BUILDINGS

Tenerrdis has certified and supported a large number of collaborative R&D projects over the years, building up a solid understanding of the know-how accumulated by the project participants. The cluster is well-positioned to demonstrate the relevance of the solutions developed to stakeholders further down the building energy systems value chain, whether they are prime contractors with new construction or rehabilitation projects, public housing owners’ federations, or property developers. Tenerrdis’ actions targeting the building and construction industries are closely related to the cluster’s innovative local energy solutions and smart cities initiatives.

 

Many of the advances achieved through Tenerrdis-certified projects have applications in the building and construction industries.