The research has received funding from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [314363].

Holistic Design Kit for nZEB Renovation

The aim of design kit is a starting point for upcoming nZEB renovation projects towards including non-technical drivers in nZEB renovation as part of the decision making process. The results will be merged into a “Guidelines” report together with other ZenN project results in Task 5.4. Non-technical drivers are hard to quantify as they consist of both qualitative and quantitative components. Different stakeholders have different perspectives on what constitutes a good building. The ultimate objective is to ensure energy efficiency targets set in the design phase are realized in operation.

The design kit is directed at municipalities or building owners of upcoming nZEB renovation projects. It incorporates lessons learnt and indicator questions based on ZenN demonstrations. The design kit contains three main elements:

  1. Indicators have been developed from the lessons learnt in each demonstration project – Økern, Lindängen, Arlequin and Mogel. The indicators are based on the four non-technical drivers considered in the ZenN project:
    • Architectural values and cultural heritage
    • Stakeholder awareness and behavior
    • Economic and ownership structures
    • Legislation, governance and policy

  2. Associated indicator questions have been developed in order to guide new nZEB renovations in their performance assessment of non-technical drivers. The associated indicator questions are generic, and need to be further refined to the local context of an nZEB renovation.

  3. Workshop/meeting to discuss responses to indicator questions advised to allow project stakeholders to agree on which indicators to prioritise at which stage of the project in order to optimize the decision-making processes.

The design kit is aimed at building owners/municipalities, but all stakeholders (project managers, architects, engineers, facilities managers and residents) are recommended to respond to indicator questions once they have been established by a project. This is because the work of ZenN has highlighted the need for collaboration and input from a broad range of participants in order to ensure building designs meet usability needs. The design kit should provide scope to mitigate against repeated mistakes associated with nZEB Renovation and be pro-active by incorporating non-technical drivers into the project process. The inclusive process promoted in the design kit should therefore help in closing the performance gap between design and operation.

The Design Kit for nZEB Renovation will be part of the ZenN Guideline Report - available for downloading on the ZenN website in October 2017.

Fore information about the Design Kit contact ZenN partner Carmel Margaret Lindkvist, NTNUexternal link.


Updated: 2017-05-24


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