Favorite SYMPOSIUM: “The Building as the Cornerstone of our Future Energy Infrastructure – The importance of dynamic and real data for reliable assessment”, 10-11 April 2019, Bilbao, Spain

In the transition towards a new energy system, based on minimal carbon use and circular economy principles, the building is the cornerstone of the future energy infrastructure. Energy use in  European buildings is still around 40 % of the total final energy use. Decarbonisation of power and heat are high on the agenda of EU Member States. Present initiatives by governments for a proper energy transition …. read further.

Detailed agenda:

Wednesday 10 April 2019

13:00 Welcome and introduction; Aitor Erkoreka – UPV/EHU, ES

13:15 Introduction to IEA-EBC Annex 71; Staf Roels – KU Leuven, BE

13:30 Measurement for validation (in-situ and real data); Richard Fitton Salford University, UK

14:20 Renovation projects for buildings and cities (EPBD, EED); César Valmaseda – CARTIF, ES

15:10 Coffee break

15:40 The urban dimension (from building to city modelling; CityGML); Volker Coors, University of Stuttgart, DE

16:30 The EPBD and energy related standards – CEN/ISO; Jaap Hogeling – EPB Centre, NL

17:20 Summary of day 1

17:30 End of day 1

Thursday 11 April

09:00 Documentation of performance gaps and energy flexible buildings (Annex 67); Søren Østergaard Jensen – DTI, DK

09:50 Renewable energy integration (Danish CITIES project); Henrik Madsen – DTU, DK

10:40 Coffee break

11:10 Electric vehicles integration  (electrical storage); Pete Beckman – Argonne National Laboratory, USA

12:00 Panel discussion – IEA-EBC Annex 71 Task-leaders with invited experts

12:50 Conclusion

13:00 End of the Symposium.

During a final panel discussion, these topics will be discussed with IEA – EBC Annex 71.

The Symposium is organized around seven topics introduced in a separate article available here.

The symposium runs from Wednesday noon till Thursday noon. It is organised in the frame of the IEA-EBC Annex 71 6th Expert meeting, 8-11 April 2019 in Bilbao.

To register online please click here. For further information download the symposium registration form and information brochure or contact  www.dynastee.info


Favorite 16 November, 2018 | IEA EBC Annex 74 Workshop: “Solar Decathlon Building Simulation and Monitoring – Status and Perspectives”

IEA EBC Annex 74 “Competition & Living Lab Platform” is organizing its 1st Open Thematic Workshop: “Solar Decathlon Building Simulation and Monitoring – Status and Perspectives”. It will be held on Friday November 16th 2018 in the Conference Tent of the SDME Solar Haii, Dubai.

The workshop will start with a reflection on methods applied for building simulation and monitoring in the past and current Solar Decathlons. The lectures and discussions aim to identify evolutions for future editions.

Registration is free and open until November 10th, 2018.

Further information (agenda, registration, etc.) is available here.

Favorite DYNASTEE newsletter issue 2018/11 now available

The eleventh issue of the DYNASTEE newsletter is now available for download.

Contents include:

  • Foreword
  • Outcome of the Summer School 2018
  • Announcement of a whole model empirical validation dataset on a full-scale building including building service equipment and synthetic users
  • A matched pair of test houses with synthetic occupants to investigate summertime overheating in dwellings
  • Smart Meter Laboratory in Joule House

Favorite Outcome of the Summer School 2018

Outcome of the 7th Summer School on “Dynamic methods for whole building energy assessment” organised by the INIVE-DYNASTEE and PSA-CIEMAT in collaboration with CIESOL (Joint Centre University of Almeria-CIEMAT dedicated to research in Solar Energy and its applications), in Almería, Spain. The focus has been more on pragmatic application of developed dynamic calculation techniques to support the analysis of building energy data that is of high importance and can give potentially high value information to utilities and end-users. The focus this time has been on increased complexity and variability, and several approaches have been applied to benchmark data.

A follow-up Summer School has been discussed which may take place in Summer 2019 again in Spain. Follow our organisational progress at the DYNASTEE web-site

Further reading…


Favorite Outcome of the Dynastee Workshop of 11 April 2018.

With over 80 participants, the workshop on Building energy performance assessment and quality assurance based on in-situ measurements that took place on Wednesday 11 April 2018 has become a great success. The aim of the workshop was to bring closer together on this topic, research from IEA-EBC Annex 71 and standard writers from CEN TC89-WG13. People from industry, research and academic participated to lively discussions during both sessions on the topic of in-situ measurements and assurance of quality. All six presentations can be downloaded from the agenda below.

Welcome to the workshop – Luk Vandaele (DYNASTEE)

Annex 71: Status of the project IEA project Annex 71 after the expert meeting – Staf Roels (KULeuven, Operating Agent Annex 71)

Session 1 – Assessment and assurance of energy consumption in the building sector

  • Standards dealing with quality aspects for in-situ measurement of the energy performance – Richard Fitton (Salford University and CEN TC 89 WG 13)
  • Panel discussion with Ross Holleron (Knauf Insulation) and Guillaume Pandraud (Isover Saint-Gobain) moderated by Hans Bloem (DYNASTEE, JRC)
  • Questions and views from the audience

Session 2 – On site measurements in the context of the regulatory assessment of the energy performance of new buildings

  • What are challenges and opportunities when using measured consumption (and indoor climate data) for compliance checks in EPBD context? – Peter Wouters (BBRI, INIVE)
  • Energy performance assessment of buildings using measurements: experience from smart meter data analysis – Eline Himpe (Ghent University)
  • Role play on enforcement aspects in case of non-compliance – Peter Wouters
  • Questions and views from the audience

Closing session– conclusions by Staf Roels and Liesje Van Gelder (BCCA)

Favorite DYNASTEE newsletter issue 2018/10 now available

The tenth issue of the DYNASTEE newsletter is now available for download.

Contents include:

  • Foreword
  • Announcement of the Summer School 2018
  • IEA-­EBC Annex 58: Guidelines for data analysis from dynamic experimental campaigns; physical aspects
  • IEA-­EBC Annex 58: Statistical guidelines for building energy data
  • Estimation of thermophysical properties from in­situ measurements in all seasons: quantifying and reducing errors using dynamic grey­box methods
  • About DYNASTEE

Favorite 11 April 2018, Brussels – Building energy performance assessment and quality assurance based on in-situ measurements

In order to reduce the energy use of buildings, policy makers impose stringent requirements with regard to energy performance of new buildings and renovated buildings, and the use of renewable resources. Most compliance checks and labelling of the energy performances of buildings are done in the design phase by calculating the theoretical energy use. But, despite regulation and policy enforcements, monitoring of actual energy performances reveals in many cases a significant gap with theoretically designed targets. The currently observed performance gap, in combination with the increasing integration of innovative systems such as intelligent elements, low energy technologies, active solar systems, … accentuate the need to develop reliable methods and procedures that can be applied on site to assess the actual performance of buildings.

This request for onsite quality assessment is also clearly visible in several initiatives taken in different countries. Current assessment methods, however, often focus only on limited aspects, such as the building air tightness, or the quality of ventilation systems,… while overall methods based on in-situ measured data remain sparse. A better prediction, characterization and quality assurance of the actual building energy performance is essential to realise the world wide intended energy reduction in building communities and systems. Quantifying the actual performance of buildings can only be effectively realised by optimized in-situ measurements combined with dynamic data analysis techniques.

The IEA EBC Annex 71-project on ‘Building Energy Performance Assessment Based on In-Situ Measurements’ aims to make the step towards monitoring in-use buildings to obtain reliable quality checks of daily building construction practice to guarantee that designed performances are obtained on site.

This workshop will focus on the development of methods for the assessment and assurance of energy consumption in the building sector and potential applications in the context of the regulatory assessment of the energy performance of new buildings.

The workshop is organised by the DYNASTEE platform (www.dynastee.info), facilitated by INIVE (www.inive.org), following the IEA Annex 71 4th international expert meeting in Brussels.

The seminar is open to all professionals interested in quality assurance of the actual building energy performance.

Further information on the venue, programme, registration etc. is available here.

Favorite DYNASTEE newsletter issue 2017/9 now available

The ninth issue of the DYNASTEE newsletter is now available for download.

Contents include:

  • Foreword
  • Announcement of the Summer School 2018
  • IEA-EBC Annex 71 Common Exercise 1: Exploring identification and characterization techniques
  • ln-situ Measurements and Standardization {CEN, ISO)
  • Two selected abstracts
  • Outcome of the Summer School 2017 in Granada, Spain
  • IEA EBC Annex 71 (2016-2019)
  • About DYNASTEE

Favorite Outcome of the Summer School 2017 in Granada, Spain

A warm welcome to the participants by Josemaría Manzano Jurado, director of School of Architecture from the University of Granada (founded in 1531) and Delfina Bastos González, academic secretary of the School was followed by a tour in the beautiful renovated old building in the centre of the city.

After 5 very successful editions of the Summer School on “Dynamic methods for whole building energy assessment” this time the focus was on pragmatic application of these dynamic calculation techniques. The main purpose of this summer school was to train a methodology for evaluation of measured data. Five enthusiastic lecturers have presented methodologies in more than 10 presentations for assessing the heat transfer characteristics of building envelopes using data for hands-on exercises. During the summer course, information on relevant software has been given. For the practical exercises the software tool LORD has been applied on benchmark data as well as routines in the R-environment. More than half of the participants submitted prior to the course their homework which revealed that most of them have problems with assessing the thermal capacitance. This was the reason for a special lecture on how to deal with techniques for separating the static aspects from the dynamics. Discussed has been a more advanced course as a follow-up of this Summer School School that may take place during the summer of 2018.

For the social mid-week event, a visit to the Salobreña Castle on the Mediterranean coast was organised followed by a dinner with all participants and lecturers on the terrace of a typical Spanish taberna.