Project name: Integrated Services to Boost Energy Renovation in Hungarian Homes
Project acronym: RenoHUb
Project start date: 2019-11-15
Project end date: 2022-11-14
Project status: Ongoing
Total budget/expenditure: EUR 1,558,298.75
European Union funding: EUR 1,558,298.75
The RenoHUb project is funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, which is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. Horizon 2020 is divided into 3 three pillars and 2 specific objectives corresponding to its main priorities. The pillar of Societal Challenges supports R&I that target society and citizens (climate, environment, energy, transport, etc.). It supports the development of breakthrough solutions coming from multi-disciplinary collaborations, which include social sciences and humanities.
The RenoHUb project is realized under the call H2020-LC-SC3-2018 (Building a Low-Carbon, Climate Resilient Future: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy ). Most of the Horizon 2020 calls are divided into topics of which RenoHUb belongs to the topic LC-SC3-EE-2-2018-2019 (Integrated home renovation services). Horizon 2020 programmes associated with the project are the H2020-EU.3.3.7. (Market uptake of energy innovation - building on Intelligent Energy Europe) and H2020-EU.3.3.1. (Reducing energy consumption and carbon foorpint by smart and sustainable use).
The EU-funded RenoHUb project will upscale the energy retrofits of old homes in Hungary through the development of an integrated business model. It will address the entire value chain of home retrofitting – from social, behavioural, communication and capacity building aspects through to supporting the decision-making and technical implementation, as well as the ex post assessment of energy and cost saving.
The Project Consortium is composed by five partner organisations all registered in Hungary. The Project Partners bring together extensive experience in policy, legislation, policy instruments, financial schemes, social, behavioural, engineering, construction, capacity development and communication aspects of energy refurbishment of residential buildings.
The overall aim of RenoHUb project is to trigger an upscale of the energy retrofits of the Hungarian homes through the development of an integrated business model (RenoHUb) that is capable to substantially expand within and beyond the project lifecycle in an economically viable manner without involving additional public grant co-financing.
The purpose of RenoHUb structure that initially includes an on-line platform and two offices (“RenoHUb information hotspots”) is to promote energy efficiency refurbishment and building integrated renewables in the residential sector, both in single and multi-family buildings, with increasing leveraging of private funds, and where relevant, gradual phase-out of public grant finance.
Generally, the project targets all homeowners in Hungary. The residential sector in Hungary represents about one third of the total final energy consumption. Based on estimates by professionals, the overall energy saving potential of the residential building stock ranges between 40-50% of the current energy consumption level. However, according to recent nation-wide surveys, approximately 24% of the Hungarian household share considering to implement full or staged energy saving refurbishments in their homes within the next 3-5 years. The project will specifically focus of these homes in multi-apartment or single-family houses to facilitate to turn their plans into completed investments.
The project delivers a RenoHUb system: a combination of the online platform and two physical offices called Information Hotspots combined with “Meet RenoHUb!” roadshow in 30 locations countrywide. RenoHUb ensures maximised coverage of homeowners as the three instruments reach out to different segments of the target audience.
Whilst the platform is anticipated to rather target the younger generation who routinely use IT-based applications, the information hotspots and roadshow locations will most likely be used by the older generations and people with less experience with internet and the use of internet-based applications.
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