BEEP Spanish pilot: the Valencia regional government supports the use of the “Palacio de Calatayud” case study
Last Tuesday, August 5th, the Second Vice-President and Member of the Council of Housing and Bioclimatic Architecture, Rubén Martínez Dalmau, and the Member of the Council of Finance and Economic Model, Vicent Soler, of the Valencian Regional Government (GVA), signed an agreement to promote the use of the “Palacio de Calatayud” as a pilot building for the BEEP project.
The signing of this agreement allows the continuation of the previous work of information and documentation exchange on the building carried out by the technicians of the Regional Ministry of Finance and Economic Model and the Valencia Institute of Building (IVE), the Spanish BEEP project partner, to undertake the rest of the activities planned in the project.
After evaluating the suitability of other buildings as potential pilots of the project, the “Palacio de Calatayud” was selected as the one that best met the conditions required by the project in terms of size, date of construction, energy performance and heritage value. Prior to its selection, work was already underway on the comprehensive refurbishment project of the palace, with the triple objective of recovering its cultural value, adapting it to functional needs to return it to an administrative use -the building is currently in disuse- and converting it into an energy-efficient building.
About the BEEP project:
BEEP project aims at strengthening the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to enhance energy efficiency in buildings. The testing of this emerging technology on built heritage will be performed to demonstrate its scalability to the entire building stock. The project will provide public administrations with a powerful method for the energy rehabilitation of public buildings to be supported with private funds through the Energy Performance Contracting. The project main outcome will be an innovative methodology based on the integration of emerging technologies tested on heritage public buildings.