BEEP project: application of "Building Information Modelling" to increase energy efficiency in historical buildings

LCEC: Rashid Karami Municipal Cultural Center in Tripoli, Lebanon

The BEEP team has developed the document titled "Requirements for interoperable models, nomenclature and schemes to be used for the pilot actions". It gives an overview of the applicaitonof "Heritage Building Information Modelling (HBIM)" for the energy and environmental improvement of historical buildings. After a general state of the art on sustainable conservation of built heritage with the use of HBIM and building performance simulation, each partner presented the current situation in its country, focusing on the most interesting methods, legislation and case studies. Thus, the output helped establish a common framework among the partners to set up and harmonize the project workflow depending on local specificities.

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 9 heritage public buildings located in Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.

(*) Energy performance contracting (EPC) is a mechanism for organising the energy efficiency financing. The EPC involves an Energy Service Company (ESCO) which provides various services, such as finances and guaranteed energy savings. The remuneration of the ESCO depends on the achievement of the guaranteed savings. The ESCO stays involved in the measurement and verification process for the energy savings in the repayment period. ESCO and energy performance contracting are mostly found in the public sector and to a lesser extent in the industrial and commercial building sectors (Hilke and Ryan, 2012). Source: European Comission

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