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Revolutionising Energy Efficiency: The SUREFIT Project’s Impact on European Buildings

By the SUREFIT Team In an increasingly sustainability-conscious world, Europe is leading the charge towards a greener future with innovative projects like SUREFIT. This EU-funded project is focused on making our buildings more efficient and sustainable and could have a profound impact on how we live and work in the future. What exactly is SUREFIT, […]

Additive Manufacturing Revolutionising Construction & Renovation: A Sustainable Paradigm Shift

Additive manufacturing (AM) has revolutionised the construction industry by allowing the fabrication of three-dimensional objects through layer-based material connections. With methods like selective laser sintering (SLS) and fused deposition modelling (FDM), AM can utilise various materials such as metals, composites, ceramics, and polymers, facilitating the creation of complex structural components with minimal waste. Particularly in concrete 3D printing, the market is booming, expected to reach $40 billion by 2027. Yet, challenges persist, including high equipment costs, labour shortages, and environmental concerns regarding material usage and energy consumption.

Unveiling the Data-Driven Transformation: Exploring Big Data and Analytics in Deep Renovation

By Samantha Schoenlank and Antonia Egli (Dublin City University) In our quest to explore the transformative impact of technology on the renovation and construction sectors, we continue with the RINNO blog series focusing on the open-access book ‘Disrupting Buildings: Digitalisation and the Transformation of Deep Renovation.’ This month, we bring you insights from Chapter 5 […]

Unleashing the Potential of Digital Twins in Building Renovation

By Samantha Schoenlank and Antonia Egli (Dublin City University) This month, we continue to explore the transformative impact of technology on the renovation sector by covering RINNO’s newly published open-access book ‘Disrupting Buildings: Digitalisation and the Transformation of Deep Renovation’. Read on for insights from Chapter 6 ‘Digital Twins and Their Roles in Building Deep […]

Exploring the Frontiers of Building Performance Simulation in Deep Renovation Projects

Building simulation is a technique that uses computational, mathematical, and machine learning models to represent the physical characteristics, expected or actual operation, and control strategies of a building and its energy systems. The RINNO blog series on the recently published open access book ‘Disrupting Buildings: Digitalisation and the Transformation of Deep Renovation’ moves to Chapter 4: Building Performance Simulation this week with Asimina Dimara, Prof. Stelios Krinidis, Dr. Dimosthenis Ioannidis, and Dr. Dimitrios Tzovaras. Read on for a better understanding of the building performance simulation domain with significant use cases, widely used simulation tools, and the challenges for implementation.

Revolutionising Building Renovation through BIM and Emerging Technologies

The RINNO blog series on the recently published open access book ‘Disrupting Buildings: Digitalisation and the Transformation of Deep Renovation’ continues with a spotlight on Chapter 3: Building Information Modelling with Dr Omar Doukari, Prof Mohamad Kassem, and Prof David Greenwood. Read on to better understand the potential of building information modelling in deep renovation projects. For timely updates on this blog series, sign up to the RINNO newsletter or follow us on social media here.

The Power of Sensors in Building Construction, Deep Renovation, and Smart Buildings

The RINNO blog series on the recently published open access book ‘Disrupting Buildings: Digitalisation and the Transformation of Deep Renovation’ continues this week with a spotlight on Chapter 2: Embedded Sensors, Ubiquitous Connectivity and Tracking.

RINNO Expertise in European Thermo-Modernisation to Lead the Polish Renovation Wave

RINNO Expertise in European Thermo-Modernisation to Lead the Polish Renovation Wave RINNO partner, NAPE, boasts over 25 years of experience in energy consulting, popularising efficient and rational energy usage, above all in the building sector, and the principles of sustainable development.. Their knowledge in the field will lead renovation works at RINNO’s Polish demo site. [...]

RINNO: The Advantages of Blockchain in Deep Renovation Projects

In today's digital age, data security and trust are paramount. Blockchain technology has emerged as a revolutionary concept with potential extending far beyond financial applications; its decentralised and transparent nature is already beginning to transform building renovation and construction projects. Read on to better understand the basics of Blockchain technology and how RINNO is making [...]

RINNO Expertise in Implementing Passive House Standards Demonstrated at Greek Pilot Site

A simulation study on energy use in residential buildings is currently underway in Greece with RINNO partners Hellenic Passive Building Institute (HPHI) and the Greek National Center for Research and Technological Development (CERTH). This project's pilot site aims to create the most energy-efficient building in Greece by improving thermal comfort and energy consumption in an [...]

Experience Building Renovation through Virtual Reality: Introducing the Danish RINNO Pilot Site

RINNO is pleased to announce that renovation work on the project’s Danish pilot site in Slagelse is now in full swing. This retrofit is made possible thanks to a collaborative effort between RINNO and the Fællesorganisationen af Boligorganisationer (FOB) in Slagelse to promote sustainable and innovative building renovations, improve the energy efficiency of buildings, and […]

Fostering Energy Revolutions in Cold Winters: Clean Energy Policy Insights from the Irish National Energy Research & Policy Conference

RINNO’s Antonia Egli recently joined the virtual Irish National Energy Research and Policy Conference aimed at the policy makers, academic experts, and energy industry and community representatives tasked with achieving Ireland’s clean energy goals through energy research and policy. The gap between the effects of climate change and the impact of climate solutions is widening [...]

Making Way for Corporate & Government Climate Leadership

RINNO’s Joanna McGowan joined the Dublin City University Centre for Climate and Society inaugural conference in May - as did Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. Read on for our key takeaways and insights into what governments and corporations alike can and must do to tackle the climate crisis. Let’s Begin with the Basics: What [...]

“Restoring our Road to Nature” – President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, on Ireland’s Response to Climate Change

On May 5th 2022, the inaugural conference for the new DCU Centre for Climate and Society was held at DCU St. Patricks campus, Ireland. The DCU Centre for Climate and Society was established in 2021 and is the first centre in Ireland devoted to leading the societal response to climate change. The Centre for Climate [...]

Transformational Adaptation, Tech & Policy Change for Environmental Sustainability

Dublin City University, academic partner to the RINNO project, this semester launched the ‘Climate and Environmental Sustainability’ BA programme. Antonia Egli speaks to Dr Darren Clarke, Environmental Geographer and Lecturer at DCU’s School of History & Geography, to better understand what it means to foster environmental sustainability in education, policy, and technology.Watch Dr Darren Clarke’s […]

The Newest in ClimateTech: Bill Gates & AI for the Self-Assessment of Building Energy Performance

This October, RINNO’s Antonia Egli joined the SOSV ClimateTech Summit and Sustainable Energy Week. These virtual events brought together ClimateTech entrepreneurs and policymakers to discuss challenges and opportunities ahead - read on for our key takeaways and insights into the latest developments in climate technologies. To get to zero [emissions], you have to do the [...]

“30 Years of Blah, Blah, Blah,” COP26, and the Ongoing Fight against Climate Change

Earlier this week, Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg mocked the arguably inconsequential efforts of political leaders and climate representatives at the Youth4Climate summit in Milan, Italy. But climate ministers contend that progress is indeed being made – and will convene to further progress this during the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November […]

The EU Tech Chamber on Smart Cities: Retrofitting Existing Buildings a Key Challenge in Green Tech Development

By 2050, 65% of the global population is expected to reside in cities. This July, RINNO’s Antonia Egli joined the EU Technology Chamber’s whitepaper launch of ‘10 Key Recommendations for Smart Cities,’ introducing key challenges and requirements for the cities set to be home to an ever-growing number of citizens.Cities will grow as crucial economic […]

RINNO Partner, DCU, Wins 2021 Green Business & Sustainability Award For Drastically Reducing On-Campus Water Consumption

Dublin City University (DCU), ranked in the top ‘100 under 50’ on the Times Higher Education and in the ‘Top 50 under 50’ on the QS World University Rankings, has been awarded the ‘Sustainable Water Achievement Award’ in the Green Awards 2021. How did their bid to drastically reduce water consumption across five campuses in […]

Climate Change: Why What We’re Currently Doing Is Not Enough

On May 19th and 20th, 2021, RINNO’s Antonia Egli attended the virtual Dublin Climate Dialogues featuring high-profile speakers like John Kerry (US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate), and Mary Robinson (Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice, Trinity College Dublin, Chair of the Elders, and former President of Ireland). The two-day event gave room for discussions on [...]

The BITCI Low Carbon Pledge

SAMBHAVI SUDHAKAR (DCU) provides an overview of Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI) revised Low Carbon Pledge launched in March 2021  RINNO recently attended the launch of Business in the Community Ireland’s (BITCI) revised Low Carbon Pledge. This revised Low Carbon Pledge updates and expands commitments laid out in previous versions of the Pledge. It […]

From Horizon 2020 To Horizon Europe: What Researchers Need To Know

RINNO’s Antonia Egli (DCU) joined Horizon Europe’s Irish launch event and explains this new funding body’s impact on EU research initiatives.On March 25th, 2021, Horizon Europe was launched in Ireland. The virtual event brought together over 2,000 international viewers and welcomed notable speakers such as Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and […]

Creative Approaches to Sustainable Building

RINNO’s Antonia Egli joins Advantage Austria’s “Creative Approaches to Sustainable Building” event and reports on the latest in GlassTech and wasterwater management for sustainable construction and renovation solutions. The event brought together over 200 architects, construction professionals, developers and experts in sustainable construction and was dedicated to sustainable innovation and technological development in the construction […]

GlassTech: How Can it Contribute to Energy Efficiency

Together with RINNO’s Antonia Egli, project partner Greenstruct explains how two relatively new innovations, photovoltaics and thermochromic glass, will be explored within the four-year project.One of the areas that RINNO will be employing to increase the energy efficiency of the project’s pilot sites is so-called GlassTech in construction. Humans have been making glass for thousands of […]

Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB): Passive House Standards Can Help Meet nZEB Requirements

RINNO’s Stefan Pallantzas discusses how building and renovating houses to passive house standards can help meet nZEB requirements under the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and how the Hellenic Passive House Institute will demonstrate this in the RINNO project.What are Passive House Standards?The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) requires all new buildings […]

European Green Cities: Leading State Of The Art Tech Transformation In Greece, Denmark and Poland through RINNO

11% of Europe’s population still experiences energy poverty due to poor building quality. If the rate of deep renovation does not accelerate, it could take more than 100 years to renovate the entire EU building stock. As such, energy efficiency in buildings is of extreme importance in Europe’s sustainable development movement. RINNO’s Elsbeth Terkelsen discusses […]

Book Launch: ‘Ireland and the Climate Crisis’

On December 9th, 2020, RINNO’s Antonia Egli joined Dublin City University’s launch of the recently published book ‘Ireland and the Climate Crisis’ edited by David Robbins, Diarmuid Torney and Pat Brereton. The virtual gathering was joined by guest speakers Professor Daire Keogh, President of Dublin City University, Eamon Ryan, Minister for Environment, Climate, Communications and […]

Demand Response in the EU: Market Perspectives & Business Opportunities

In November 2020, RINNO's Antonia Egli joined the DELTA Project’s community in their newest webinar on services, market activities, regulatory issues, and future business opportunities in EU demand response networks. Similar to RINNO, DELTA is a Horizon 2020-funded project working with 10 partners from 8 countries to deliver a new energy distribution structure through demand [...]

RINNO partners discuss motivations, innovative technologies and project milestones

We interview key RINNO partners to gather their insights into the newly launched, four year Horizon 2020 deep renovation project. “We are acting today to make the EU the world’s first climate neutral continent by 2050. The Climate Law is the legal translation of our political commitment, and sets us irreversibly on the path to [...]


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