Unlocking the potential of building energy data availability in Europe has been the fil rouge of the Sunshine final conference and roundtable held on January 14th in the Auditorium Biagi of Bologna’s Sala Borsa with the collaboration of the city’s Urban Center.
The European project Sunshine – Smart UrbaNServIces for Higher eNergy Efficiency– delivered innovative digital services, interoperable with existing geographic web-service infrastructures, supporting improved energy efficiency at the urban and building level. Ferrara was one of its pilot locations, with the Municipality being the key player of a pilot focused on the assessment of energy performances at city level and on the realtime communication with building managers: 21 public buildings serving daily approximately 1000 people were involved.
In the session on Energy Trends, the Regional Environmental Protection Agency of Emilia-Romagna explained the results of RESHC European project assessing that nearly 40% of Emilia-Romagna municipalities could exploit excess heat from industrial activities. Afterwards, the ACCENT project and its tool were presented as supporting instrument for planning the transition in building energy systems required to address the climate change challenge.
Renowned experts from the regulatory, research and business sectors coming from Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom shared their expertise in the field of energy efficiency, Internet of Things, standards and EU policies, as well as open energy in a high level round table. The CityGML – Energy ADE (Application Domain Extension) Development Group was presented as voluntary working group on interoperable data models in the ICT domain, currently active on developing an extension dedicated to energy data of such data model.
The conference was an excellent occasion for joint capitalization of European initiatives targeting the availability of building-related data, and highlighting the increasing interest and number of initiatives at European level involving institutions, local authorities and the business sector. Citizens and stakeholders interested in energy efficiency also had the opportunity to take part in the SUNSHINE live demos and experienced first-hand the solutions available for energy maps, building energy awareness and remote control of public lighting.
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