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SmartBuilt4EU workshop “Innovations for Upgrading the Smartness of Buildings” at Sustainable Places Conference 2022

Last September 8, the project SmartBuilt4EU led the workshop “Innovations for Upgrading the Smartness of Buildings” during the 10th edition of Sustainable Places Conference in Nice, France.

During the Sustainable Places Conference, which took place in Nice, France, between the 6th and 9th September 2022, the project SmartBuilt4EU organized the hybrid workshop “Innovations for Upgrading the Smartness of Buildings”. More than 70 people attended onsite and online to the workshop co-chaired by Karine Laffont (DOWEL Innovation) and Nerea Gómez (ECTP), which counted with an opening by Pierre-Antoine Vernon from CINEA on behalf of the European Commission.

Firstly, it was proposed a status update on the testing and implementation of the SRI indicator across Europe, with an outline of the supporting framework and activities provided by the SmartBuilt4EU project. The open task forces were also presented, a group of interested stakeholders investigating the key issues and trends related to smart buildings and identify state of the art, best practices, barriers, challenges and opportunities to support their uptake. The result of these task forces take shape through the white papers, which address those challenges and propose recommendations of solutions to progress on the smart buildings sector. These white papers can be found on the website.


The workshop chairs Karine Laffont from DOWEL Innovation and Nerea Gómez from ECTP

Then, the presentations from the several EU-supported Innovation projects took place in two sessions:

  • Part 1: “Upgrading smartness of existing buildings through innovations for legacy equipment” with pitches from DOMOS, PHOENIX, SMART2B, COLLECTiEF
  • Part 2: Smart operation and building dynamic optimisation with pitches from SATO, PRELUDE, AUTO-DAN and iBECOME

They pitched the value proposition of their expected smart buildings innovations and associated impacts. Both parts were followed by an interesting panel discussion among the project representatives, led by Sam Ramadori, CEO of Brainbox AI.


Panel discussion with some of the invited EU-supported innovation projects

All participants were also invited to reflect and provide feedback on the roadmap and Smart Building R&I priorities developed by the SmartBuilt4EU project in a joint collective and interactive session. The main aim is to support the European Commission and member states in gaining a better understanding of the state of play of the SBIC needs and identify and tailor key priorities for EU support to research, innovation and market uptake in smart buildings.

Finally, the workshop was concluded thanks to a closing speech from Emmanuel François, from Fonds MAJ, and the acknowledgement to the audience from the chair Karine Laffont.

Please find the presentations for download:




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