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Conference Paper
Schippers-Trifan, O. et al. (2019) Exploitation of Business Models for Deep Renovation. In: The proceedings of the Sustainable Places 2019 (SP 2019). Basel, Switserland: MDPI, pp.Proceedings 2019, 20,11.
Schippers-Trifan, O. • D’Oca, S. • Ferrante, A. • Op ‘t Veld, P. • Peraudeau, N. • Peters, C. • Pernetti, R. • Decorme, R.
Sustainable Places 2019 (SP 2019), Sardinia, Italy.
July 2019


In this workshop, we discussed the exploitation experiences gathered in some relevant H2020 projects on deep renovation: TripleA-reno, ProGETonE, P2Endure, 4rinEU, STUNNING, and TURNkey Retrofit. Directives and practical insights that support the experimentation with exploitation strategies in EU-funded projects will be elaborated as outcome of the workshop.

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Sebastian, R., Gralka, A. et al. (2018) Technical, Financial, and Social Barriers and Challenges in Deep Building Renovation: Integration of Lessons Learned from the H2020 Cluster Projects. Buildings 2018, 8(12), pp.174.
Sebastian, R. • Gralka, A. • D’Oca, S. • Ferrante, A. • Ferrer, C • Pernetti, R. • op ‘t Veld, P
Buildings 2018, 8(12), pp.174.
December 6th  2018

Abstract: With a low rate of new building construction and an insufficient rate of existing building renovation, there is the need to step up the pace of building renovation with ambitious performance targets to achieve European Union (EU) climate change policies for 2050. However, innovative technologies, including, but not limiting to, plug and play (PnP) prefabricated facades, information and communications technology (ICT)-support for building management systems (BMS), the integration of renewable energy systems (RES), building information model (BIM) and building performance simulation models (BPSM), advanced heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), advanced geomatics, 3D-printing, and smart connectors, cannot alone solve the problem of low renovation rates of existing buildings in Europe that is hindering reaching of EU-wide targets. A workshop was held at the Sustainable Place Conference 2018 to present, with an integrative approach, the experiences from four H2020 innovation actions, i.e., 4RinEU, P2ENDURE, Pro-GET-OnE, and MORE-CONNECT, which were united by their central aims of improving building energy performance through deep renovation practices. This article presents the outcomes of the joint workshop and interactive discussion, by focusing on technical, financial, and social added values, barriers and challenges, in the context of the building renovation processes tackled by the four projects. Conclusive remarks converge on the identification of open questions to address future innovation opportunities, as well as some recommendations to be used at a policy level and/or in future implementation projects.

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Olivadese, R. et al. (2018) Introduction to the H2020 MOBISTYLE project. The REHVA European HVAC Journal, Volume: 55, Issue: 6, pp.11-16.
Olivadese, R. • Tisov, A • op 't Veld, P
The REHVA European HVAC Journal, Volume: 55, Issue: 6, pp.11-16.
December 2018

​Motivating end-users behavioural change by combined ICT based tools and modular information services on energy use, indoor environment, health and lifestyle. Keywords: Energy use, indoor environment, health, behaviour change, awareness campaign, people-centred approach.

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Conference Paper
Sebastian, R. , Gralka, A., Olivadese, R. et al. (2018) Plug-and-Play Solutions for Energy-Efficiency Deep Renovation of European Building Stock. In: The proceedings of the Sustainable Places 2018 (SP 2018). , pp.2(15), 1157.
Sebastian, R. • Gralka, A. • Olivadese, R. • Arnesano, M. • Revel, G. • Hartmann, T. • Gutsche, C.
Sustainable Places 2018 (SP 2018), Aix-les-Bains.
25 September 2018


​Ninety percent of the existing building stock in Europe was built before 1990. These buildings are in urgent need for a significant improvement of energy-efficiency through renovation. State-of-the-art renovation solutions are available, but costly and lengthy renovation processes and incomprehensible technical complexities hinder the achievement of a wide impact at a European scale. This paper presents a research on Plug-and-Play (PnP) technologies supported by Building Information Modelling (BIM) to provide affordable, interchangeable and quick-installation solutions to overcome the main barriers of building deep renovation​.

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Presentation by Martin Roders at SBE16 Utrecht
Roders, M. (2016) Self-Inspection and Self-Instruction Methods and Tools for energy Efficient Building.
Presentation by Martin Roders at SBE16 Utrecht
April 2016


Conference Paper
Roders, M., Sebastian, R., et al. (2016) INSITER self-inspection method and instruments to ensure optimal performance of prefab retrofitting solutions. In: The proceedings of the Sustainable Built Environment: Transition Zero. Utrecht: Hogeschool Utrecht Smart Sustainable Cities, pp.33-42.
Roders, M. • Sebastian, R. • • Piaia, E.
Sustainable Built Environment: Transition Zero, Utrecht.
April 2016


The benefits of prefab retrofitting solutions for NET Zero Energy buildings (such as prefab components for building envelopes, windows, equipment) are at risk because of bad implementation during the construction processes. As a result, the energy-efficiency potential as designed will not be realised. The European Horizon 2020 research project INSITER develops a quality assurance method that closes the performance gap between design and construction. This paper reports on the first phase of such a method, being a desk research to identify the most frequent construction errors, state-of-the-art diagnostic instruments to detect the errors and suitable standards for performance control.​

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Presentation by Martin Roders at  Cast in action, in the new Faxx building, Tilburg
Roders, M. (2015) Presentation at Cast: Climate change by housing corporations.
Presentation by Martin Roders at  Cast in action, in the new Faxx building, Tilburg
December 2015


Interview with Martin Roders
Corporatiemedia, Roders, M. (2015) Chain cooperation can help corporations to adapt to climate change.
Interview by Corporatiemedia with Martin Roders
july 2015


Sebastian, R. et al. (2015) Meeting the energy-efficient buildings challenge. IFHE Digest, 2015, pp.24-28.
Sebastian, R. • Nauta, N.J. • di Giulio, R.D. • Quentin, C. • Turillazzi, B.
IFHE Digest, 2015, pp.24-28.
Juli 2015


This article presents the methodology defined wuthin STREAMER, an Europe collaborative research project on Energy-efficient buildings ( EeB) in order to approach the organizational and functional aspects of healthcare buildings in relation to their energy-related features.

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Roders, M. (2015) Climate adaptation becomes easier with chain cooperation., article on a website.
Roders, M., article on a website.
June 2015

How can chain cooperation ensure an improvement towards climate change adaptation for housing corporations in the Netherlands? PhD student Martin Roders gave an explanation on his dissertation ''Partnering for climate change adaptations by Dutch housing associations'', June 18, ​​TU Delft. A remarkable conclusion is that chain cooperation does not automatically lead to innovation and climate change adaptation.​

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Conference Paper
Sebastian, R. et al. (2014) Hospital campus design related with EeB challenges. In: The proceedings of the 10th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, , ECPPM 2014. Vienna: CRC Press/Balkema, pp.907-913.
Sebastian, R. • Hoogh, S. • de Giulio, R.D. • Quentin, C. • Turillazzi, B.
10th European Conference on Product and Process Modelling, , ECPPM 2014, Vienna, Austria.
December 2015


Energy efficiency and reduction of carbon emission of Healthcare buildings and districts are a key factor for a sustainable community since their energy use and carbon emission are among the highest of all building types. A hospital – which is a part of a healthcare district – uses 2.5 times more energy than an office in average. In order to cope with the energy, financial, political, societal and environmental crises, all healthcare districts in Europe are urgently seeking to substantially reduce their energy consumption and carbon emission by 30–50%. For this purpose, the design phase of new building projects as well as building retrofitting projects is the crucial moment for integrating multi-scale EeB solutions. At present and in the near future, clients, architects, technical designers, contractors, and end-users really need a breakthrough in designing energy-efficiency buildings integrated in the healthcare districts. STREAMER is an actual EU FP7 industry-driven collaborative research project on Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) with cases of mixed-use healthcare districts. The research aims at 50% reduction of the energy use and carbon emission of new and retrofitted buildings in healthcare districts by optimising Semantics-driven Design methodologies with interoperable tools for Geo and Building Information Modelling (Semantic BIM and GIS) to validate the energy performance during the design stage. This paper presents the methodology defined within STREAMER to approach the organizational, distribution and functional aspects of Healthcare buildings in relation to their energy-related features. The typological, technical, distribution and functional characteristics of each building type is investigated and connected to the functional aggregative configurations based on the proximity and the interdependencies between spaces and functions in order to define a compatibility matrix between various building typologies and their energy-related features and characteristics.​

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Conference Paper
Sebastian, R. et al. (2014) The Streamer European Project. Case Study: Careggi Hospital in Florence. In: The proceedings of the 6th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering IFMBE. Dubrovnik, Croatia: Springer International Publishing, pp.649-651.
Sebastian, R. • Iadanza, E. • Turillazzi, B. • Terzaghi, F. • Marzi, L. • Giuntini, A.
6th European Conference of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering IFMBE, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
September 2014


In this paper is shown the European research project STREAMER in the topic “Optimised design methodologies for energy efficient buildings integrated in the neighborhood energy systems”. The Streamer research project aims at use and development of a semantic approach to design starting from the combination of BIM and GIS systems. A case study in Careggi hospital, Florence (Italy) is shown, together with the expected results.

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Sebastian, R. et al. (2014) The Italian Case Study in the European Research Project Streamer: The Careggi Hospital-University Company.. Hospital and Public Health, 7 (1), pp.4-13.
Sebastian, R. • Terzaghi, F., • Giuntini, A., • Iadanza, E., • Marzi, L., • Turillazzi, B.
Hospital and Public Health, 7 (1), pp.4-13.
January-June 2014

Scientific article about EU project STREAMER in HPH (Hospital and Public Health, a leading journal in the healthcare sector) regarding energy efficiency in hospitals.​​​

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Sebastian, R. et al. (2013) Performance-based procurement for low-disturbance bridge construction projects. Construction Innovation, 13(4), pp.394-409.
Sebastian, R. • Claeson-Jonsson, C. • di Giulio, R.D.
Construction Innovation, 13(4), pp.394-409.
Oktober 2013


Purpose ‐ This paper aims to introduce a method of performance-based procurement, based on the most economically advantageous tender (MEAT), for low-disturbance bridge construction projects in urban environment. Design/methodology/approach ‐ The first part of this paper reviews the key performance indicators (KPIs) of low-disturbance construction and the procurement procedure based on the MEAT principles. The second part reflects on two actual bridge projects (the Rotebro bridge in Sweden and the Arno river bridge in Italy) as observatory case studies to analyse how clients and contractors can implement the KPIs in MEAT. Findings ‐ The research findings demonstrate the possible inclusion of the KPIs of low-disturbance construction into the MEAT criteria. The MEAT principles can then be used in combination with either a traditional or an integrated procurement strategy. Research limitations/implications ‐ The implementation of MEAT to achieve low-disturbance construction projects is considerably new and still requires an empirical validation. A further elaboration of the procurement strategy within the EU regulatory framework is strongly recommended in order to assure the broader impacts of sustainable construction. Practical implications ‐ The findings and recommendations support the practical development and the use of MEAT in construction projects in the EU. Originality/value ‐ This paper presents on-going investigation within the FP7 collaborative research project "PANTURA", which addresses the actual research agenda of the European Commission on low-disturbance and urban-friendly civil infrastructure projects.​

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Sebastian, R. et al. (2011) Energy-neutral building systems. BouwIQ, 2011(2), pp.26-29.
Sebastian, R. • Klerks, S
BouwIQ, 2011(2), pp.26-29.


Conference Paper
Sebastian, R. et al. (2009) Development of a housing policy to facilitate the sustainable refurbishment of high-rise residential buildings. In: The proceedings of the 3rd SASBE International Conference. Delft: SASBE.
Sebastian, R. • Brouwer, J.
3rd SASBE International Conference, Delft.
Juni 2009


European countries are currently facing serious problems with the quality of their high rise housing stock. The majority of the high-rise housing stock was built in the first decades after World War II, and cannot meet the current standard in terms of technical and social quality. The need for refurbishment of these buildings and their environment is an urgent problem, but has not been adequately solved by the local government. There is still a need for a well-organised governance system at city, district and neighbourhood level that is able to initiate and facilitate the refurbishment programme. An MSc graduation research project at the Eindhoven University of Technology on a pilot project in the Slovak Republic has shown that the effective implementation of new technical solutions for refurbishment is failed due to financial and organisational barriers. On the one hand, as home-owners or inhabitants are facing increasing costs for services (heat, gas and electricity) and maintenance, many of them are not able to take part in financial investments for major refurbishment. On the other hand, the intention of the European Union and different national governments to address the issue of sustainable regeneration often fails to reach the individual home-owners or inhabitants. After describing the current situation and problems, this paper moves on to propose a new systematic approach for policy development. Based on an ongoing research project at TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), conceptual process models are presented.

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