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General Assembly Meeting, Malta

29 partners of NEWBEE FP7 project have gathered at the General Assembly meeting, which was held on Malta, on March 21 and 22, 2012.

Main thoughts, thinkings and decisions were:

WP1- Value Chain Requirements

VTT informed the partners that they will be finalizing their WP by the end of April. VTT provide a quick overview on the deliverables current status:

·         D1.1 was almost ready although minimal changes are required. They are waiting for some statistics from Slovenia.

·         D1.2 is already uploaded and the draft of the final version can be found on PKM. The partners were invited to give their feedback.

·         D1.3 will not be finalized in the next days and in fact in Stuttgart the decision to take an extra month was taken (end of April). They are also analysing the requirements.

After this short overview, detailed explanation on the contents of each deliverable was given by each deliverable responsible.

D1.1 Classification of Building Typology

IFA explained the current status of the main findings in D1.1. They went through the typologies of the residential buildings in Europe, the classical parameters for energy efficient retrofitting and general building parameters. They showed tables with building locations of some European Countries and the distribution of buildings according to their age and history.  They also mentioned the technical building parameters and the importance of different technical factors. They tried to identify the market potential for SMEs and how to influence stakeholders.

IFA also went through the barriers- regulatory, economical and technical, the drivers, such as the benefits for the owner, awareness, regulatory, economical and so on.

They also went through the issue of non-residential buildings such as offices, and what their position in such a model is. The consortium decided to include in this deliverable more information related to non-residential buildings.


D1.2 Business Case Description

ERI discussed the Business Case Descriptions. They described 4 business cases and explained what they did to complete this deliverable. They defined a business matrix, and gave a brief explanation of a list of Business Cases that they had. They also defined a list of things to keep in mind when doing a business model. In the end a Matrix was proposed and discussed.


D1.3 SME driven Requirement Analysis

SGG presented the work that was done for D1.3. They went into the technical and nontechnical requirements. Most of the content for these requirements will be taken from the different deliverables. The partners involved in these deliverables outlined the objectives of the deliverables, the technical requirements, and the non-technical requirements and presented the chapters of the technical and non-technical report.

VTT presented a list of topics that can be interpreted as user requirements and solutions. Tarja (VTT) went through all the requirements and explained how each of these is relevant to the project. She showed the link between the technical and nontechnical requirements, the business models software processes


WP2- Retrofitting Technologies, Processes, and Best Practices

FhG provided a short overview on the WP2 status: D2.1, D2.2, D2.3.

A detailed presentation was made by each deliverable responsible afterwards.

D2.1 Building Best Available Technologies

RAHM went through D2.1, which involved the building available technologies for retrofitting.  They presented a list of what they did up till now and what still needs to be done. This was a representation of what each of the partners needs to input. They also went through a technology classification scheme and came up with 31 technologies up till now. Each of the technologies will have to be evaluated. Then SMEs will need to be able to access this probably through a platform that needs to be created. They also presented a list of structural factors and a list of techno-economic factors.

D2.2 SotA on Methodologies and Tools

FhG was in charge of D2.2 and they came up with a list of existing methodologies and ICT tools. They also suggested that, the consortium could create the classification criteria. The partners suggested that FhG send what ICT tools are needed so that the partners can easily see what complements each other and know what to do next.

D2.3 Best Practices Analysis and selection

TEC who were in charge of the best practices analysis and selection (deliverable D2.3) explained the objective of the deliverable and how they are focusing the work. They presented the evaluation factors and how they will be applied to choose the best building technologies (described in D2.1) and the best methodologies and ICT tools (described in D2.2).

In the end the SME will get a table with the summary of what the needed technology is.


Business Cases Discussion

ACC, RAHM, FE and ZRMK presented their business cases and all the partners discussed each. The partners brought business cases from Germany, Slovenia, Finland and Spain. They explained the situation in all of the countries and saw what worked and what did not. A discussion was raised about whether we should combine the best practices of all and their ways of working. The partners discussed issues of what ICT people can give us, the methodology that is needed to cover all the possibilities, what is lacking in the market at present, how ICT tools and SME requirements fit together. The partners agreed to find a common general structure at the beginning even though the countries are different.


WP3- Concept Specification

D3.3 System concept and D3.2 ICT system specification

ATB explained that the goals of this WP are:

·         Identify NewBEE Requirements: from the BC scenarios, from the BC specific requirements, from questionnaires and from RTD vision.

·         Define NewBEE Concept (D3.3): this is the architectural design of the NewBEE system to satisfy the identified requirements.

·         Specify NewBEE System (D3.2): this is the detailed design of the NewBEE system.

·         Specify the NewBEE Methodology (D3.1).


WP4- New Performance based Business Models and Methodology

D4.1 Financial Models

UNIPD gave a presentation regarding financial models of the business model. They showed an example of an energy performance contract that shows the consumer the situation before and after the intervention, and the profit that is made in the end. It may also highlight the savings that one does as quickly as from the first year after the implementation. In the end they will be able to see that the costs cut one another and they virtually paid nothing.

They went through the financial tools that can be used such as the white certificate scheme, which is also found on the PKM. It shows how to make the investment more affordable. It is a financial model that helps SMEs see how financial tools may change their business and how to increase their revenue scheme.  D4.1 shows this model and this idea. It looks into the financial resources of Europe and gives a description of each one. It should include a scenario analysis, “what if?”

During discussions it was brought up that this idea is already being implemented in certain countries, that the idea will serve as a kind of bank giving the customer the opportunity to use Energy Efficient products in the best financial way, and in return the customer pays nothing.


D4.2 Organizational Models

FhG-IAO gave a thorough explanation on how to get a virtual organization created through NewBEE, to compete with other physical companies. They went through some issues regarding organizational and financial aspects of a business models. They presented a business model canvas by Alex Osterwalder. They also gave an overview of the business blocks of a business model, all the components that make the business what it is i.e. both the company and the network layer.  Discussions arose regarding this model and the partners delved into the issue of whether to take the company on its own into consideration or also extend this to a whole network. The partners decided that both approaches will have to be considered (SME layer and Network Layer).