EBC was a partner on SHELTER, a project running from June 2010 to June 2013, co-funded by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. The aim of the project was to promote and facilitate the use of new models of cooperation, inspired by integrated design, for the energy renovation of social housing. To coordinate professionals’ energy renovation activities, Shelter relied upon an interdisciplinary and integrated design approach, involving builders, architects, national social housing organisations, the European association of social housing organisations (CECODHAS) and the research centre TU Delft. EBC supported the consortium by analysing past energy renovations experiences of social housings units to enhance the understanding about the relations between professionals’ coordination and quality of works.
EBC was a partner of QualiCert, a project running from July 2009 to December 2011, co-funded by the European Commission under the Intelligent Energy Europe programme. The framework of this project was the Renewable Energy directive, which obliged Member States to develop and mutually recognise accreditation and certification schemes for installers of small-scale renewable energy installations. QualiCert relied on an interdisciplinary multi-stakeholder approach involving builders, installers, training providers and accreditation bodies, renewable energies stakeholders and a number of national energy agencies. EBC promoted the suitability of “qualification schemes” as an equal approach to “certification schemes” and highlighted the importance to reduce administrative burdens and costs in access to qualification schemes, notably by encouraging the random selection of audits and setting up private/public partnerships.