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Rinno: Towards an open renovation platform for integrated design and delivery of deep renovation projects

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mohamad Kassem



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© 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. The building stock accounts for a significant portion of worldwide energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. While the majority of the existing building stock has poor energy performance, deep renovation efforts are stymied by a wide range of human, technological, organisational and external environment factors across the value chain. A key challenge is integrating appropriate human resources, materials, fabrication, information and automation systems and knowledge management in a proper manner to achieve the required outcomes and meet the relevant regulatory standards, while satisfying a wide range of stakeholders with differing, often conflicting, motivations. RINNO is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to deliver a set of processes that, when working together, provide a system, repository, marketplace and enabling workflow process for managing deep renovation projects from inception to implementation. This paper presents a roadmap for an open renovation platform for managing and delivering deep renovation projects for residential buildings based on seven design principles. We illustrate a preliminary stepwise framework for applying the platform across the full-lifecycle of a deep renovation project. Based on this work, RINNO will develop a new open renovation software platform that will be implemented and evaluated at four pilot sites with varying construction, regulatory, market and climate contexts.

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Author(s): Lynn T, Rosati P, Egli A, Krinidis S, Angelakoglou K, Sougkakis V, Tzovaras D, Kassem M, Greenwood D, Doukari O

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sustainability

Year: 2021

Volume: 13

Issue: 11

Online publication date: 27/05/2021

Acceptance date: 21/05/2021

Date deposited: 07/07/2022

ISSN (electronic): 2071-1050

Publisher: MDPI AG


DOI: 10.3390/su13116018


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