CABEE (detailled)

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CABEE is a transnational Alpine project to create and implement an Alpine-wide guideline for definition, procurement, production, assessment and promotion as well as learning about new and refurbished Nearly-Zero-Emission-Buildings (NZEB) and their neighborhoods. CABEE stands for Capitalizing Alpine Building Evaluation Experiences. CABEE capitalizes wisdom from finished and ongoing EU-projects. It focuses on a mass oriented approach. Pilot activities are settled on public tendering, user behaviour and a toward 100% eco-assessment approach. The integration of micro smart energy grids is explored. Furthermore, markets for NZEBs are prepared, especially in cooperation with public authorities and SMEs. On the regional level “Regional Operation Committees” will be established which are supported by a transnational sustainable network of experts. A public transnational conference concentrates on and spreads out existing knowledge.[1]

General information

Project partners
Project duration
  • July 2012 - June 2015
Project Budget
  • Total budget of the CABEE project: EUR 2.2603.098
  • Total European Regional Development Fund: EUR 1.567.949"

Project aims and message

Project objectives and activities

The general objective of CABEE is to create a mass-scale innovatoin impulse on the environment for innovation and cooperation capacities with respect to NZEB and neighbourhood in the Alpine Space.

The objectives are:

  1. Creation of a common Alpine-wide Guideline on buildings for definition, procurement, production, assessment and promotion of Nearly-Zero-Emission-Buildings (NZEB) (new and refurbishments, private and public) and their neighborhoods (energy, material, waste, personal and social aspects) by capitalizing INTERREG projects results as well as learning from FP7 projects. Furthermore, the Guideline will be a contribution for actual EU-wide debate on buildings qualities (“Eco label”)
  2. Transnational level: Execution of a common innovation workshop and a common public innovation conference with excursion program focused on experiences, research results and feasibility studies for experts, politicians, SMEs including traditional sectors and much more workshops on regional level.
  3. Regional level: To improve good governance, to reduce costs and to simplify the access to the content defined in the Alpine-wide Guideline and stored in the Knowledge-Hub through CESBA Wiki.
  4. Local level: Increase of know-how and expertise of politicians, SMEs and experts in the working processes in the building sector and their neighborhoods through pilot actions, knowledge exchange and joint development activities.
  5. To capitalize the non-profit structure of the transnational NENA-Network in the field of NZEB for harmonized services (Open-Source platform, sponsorship for the Alpine-wide Guideline) for SMEs and public authorities governed by regional organizations (bottom-up approach) beyond the duration of the project.

The resulting activities are:

  • Good Governance
  • Pilot Testing of Guidelines
  • Micro Smart Energy Grids
  • Strategic market preparation

These activity fields lead to the CABEE work plan and the CABEE outputs.

The CABEE activities

Work packages and project outputs

WP 3: Information and Publicity

WP 3 focuses on general porject communication for CABEE. The main communication objective is to raise public awareness for CABEE results and public support for the associated project goals and activities. The target groups for the communication activities are SMEs, key decision makers in the field of Nearly-Zero-Emission-Buildings (NZEB) and the public. The main strategy for communication is to use existing networks like expert-networks, energy clusters, trade associations etc. and to build up a thematic leadership by involving the leading experts in the field of NZEB. Cooperation with well-established annual events is another aim of the project consortium.

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WP 4: Good governance

Development of an Alpine-wide Guideline on Nearly-Zero-Emission-Buildings (NZEBs)

CESBA is the basis for the Alpine-wide Guideline which all partners will enrich from their regional experiences. The results will be the basis for transnational exchange. On theoretical level, the experiences of ENERBUILD/KGA (Vorarlberg) are used as a basic concept, guidelines on the whole building process and assessment indicators for quality (also e.g. water and waste) are established and distinguish between old, new, public and private buildings. On the practical level, existing methods are implemented, differences are identified, models for public tendering, procurement and evaluation are developed and on the management level an Open-Source approach is established for access and quality assurance.

Strengthen the model function of public buildings

Differences between public and private buildings are specified and the advantages of public process for reaching NZEB standards carved out. Up to 3 successful models (regarding all fields of the Alpine-wide Guideline) per partner region are prescribed in field studies. Project partners pick up one outstanding experience from each other to improve their situation in the own region.

WP 5: Pilot testing of guideline

Testing public tendering

The common objective is the validation and testing of public tendering for new and existing public buildings or the construction parts of buildings. It is in line with Green Public Procurement and described in the Alpine-wide Guideline (CESBA). For this at least 40 tenders are analysed in comparison with the Guideline. Finally, the compliance of goals and the realized building is assessed with the tendering. The public tendering is monitored and documented.

Solutions to change user behaviour

The objectives are to find solutions for user behaviour in high performance buildings and to increase the awareness of the user’s impact on the "building performance. 40 buildings will be evaluated by critical behaviours, social conditions (income, age etc.) and their building usage. The information will be taken from monitoring outcomes (ENERBUILD), building assessments (rating systems), statistical data, and surveys.

Towards assessing 100% of public buildings

The focus is on a mass building assessment of existing public buildings. The objective is to learn from a massive group of public buildings for one year, by experimentally assessing their energy and environmental performance. Each participating region will define their assessment area. The information will be taken from energy certification, environmental labels and policies carried out in 4 steps:

  1. Building performance data collection;
  2. Study about statistical energy, environmental performances and a mass oriented approach in the region;
  3. Execution of public conferences on the outcomes in every participating region in cooperation with the ROC;
  4. Feedback towards the Alpine-wide Guideline.

The results will be presented in 9 conferences.

WP 6: Micro smart energy grids

Analyses of actual building sites

To start, a common definition for smart energy grids including their features and performance figures is elaborated. On the basis of this definition, energy flows are analysed. The objective is to evaluate 10 smart energy grids including their surroundings in a range of 200 meters. For each site / building 3 possible scenarios are created for showing ways how NZEBs together with their close neighbourhood can be achieved. These scenarios will be discussed with local responsible bodies.

Integration of buildings in smart energy grids

The goal is to point out technical and financial possibilities for the integration of buildings into existing smart energy grids. These strategies are tested on 10 existing smart energy grid cases. The solutions range from energy exchange, (renewable) energy storage, integration of different approaches, cost effectiveness to a life cycle costs approach. New opportunities to exploit local SMEs expertise and skills will be taken into account to keep cost at the optimal level. This action creates practical experiences in integration of buildings into existing smart grids.

Integration of neighborhoods in smart energy grids

Some existing buildings cannot reach the goal of NZEBs. But they may reach it in cooperation with their neighbouring buildings (statistic evaluation, exchange of energy, energy storage, economics of scale, economic advantages etc.). Therefore solutions for integration of many buildings in smart energy grids are necessary. For participating regions a feasibility study for the integration of at least 10 buildings into one nearly zero emission neighbourhood will be executed.

WP 7: Strategic market preparation

Preparation of the capability of SMEs

Regional Operation Committees (ROC) together with regional chambers of commerce or SME-oriented cluster organizations prepare the capability of enterprises toward low carbon oriented production processes in the building sector. The ROCs adapt existing training modules and fosters the exchange of positive experiences between craftsmen and technicians. The partners will focus on exchange with SMEs and their implementation capabilities in different Workshops. The results and feedback will be stored in the CESBA-Wiki.

Establishing an on-going service for SMEs

The goal is to strengthen the NENA network focusing on services for NZEB. NENA aims to ensure a neutral position for the care of the Knowledge-Hub. By the on-going CESBA Wiki, the continuation of the experiences realized in CABEE is assured. The ROCs will use NENA and the CESBA Wiki for their local activities on these services towards SMEs.

Workshop for public authorities

Public authorities and politicians play a key role in the field of NZEB. On the one hand, they create the environment via laws and financial promotion; on the other hand, they are investors for public buildings and can play an innovator role. The results of the Alpine-wide Guideline, the role of public buildings, the pilot testing and the results on micro smart grids will be shared in regional workshops for politicians and administrative officials carried out by the ROCs.

Homepage and contact


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Phone: +4355797171-40

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