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What is the EXCESS project?

EXCESS - FleXible user-CEntric Energy poSitive houseS – brings together 21 partners from 8 countries to showcase how nearly-zero energy buildings can be transformed into positive energy buildings. Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme over a 4-year period, EXCESS will spearhead four innovative demonstration projects, introducing technical solutions that enable buildings to produce more renewable energy than they consume over the course of a year. By implementing demonstration projects that span across the Nordic, Continental, Oceanic and Mediterranean climate zones, EXCESS seeks to test, validate and share PEB solutions with potential replicability across Europe.

What is the advisory board?

During the EXCESS project we will have 3 advisory board meetings. These meetings are meant as a platform for the project to interact with key stakeholders in the field of positive energy buildings. Before each meeting, a survey is conducted within the project to identify key cross-cutting issues to be addressed during the advisory board meetings. Participating stakeholders will be invited to provide inputs on these issues and will also have the opportunities to learn more about the latest developments in the project and the state of the art in the field of PEBs in Europe. 

The 1st Advisory Board Meeting

Thank you for having joined us for this 1st EXCESS Advisory Board meeting. You can find the slides shown during the sessions below. Click on the links and the slides will be downloaded on your computer.

Session 1 - Welcome and Introduction to the EXCESS Project on Positive Energy Buildings (PEB)

Day 1 - 8th February - 9:00 to 10:00

Learn about how the EXCESS project will show that nearly-zero energy buildings can be transformed into positive energy buildings by integrating a variety of energy saving and production technologies. By working in 4 different climatic zones and different types of buildings (newly constructed vs. renovation, high-end apartments vs. social and student housing) EXCESS aims to produce results that can be valuable input for decision-makers, planners, actors in the building sector, energy providers and authorities across Europe and beyond.


Presentation by Andreas Türk and Francesco Reda, click here to download the slides.

Session 3 - More awareness of PEB = more demand?

Day 1 - 8th February - 14:00 to 15:30

In order to increase the demand for positive energy buildings all over Europe it is important that the relevant actors know about and get the information they need. But is this enough and how should this be done most efficiently? In this session we want to find answers to these questions together with those of you that work in the planning and implementation of construction projects.


Presentation by Alexandra Pfhol, click here to download the slides.

Online Networking Session

Day 1 - 8th February - 17:00 to 18:00

Are you as tired as we are of those online meetings that lack the chance of “coffee machine talk”? If so, join us for this fun session in which you can freely choose which participant(s) you want to have a conversation with. You can meet in pairs or small groups and catch up or develop new ideas together. Or simply chit chat at the end of the working day. Of course, the project team will also be around. It is the perfect way to end an interesting day.

Session 6 - Spotlight on the 4 EXCESS demonstration sites

Day 2 - 9th February - 14:00 to 15:30

No matter if you have joined the live visit to the Belgian demo site during the first day of the event, in this session you will get to know all 4 EXCESS demonstration sites in short flash presentations. The demo site teams will be able to answer your questions, share their firsthand experiences and the challenges they encounter in the first planning and implementation phases.


Presentation by Maria Cantalapiedra (Spanish demo), click here to download the slides.

Presentation by Thomas Ramschack (Austrian demo), click here to download the slides.

Presentation by Ismo Heimonen (Finnish demo), click here to download the slides.

Presentation by Koen Allaerts (Belgian demo), click here to download the slides.

Session 2: How to encourage PEB take-up via smart regulation and incentives?

Day 1 - 8th February - 10:30 to 12:00

The EXCESS project has thoroughly inventorised and assessed successful (and less successful) examples of positive energy buildings across Europe. Join this session to get insights on this research and discuss with us the question of which regulations and incentives need to be established to encourage the roll out of more PEBs across Europe and this should be done. And what is the role of the EU in this endeavor? We do not have all the answers yet would like to share our ideas and to learn from your experiences and viewpoints.


Presentation by Mia Ala-Jussela, click here to download the slides.

Presentation by Andreas Jäger, click here to download the slides.

Session 4 - Live digital visit to the Belgian EXCESS demonstration site

Day 1 - 8th February - 16:00 to 17:00

The Belgium demo site consists of existing multi-story social housing apartment buildings, which have been equipped with two vertical wind turbines and a PVT system on the roofs used for heat generation. In addition, the thermal energy storage will be integrated in system level. Join us for a live digital tour of the Belgium demo site and discuss with us about experiences with the installation and first monitoring results.


Presentation by Koen Allaerts, click here to download the slides.

Session 5 - How to does the market need to develop to reflect the cost pressure in construction?

Day 2 - 9th February - 10:30 to 12:00

Integration of technologies to reduce the cost/ replacement of other materials, Municipal plans as drivers, advanced energy system leads to additional services/increase of revenues and high resiliency.

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