On 11 May, the HIT2GAP consortium met with H2020 in Brussels to review progress. The H2020 Project Officer praised the quality of the reports that were coming out of the project.
Among the items that were discussed at the review meeting were the platform design, the associated data-treatment modules, the pilot sites, future exploitation of the new technology, and dissemination. Each of the data treatment modules were discussed in turn, namely 'data collection', 'calibrated simulation', 'behaviour modelling', 'fault detection & diagnosis', 'forecasting', 'energy management' and 'visualisation'.
Progress on the pilot sites in France, Spain, Ireland and Poland was presented at the meeting. These four sites are being uesd to trial the platform and modules in real-life settings , but it was noted that keeping to the timescales of the field trials will be critical to the success/impact of the project. It is envisaged that the pilot studies will ultimately provide valuable feedback on costs.
The Project Officer posed a general question to the consortium regarding the ultimate applicability of the HIT2GAP solution: Could it be used at the construction phase of a building? The answer from the consortium was - The HIT2GAP solution is tailored to the operational phase of buildings but some of its modules could create a positive loop towards the design phase as well, as these modules bring useful information on the parameters impacting most on the energy performance gap. A question was also raised regarding cost functionalities. The consortium clarified that running costs are included in the data used within HIT2GAP and that some of the modules include running cost-related information.
With regard to exploitation, a need was identified to sound out the market in order to identify potential users and clients. Going forward, another priority for the project will be to consider governance of the platform and the management of the 'apps store'. The project was also asked by the H2020 Project Officer to consider the security and the protection of sensitive data and to consider a cost-benefit analysis of HIT2GAP deployments, including within this cost-benefit analysis the capital costs of the sensors.