Over the summer of 2017, HIT2GAP partners reached out to a potential stakeholder in Spain, "Altune y Uria" which is a construction company based in the Basque Country. The remit of Altuna y Uria is relatively broad - they are developers, builders and producers/providers and therefore could include a solution such as HIT2GAP as part of their business offerings. During the meeting with Altuna y Uria, HIT2GAP's IK4-Tekniker presented the project and explained their own contribution to it. This raised various discussions including some that were specially related to the TRL (Technology Readiness Level) of the HIT2GAP solution and the current state of the project.
A teleconference with international stakeholders was held on 30 June 2017. This teleconference involved partners from HIT2GAP, including R2M, Nobatek and BRE, plus external participants, including representatives from Promodul and Università Politecnica delle Marche (UNIVPM). HIT2GAP partners introduced the external partners to the principles behind the project, including the roles of the various partners, the key modules and proposed business models. Different business models were discussed, including B2B and B2C and options for promoting the project and raising market awareness were also discussed.
Participants provided useful comments and feedback, including the following:
- In practice, comfort parameters are specified by building users, therefore comfort comes before energy The demands stipulated by the user, however, might affect our definition of the 'gap'.
- The main end users are considered to be building owners, facilities managers, ESCOs, EE consultants and BMS providers.
- Openware does not always fit well with ESCOs and our exploitation plans might need to be adapted to take account of this.
- Market leaders will be reluctant to engage with a shared data system, but some companies other than market leaders might be more willing to accept a system of this type.
- Collecting data is expensive because of the cost of the data collection equipment. For this reason, we might wish to limit the number of data input parameters.
- National stakeholder groups could benefit from more input from facilities managers.