Project Results

The HAPPEN methodology is based on a Background Work aimed to produce once-for-all basic outputs and aimed to integrate the deep energy retrofit markets of the EU Med area; such outputs are being tested through the HAPPEN pilot sites and living labs, and will be operated and exploited through the HAPPEN platform.

Below you can find the publishable results of our project activities.

Work Package 1 – Management

D1.1 Strategic Action Plan

This document represents the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) for the Project HAPPEN. The aim of this deliverable is to form the basis for monitoring and controlling progress throughout the implementation period of the action. The SAP’s analysis and information will cover the following aspects of the Project:
• interim and final targets based on time, cost and technical criteria
• description of the control procedures and processes
• identification of risks, risk analysis, risk‐management plan and quality assurance plan
• milestones, in order to identify progress towards and/or deviations from the planned activities
• sources of possible future problems
• information about all planned communication and publicity about the action, etc.
It includes the internal governance flows, communication channels and methods, as well as the standard procedures of the reporting to all relevant Consortium bodies and to the EC. It also includes the Quality and Risk Management Plan. It is meant as guideline for the management of project and running of its activities and should be used by the Project Coordinator and all Project partners..

D1.2 Monitoring and evaluation Plan


This document represents the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (MEP) for the Project HAPPEN. The aim of the MEP is to manage the Project and track its progress with respect to the Strategic Action Plan (SAP), as well as to plan and undertake corrective actions and changes. 
The Plan is structured into the following Chapters: Chapter 1 describes briefly the HAPPEN Project and the purpose and scope of MEP. Chapter 2 describes the methodological approach used to set up the MEP. Chapter 3 analyses the monitoring activity, the types of indicators that will be used and tools for tracking information. Chapter 4 focuses on the evaluation activity. Chapter 5 describes the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) matrix. Chapter 6 identifies roles in the Project and their specific responsibilities for monitoring and evaluation process.
The Methodology adopted by HAPPEN to perform the Monitoring and Evaluation activities is based on a self-assessment. HAPPEN staff constantly monitors its activities and functioning, and this is ensured by the Management structure of the Project as described in the Strategic Action Plan. The MEP will be carried out through combined use of two types of indicators: process indicators and result indicators.
The aspects of the Project that will be monitored, analysed and evaluated are the following: 1. the technical performance; 2. the time-schedule performance and 3. The cost performance of the Project. For each of the above listed categories, several indicators and monitoring and evaluation tools are identified. All tools used for the monitoring and evaluation of the Project are part of the Strategic Action Plan (D1.1) approved by the Steering Committee (SC). In this document these tools/reports are recalled and briefly described.
The phase of evaluation process will contribute to improve decision making and management, by keeping the Project on track towards achieving the outcomes and development objectives and by integrating lessons learnt into planning.
The core part of the plan is characterized by the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) matrix, a participatory tool, which describes how the whole M&E system for the Project works. The M&E matrix is structured as a “living” document to be updated periodically on the basis of the information collected throughout the implementation phase.
Finally, the document identifies the main roles in the Project and their specific responsibilities for monitoring and evaluation activities. These may include collecting data, checking data, conducting analysis, reviewing reports, making decisions based on the data..

D1.4 Data Management Plan – Final


According to the Guidelines on Open access to Scientific Publications and Research Data for projects funded or co-funded under Horizon 2020, Europe 2020 strategy underlines the central role of knowledge and innovation in growth generation. For these reasons the European Union strives to improve access to scientific information and to boost the benefits of public investment in the research funded under the EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020.
The present document constitutes the Deliverable D1.3 Data Management Plan – First Batch for the HAPPEN project, derived from the Task T1.3 activities of work package WP1. The Data Management Plan (DMP) identifies the results that should be subject of HAPPEN dissemination and exploitation and analyses the main data uses and users and explores the restrictions related to IPR according with the Consortium Agreement, defining the data assurance processes that are to be applied during and after the completion of the project.
This document is prepared in compliance with the template provided by the Commission in the Annex 1 of the “Guidelines on Data Management in Horizon 2020“.
Related to this document a specific annex has been produced: Annex – Guidelines on ethics, data and privacy protection..

Work Package 2 – Engagement & Training Strategy

D2.1 Manual on engagement and training strategy

The report is intended as a guiding manual for pilot leaders and all project partners to harmonize on cultural premises and operative guidelines related to the development of the Living Labs in pilot projects, including the engagement strategy to be implemented for the widest outreach of the HAPPEN contents. First part of the report is an overview of the Living Lab methodology and its application from a theoretical point of view; the European context in which Living Labs have been developed and some final interesting case studies to have in mind as benchmarks for pilot implementation. The second part of the report is related to application of the Living Lab methodology within the HAPPEN pilots; how to customize the methodology in terms of goals, environment, co-design approaches and Living Lab pilot team creation, both in Frontrunner and Thematic/Perspective Pilot.

D2.2 Internal training for Pilot leaders, Living Lab facilitators and Living Lab trainers

This document provides the training contents to be adopted in the HAPPEN pilots for the preliminary training of the Pilot Leaders, as well as the facilitators and the trainers who will accompany the Living Labs, on the expected implementation path of the pilot projects, in order to guarantee coherence and homogeneity to all the HAPPEN pilots.

D2.3 Material for general training in Living Labs and for on-line training modules

This document provides a summary with the index of the training contents to be adopted in the HAPPEN pilots for the general training of the living labs and online training on the expected implementation path of the pilot projects, in order to guarantee coherence and homogeneity to all the HAPPEN pilots..

D2.4 Material for MedZEB vertical training in Living Labs

This document provides the contents related to the vertical (specialized) training to be carried out in the second part of the Living Labs, in order to guarantee coherence and homogeneity to all the HAPPEN pilots. Such vertical training is aimed to incubate the creation of the local supply chains (LCSs) on the basis of the MedZEB protocol, in view of the design, realization and monitoring of the retrofitting works within the Pilots.

Work Package 3 – Optimal Solutions

D3.1 Report on representative climates and zoning

This deliverable has two main objectives. The first one is the climatic zoning and identification of representative climates in MED Area using the CSI methodology. The second one is to classify the MedZEB pilot areas in more detailed subcategories, using the effect of land use, and to evaluate the effects that future climate change scenarios would have on the energy consumption of the retrofitted MedZEB buildings.

D3.2 Catalogue of reference buildings classes in Mediterranean countries

This report presents key data concerning the general features of residential buildings in HAPPEN project’s involved countries and the identification of reference buildings for a future cost/benefit analysis.
This report aims at collecting and analysing, as much as possible, the residential building stocks in countries addressed in the HAPPEN project (Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia, Spain and France). Starting from previous EU projects as well as regional studies and experts’ knowledge, each partner collected and analysed data concerning the general features for heating, DHW, cooling, construction and geometrical details referred to all types of residential buildings.
In order to perform a co-ordinated analysis of the residential building stock, a specific procedure was followed. The main indicators for statistical analysis of the building stock were proposed and a methodology for defining reference buildings was presented. Based on the defined methodology, national data were collected and analysed for the seven participant countries.
The results of the analysis define six different reference buildings in each country. Moreover, through a cross-country comparison of the obtained data, the most representative buildings were identified, after grouping the buildings in different classes to which the same approach for the renovation/refurbishment can be applied (e.g. building use, size, and energy performance).

D3.3 Abacus of “renovation measures” at building and district scale

The aim of this Deliverable is to provide integrated alternative/complementary Renovation Measures synthesized into a “Renovation Measures” Abacus/Matrix. These “integrated Renovation Measures” will be assembled with a holistic approach, considering country-specific peculiarities, combined actions on the building envelope, technological systems and facilities, Renewable Energy Sources integration, behavioural measures and also measures that can be applied at urban or district scale and are not specifically designed for buildings in order to maximize the impact of the overall intervention. Starting from the introduction in which the main aim and objective of the document are described, a brief literature survey is provided. On the basis of the available literature results, the HAPPEN Approach employed to conceive the Abacus of Renovation Measures is described and the identification of the best available technologies to be applied for renovation measures is carried out. Then, the optimization of the Abacus, in different steps, by taking into account all the Partners’ Contributions is shown. Finally, the methodology to be applied for the construction of the Abacus of the renovation measures is completed by providing the description of the approach used to gather the renovation measures in solutions and then in packages of solutions. In the final remarks, the main outcomes of the analysis are reported and the next steps for the future work are described.

D3.4 Report on optimal packages of solutions

The aim of this Deliverable is to provide the definition of an extensive set of cost-optimal packages of solutions to be applied to refurbish the existing building stock of buildings with reference to the different target building typologies and climates. A total of 16 packages of optimal solutions have been identified for 4 reference buildings and 4 reference climates in the Mediterranean Region. Each one of these solutions is composed of 12 combinations of renovation measures that minimize the Life Cycle Cost of the building in a 30 years of time period. The renovations measures and their respective costs have been selected from the abacus which was the main result of the task 3.2 and was reported in the deliverable D3.3. The set of 16 packages of optimal solution have been validated for the rest of reference buildings (42) and climates (13) combinations, providing a total of 546 cases where the POS have been proven to perform properly. Alternative packages of optimal solutions depending on the inhabitant’s use of the building and the orientation of the windows and façades are provided as well. In order to make the process of renovation more affordable, a step-by-step approach has been proposed. This consists in splitting the package of optimal solutions in two, proposing a set of measures to be implemented in a first step and another set of measures in a second step; the improvements in the HVAC and DHW are always taken into account in the third and last step. Finally, a methodology for including the Excel files that have been used for creating the POS is proposed in order to give to a potential advance user of the HAPPEN platform the possibility of modify some parameters like energy source, energy prices, conversion factors, cost of the renovation measures, and create a tailored POS.

Work Package 4 – Finance and Regulations

D4.1 Report on regulatory framework and incentive systems in the Mediterranean countries

The aim of this Deliverable is to provide an in-depth analysis of the different national policies aimed at supporting and promoting energy efficiency in buildings. Firstly, the European regulatory framework regarding the energy efficiency policies in buildings is presented, by focusing on the EPBD Directive, on the EED Directive. Then, an overview of the main instruments to incentivize the energy efficiency in building renovation is provided, by distinguishing between the consolidated and innovative systems. Furtherly, the regulatory framework and the incentive systems for each MED Country, taking part to the present Project, is revised. In the final remarks, the importance of the analysis carried out in the present document is underlined and suggestions for improving energy efficiency and achieve the binding EU targets are provided.

D4.2 Catalogue of reference financial solutions

This deliverable identifies those mechanisms and products that currently exist (or can be improved) in Europe that could represent optimal solutions for financing innovative interventions in order to enhance the energy saving process.
The current paper starts with a brief introduction of the deliverable, focusing on the explanation of its main objectives as well as the relation with other HAPPEN’s documents and a short description of the deliverable’s structure.
The second part contains the Financial Analysis of the proposed financial solutions. This part represents the core of the deliverable and will explain with a higher level of detail some of the most important aspects of these financial solutions in order to provide a clear understanding of what are the possible financing alternatives.
The Financial Analysis will start with a short description of the method used to construct and implement the analysis, followed by the description of each identified financial product.
The final part of the Financial Analysis will describe the Cluster Study that was ran in order to develop a comparative examination between the overall financial solutions. The objective of this kind of analysis is the identification of the similarities among different types of financing resources in the MED Europe zone. The analysis was implemented by taking into account the main specifications of each financial solution and by creating groups according to each financial solution’s item. This Analysis was developed for each specifications and each country involved in the project.

D4.3 Report innovative financial solutions

This deliverable identifies the optimal financial solutions to support deep retrofitting processes in order to improve the energy optimization, integrating mechanisms and products that currently exist and are in use in Europe with completely innovative ones.
The first half of the document presents a brief introduction of the deliverable, focusing on the explanation of its main objectives, as well as on its relationship with the other HAPPEN documents, mainly of Task 4, and a brief description of the structure of the deliverable.
The second half of the document contains a catalogue of the innovative financial solutions identified, a description of the optimal solution proposed by the Happen Consortium and their financial analysis in detail. This analysis was conducted taking into account the main specifications of the reference financial solutions described in deliverable 4.2 for each country involved in the project. This portion represents the core of deliverable D4.3 and will explain in deeper details some of the most important aspects of the financial solutions in order to provide a clear understanding of which possible financing options are available to be proposed to banks. The last chapters of the document will summarize the technical framework in which the financial analysis conducted fits, giving ulterior insight for the implementation of the optimal solution and a general description of the European fiscal context and that of partner countries.

D4.5 MedZEB certification scheme outline

The aim of this Deliverable is to provide a preliminary outline of the Voluntary certification scheme, embedded and conceived within the Med-ZEB Protocol. For this purpose, a comprehensive review of the existing voluntary initiatives has been carried out. Then, a set of key performance indicators devoted at the evaluation of the energetic and “non-energetic aspects” is presented and a preliminary way to assess the achievement of a certain renovation level is provided.

D4.6 MedZEB protocol – First Batch

The aim of this deliverable is to provide a preliminary outline and structure of the MedZEB protocol. For this purpose, a first definition of the Protocol as well a list of its constitutive elements have been provided. Further developments are planned in the future in the framework of the design the MedZEB Protocol in order to allow the Protocol to be applied in all the Partner Countries.

Work Package 5 – Integrated Platform

D5.1 Analysis report on reviewed Software Development Toolkit, pieces of software and modules

This document is an accurate analysis report of the review carried out on all ICT technologies on which the HAPPEN platform will be based.
The aim of the report is twofold: 1) gathering a list of technical requirements and functional [expand title=” Desiderata by all Project Partners relating to the tasks they are responsible for; 2) displaying the results of the preparatory analysis of existing software solutions to be capitalised on.
The analysis report covers the following aspects:
Introductory description of the questionnaire used to gather the initial information on technologies which could potentially be exploited for the HAPPEN platform development;
presentation of the questionnaire results;
overview of each technology emerged from the questionnaire;
overview of the technical requirements and foreseen functionalities emerged from the questionnaire.
This report is meant as a state of the art on the technologies that could be leveraged for the development of the services offered by the HAPPEN platform. Moreover, an initial requirement gathering activity has been carried out.

D5.2 Report on HAPPEN platform’s first prototype

This deliverable describes the structure, sections and functionalities implemented in the first HAPPEN platform prototype. After a description of the platform’s overall organization, each section is then presented together with screenshots.

D5.3 Living Lab’s requirements report and integration guidelines

This deliverable describes the structure, sections and functionalities implemented in the first HAPPEN platform prototype. After a description of the platform’s overall organization, each section is then presented together with screenshots.

Work Package 6 – Pilot Actions

D6.1 Pilot Operative Plans

The Deliverable is aimed at collecting state-of-the art information about the HAPPEN pilot projects, with reference to both frontrunners and thematic/perspective ones. In particular, the Deliverable answers to the exigency of describing the publishable information of the pilot case studies in a more comprehensive and organized way with respect to the limits allowed by the proposal form, in order to get a higher level of comparability, to facilitate monitoring actions, and to collect further stimulus from the pilot partners to the HAPPEN consortium. Furthermore, the Deliverable constitutes the background for drafting the Living Lab Agenda in each pilot site, allowing for a smoother interaction between pilot partners and pilot coordination partners (WP leader + Lead Partner). To this extent, it must be specified that such LL Agenda, foreseen at Chapter 6 of the Deliverable template, will be filled in only after that Del 2.1 “Manual on Engagement and Training Strategy – Living Lab Methodology” will be delivered to partners, and that the related inner training session will be carried out.

Work Package 7 – Communication, Dissemination, Exploitation

D7.1 Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation Plan and Life Exploitation Strategy - First batch

Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation (hereafter CDE) are a key component of the HAPPEN project, as they contribute to engage with the audiences targeted by the project’s actions. The First batch of the CDE Plan aims to identify and organize the CDE activities throughout the HAPPEN project.
This document sets out the CDE objectives, target audiences and key messages, and identifies the key CDE activities to fulfil the objectives. In the final section, the CDE plan summarises the actions taken at the project level to manage and monitor the CDE activities.
This First batch will be completed with a draft Exploitation plan from Month 18 of the HAPPEN project. At Month 33, a second (and final) batch of the CDE Plan will be developed.

D7.3 Pre-campaign Database (partners + Letter of Support leads)

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), had a strong impact in our way of collecting data for the common data base (deliverable 7.3)
In May and June, we have worked together with the CNR team and their law specialists, to propose to all partners a way of work compatible with the law.
We produced a common consent form and we proposed the flowing procedure to all partners:
Every partner sends a mail to its contacts explaining shortly the project and inviting them to give their consent to receive information on Happen Project;
Readers will be able to click on a link opening an on line consent form.
You will find attached the consent content validate by the law specialists of CNR in English:
Every partner needs to complete the parts underlined in yellow (it is compulsory), translate the form in his language and prepare a consent form on line in his language;
Every partner sends the mail (including the link for the consent form) to its contacts by the 29th of June;
Once the consents have been collected, every partner need to fill out our data base.

D7.4 Articles and publications, e-Pills Video, Newsletters - First batch

This document presents a first cumulative report of the HAPPEN project’s communication activities at local and general level. It provides an overview of the press releases, articles and thematic/scientific publications produced and of the web and social media communication carried out by the project itself and by its partners. In addition, it reports on the production of the E-Pills videos and on the Newsletter.
This first batch of the document is fed with the information provided quarterly by the partners to the Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation (CDE) leader. It will be completed by the second batch, due by Month 36 of the HAPPEN project.

D7.7 Dissemination, workshop/meetings reports – First batch

>This document provides a first cumulative report on the dissemination activities carried out by the HAPPEN partners, through the participation to public events, the organisation of dedicated events and the publication of thematic papers.
The present report illustrates the implementation of the above mentioned activities from the beginning of the project until September 2019. The information provided in the document is based on the quarterly reports gathered from the HAPPEN partners by the Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation (CDE) leader.
At Month 36 of the project, it will be completed by a second (and final) batch, which will provide a final overview of dissemination activities and their evaluation.

D7.9 Sustainability plan – First batch

The first batch of the HAPPEN Sustainability Plan aims at providing an initial overview of the Business Model that will be adopted to ensure the economic sustainability of the HAPPEN programme, after the project finalisation.
For this purpose, this document uses the Business Model Canvas to describe how the outputs of the HAPPEN project would be maintained and introduced in the market.
By Month 36 of the HAPPEN project, the Sustainability Plan will be tested and completed with a description of the Governance system and of the actions to be undertaken after the project finalization for reaching the maximum uptake of the project results. In its final version, the plan will also comprehend a marketing strategy for the capillary diffusion of the HAPPEN platform throughout the Mediterranean space.