PLURAL – PLUG-AND-USE Renovation with Adaptable Lightweight Systems

Project ID: H20 – 958218
Funding provider: European Comission – H2020
Investigator at UCEEB: Ing. Jan Včelák, Ph.D.
Project duration: 1. 10. 2020 – 30. 09. 2024
Partners: National Technical University of Athens – NTUA, Proigmenes Erevnitikes & Diahiristikes Efarmoges, Dimos Varis – Voulas – Vouliagmenis, Fenix TNT s.r.o., Obec Kasava, Bergamo Tecnologie Spzoo, Daikin Airconditioning Hellas SA, Intrasoft International SA, HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Institut de Tecnologia de la Construcció de Catalunya, Pich Aguilera Arquitectos Sl, Fundacio Institut de Recerca de l’Energia de Catalunya, Agència de l’habitatge de Catalunya, ZRS Architeknen Gesellschaft von Architeknen MBH, RECUAIR s.r.o., Denvelops Textiles SL, RD Rýmařov s.r.o.


Reduction of energy consumption and emissions in buildings is vital in meeting the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2030.

The NZEB (Near Zero Energy Building) concept requires a high level of energy efficiency, in combination with on-site renewable energy use/production. NZEB, can be leveraged further by prefabrication of building renovation components which enables improved quality control and shorter renovation times, since it reduces the duration of production and installation phases. Aligning prefabrication to Building Information Modelling (BIM) further facilitates coordination of manufacturing and preassembly (off-site and on-site) and improves engineering and construction management, bringing substantial benefits (time, cost, and quality) to the project owners.

PLURAL proposes an integrated “Plug-and-play” solution meeting the above challenges, that takes into account User needs, which is hence named “Plug-and-Use” – PnU – kits. Key to achieving these goals is to understand how to select and integrate various renewable energy technologies from the many available, incorporate them in prefabricated façade components and optimise their performance for different building types, climates and socio-economic conditions. Also, how to best manufacture them minimising energy use and material waste. All the above in the context of BIM (Building information modelling) process.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 958218