FleXible user-CEntric Energy poSitive houseS

Project: EU project

Project Details


The EXCESS project builds up on nearly-zero-energy multi-storey building (consumption below primary energy threshold) residential concepts of the main 4 EU climatic zones towards Energy fleXible user-CEntric poSitive houseS (EXCESS). EXCESS defines a positive energy building (PEB) as a building that produces more energy than they use, with high RES self-consumption rate (instead of using the grid for solving seasonal balancing issues) over a time span of one year. RES and smart technologies exist, but complete packages for different climates do not. Important technical developments for plus energy building materials and other individual technologies are required to address specific climate related needs in order to meet the PEB level; especially in harsh climates. Integration is needed for upgrading single technologies to be part of a large orchestra enabling also user-context-aware energy flexible services between utilities and customers (selling flexibility). These will unlock additional revenue streams that reduce the lifetime cost of the developed PEB solutions, making them affordable also large portion of the society. Thus, EXCESS will advance new materials, technologies and integrated technological systems (TRL5-7) promoting a user-centric approach (building tenants), capitalized on new ICT opportunities, for optimizing the interplay of local generation, storage, consumption at the building and district level. The demonstration activities in each of the climatic zones (Austria, Belgium, Finland and Spain) will be accompanied by co-innovation, replication and exploitation activities to maximize the project technical, social and economic impact and to prepare for a future market roll out of the PEB concept by also scouting energy efficiency funding opportunities.
Effective start/end date1/09/1929/02/24

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • BAR Vermögensverwaltungs GmbH (Project partner)
  • JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (Project partner) (lead)
  • Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO) (Project partner)
  • NETxAutomation Software GMBH (Project partner)
  • Thomas Schwarzl IT Consulting (Project partner)
  • Prospex Institute (Project partner)
  • Suite5 Data Intelligence Solutions Limited (Project partner)
  • DualSun (Project partner)
  • AEE - Institute for Sustainable Technologies (Project partner)
  • Cordium CVBA (Project partner)
  • CG Soft Ltd (Project partner)
  • u·rb atelier (Project partner)
  • Gebwell Oy (Project partner)
  • Técnicas Para la Restauración y Construcciones SA (Project partner)
  • National Renewable Energy Centre (CENER) (Project partner)
  • ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (Project partner)
  • Basso Building Systems Oy (Project partner)
  • Andalusian Energy Agency (Project partner)
  • Ab Muovitech Finland Oy (Project partner)
  • Tom Allen Senera Oy (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • H2020-NMBP-EEB-2019
  • Building design