(1.8.2011 - 1.3.2013)

Research contents:

The utilization of innovative eco efficient solutions requires new business models and service concepts. Value creation via performance driven design and networking, services and business integration implies an important possibility for new businesses. Moreover, the development of future communities requires a paradigm change in the course of fast urbanization in China.

WP5 focuses on development of innovative scenarios, decision making tool, financial instruments and business models. Three scenarios will be created to model the possible development of the markets. Business as Usual (BAU) assumes that the present practices continue in future, its purpose is mainly to serve as a baseline to which other scenarios are compared. Two scenarios with major changes in the markets are developed: Gradual Development (GD) and Paradigm Change (PC). In Gradual Development, innovative eco efficient solutions are adopted in a rapid succession to reach NetZero energy consumption in most new buildings in China. In Paradigm Change the markets adopt best available new technologies immediately in all new and renovated buildings to achieve technical maximum reductions as fast as possible.

New business solutions for EESCU benefits from results of VTT's ongoing international work in this domain, such as the Sustainable Renovation Joint Nordic Call projects SURE (sustainable procurement guidelines), Success Families (service concepts for individual housing) and Mecoren (sustainable renovation impacts) or FP7 project SUSREF (facade renovation) and OneStopShop project of Eracobuild program (a special renovation program). In addition, there are important FP7 activities that are not specifically focused on renovation, but contribute to EESCU, e.g. Perfection and SuPerBuildings.


  • Concepts for new services and integrated services to and by various stakeholders e.g. customized information provision, operation guidance, remote monitoring and control.

  • New business models for contracting, financing and value chain/network management

  • Joint/networked business solutions and concept including new type of co-operation with municipalities.

  • LCA results of different eco efficient solutions

  • Make a decision making tool regarding economic and technologies

  • In addition, effort will be also put on the evaluation of LCA, procurement method ( is based on the evaluation of LCA), design processes and decision making


The results of WP5 will include the innovative business solutions for the implementation of eco efficient solutions; analysis of each eco efficient solutions using standardized LCA method with present state-of-the-art instruction of LCA tools; energy benefits coefficient of performance for different systems; economic performance comparison of different strategies described in WP1, WP2, WP3 and WP4. Moreover, the cost evaluation guidelines will be prepared to access the implementation of low exergy energy system.


D5.1: Report on business solutions for eco efficient solutions (31.01.2012)

D5.2: Report on the development of decision making tool (1.8.2012)

D5.3: Report on LCA results of different eco efficient solutions (1.3.2013)

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