Project description

To set up a European‑scale, people‑centric construction industry to create energy-positive and net zero carbon neighbourhoods (Green Building Neighbourhoods – GBNs).

The PROBONO project aims to generate approved solutions for the design, construction and operation of energy positive and net zero carbon neighbourhoods. PROBONO will provide concrete examples that illustrate the implementation of technological and social innovations in Green Building Neighbourhoods (GBNs). These examples of construction infrastructure will focus on putting people and sustainability at the heart of urban spaces by fully harnessing digitalisation and smart technologies.

PROBONO will set forth five areas of intervention for ecological transition of GBNs. They will be deployed in six high-impact living laboratories based on users in six EU Member States: two large-scale demonstrators run by municipalities (Madrid and Dublin), and four living laboratories that represent companies/promoters for GBN transition (Porto, Brussels, Aarhus and Prague). The project includes a European multidisciplinary consortium of 47 partners (construction companies, consultancy firms, public utility managers, municipalities, and providers and experts in IT solutions), working towards transforming six European cities (PROBONO living laboratories) into energy positive and net zero carbon neighbourhoods.

As part of the project’s Work Package 5 (WP5), the Institute for Technological Research (IRT) SystemX will use a digital twin approach for buildings in energy positive and net zero carbon neighbourhoods. Our involvement focuses on two areas: supporting the design of digital twin architecture; and contributing to the decision-support system — the IRT is responsible for enhancing the maturity of the Model Identity Card (standardisation is ongoing). Our goal is to harness the potential of metamodels for the usage of digital twins, and thus integrate heterogenous simulation models for energy, air quality, thermal comfort, etc. Furthermore, we aim to reuse models and simulation data to support decisions of digital twin requests, in particular, assessment of air quality in compliance with comfort standards.

The PROBONO project is funded by the European Union under the Horizon Europe Research and Innovation Program (Grant Agreement No. 101037075).

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Expected results

  • Primary energy savings; 
  • Investments in sustainable energy;
  • Demonstration sites that go beyond energy efficiency of net zero carbon buildings; 
  • High energy efficiency; 
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to near zero; 
  • Reduction of intrinsic energy inside buildings; 
  • Reduction of air pollutants to near zero; 
  • Demonstration of high potential for reproducibility; 
  • Reduction of duration and cost of construction/renovation; 
  • Improved quality of overall indoor environment.

Implemented skills

Data Science and AI
Systems Engineering

Targeted markets

  • Construction industry
  • Municipalities
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Environment and Sustainable Development
European project
Project Status:État du projet : Launched
Industrial partner(s):Partenaire(s) industriel(s) :
Acciona Inlecom Fraunhofer Serco Mott MacDonald Akka Itainnova Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Resallience by Sixence Konnecta Systems Limited VLTN eBos TPF Utilities IBPC Smart Innovation Norway DIN Cartif PNO Innovation Vias Institute Bovlabs STAM Distrito Castellana Norte Municipality of Madrid Soprema COWI De l’Autre Côté de l’Ecoles Telcoserv IDOM Sonae
Academic Partner(s)Partenaire(s) académique(s)
Aarhus University University College Dublin Tecgnical University of Crete Erasmus University Rotterdam Universidade de Santiago de Compostela
Project Manager(s)Cheffe(s) de projet
Henri Sohier


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