PERFORMER celebrates Sustainable Places Conference
In the last week of June 2017, PERFORMER project team celebrated the 5th Sustainable Places annual conference. The event was held in Middlesbrough UK from 28th-30th June 2017 at Teesside University.
The conference aims to gather scientists, researchers, and engineers from research institutes and the industry, around the challenge of ensuring the long-term environmental sustainability of ever-growing, densifying urban areas, in a resource-constrained world. The conference focusses on innovations in the converged sectors of Energy-efficient Buildings and smart grid technologies, with focus on the impact of Information & Communications Technologies on Distributed Energy Resources penetration, to create, foster, and strengthen viable market pathways.
PERFORMER were a main sponsor of the SP2017 conference, which was organised by R2M solutions on the project’s behalf. The majority of consortium partners were present at the conference, namely SMS, Cardiff University, BRE, Cardiff City Council, CSTB, CEA, ASM and Dragados.
The Sustainable Places conference offered an ideal opportunity to consult on the tools developed by PERFORMER with the external stakeholders in attendance and gain their useful insight on the likely market perception of project developments.
Due to this fact, it was decided to organize a project workshop as part of the conference. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the perceived market appetite for the project’s exploitable results with external stakeholders and to capture any recommendations that could further strengthen the PERFORMER solution going forward.
The workshop was attended by 20 participants (PERFORMER team members, additional company representatives from partner organisations, as well as members of the project’s Special Interest Group constituted of external experts interested in project results).
Presentations were given to show the nature and format of the most recent results obtained from the pilot sites by CSTB. Potential implementation considerations and replication issues were then presented by BRE for further discussion with the industry representatives. Open discussions followed each section.
The workshop session was used to assess the value of the PERFORMER solution’s differentiating features to the market. Feedback from the SIG members was extremely useful and indicates that there is real market potential for the tools being developed. They also provided some suggestions of how the tools and visuals could be improved further and how different ‘levels’ of offering could provide flexibility in market deployment.
The recommendations gathered during the workshop will be used and adapted by the PERFORMER partners to address specific business scenarios and applications of the various tools and functions.
Photos from the workshop
More information on the Sustainable Places conference is available here.