The Building Research Establishment (BRE) - Lead Partner

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

The University of Dublin, Trinity College


The BRE Institute of Sustainable Engineering

Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ)


Stichting Smart Homes

Housing association "de Zaligheden" 




The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HHS)

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) is an independent and impartial, research-based consultancy, testing and training organisation, offering expertise in every aspect of the built environment and associated industries. BRE help clients create better, safer and more sustainable products, buildings, communities and businesses - and support the innovation needed to achieve this.

BRE is home to teams of experts who are among world leaders in built environment research and innovation. Their capacity to generate new knowledge and to support and test new ideas underpins cutting-edge research and innovation services in all areas of the built environment.  Key to our work is the investigation of intelligent building systems and assistive technologies that could revolutionise the provision of health, educational and social programmes.


The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) that was founded in October 2009 as a result of the merger of the University Karlsruhe with the Research Center Karlsruhe bundles the missions of both precursory institutions: a university of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg with teaching and research tasks and a large-scale research institution of the Helmholtz Association conducting program-oriented provident research on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. Within these missions, KIT is operating along the three strategic fields of action of research, teaching, and innovation. The KIT focus on problems of fundamental importance to the existence and further development of our society or on key issues resulting from the striving for knowledge. Main areas of research are Energy, NanoMicro, Elementary Particle and Astroparticle Physics, Climate and Environment and Mobility Systems.



 The University of Dublin, Trinity College was founded in 1592. TCD is recognized internationally and is ranked in the top 100 world universities (49th) and amongst the top 50 European universities (13th).

The contributing group to the project is the Knowledge and Data Engineering Group (KDEG), which is within the School of Computer Science and Statistics. KDEG has established a reputation for developing knowledge driven approaches for management of complex distributed systems with on-going research activities into: model driven engineering tools; visualisation and simulation techniques; user centred and context-driven adaptation; semantic modelling of services, service composition and management information; semantic interoperability; service integration and policy-based management. These techniques have been developed and applied in a number of complex distributed system domains, including for: wireless sensor network management; pervasive/ubiquitous systems management and network and service management.




CETMA is a Research and Technology Organisation (RTO) constituted as a consortium of public research bodies (ENEA and Università del Salento) and private enterprises (D’Appolonia S.p.A., Infobyte S.p.A., Telcom S.p.A., Cemit S.r.l e Igeam S.r.l.).

CETMA, due to its 75 employees, is one of the biggest Italian private research centres in terms of number of employees: the Italian Industrial Census ISTAT 2001 quotes only 35 units with more than 50 employees among 7000 private local units of ATECO 73100 category (Research and Experimental Development in the natural sciences and engineering fields).

CETMA has developed competences in three disciplinary groups (Materials Engineering, Information Technology, Industrial Design). Integrating these skills, puts itself as multidisciplinary centre for products, processes and services innovation in order to foster and support the productive system growing and development and to approach in an effective way the technological development activities.

The CETMA Information Department has improved specific skills on building automation for energy efficiency,on assistive domotic, on mechatronics and developed systems for engineering, design, logistic, transport, knowledge management, virtual reality, data processing, advanced visualization, control and simulation of devices.

CETMA is located at "Cittadella della Ricerca” of Brindisi (Italy) and takes up a 5.000 square metres area with one equipped Materials Technologies Laboratory, one Prototyping Laboratory and one of the biggest Virtual Reality centres at European level.



The BRE Institute of Sustainable Engineering (ISE) is a multidisciplinary research group working on energy and energy related projects.  The vision of ISE is to pave the way to a new generation of digital buildings that have lifelong resilience and adaptability to their environment, usage and occupancy, enabled by:

  • smart materials and products
  • integrated design and manufacturing systems
  • total lifecycle approaches.





Steinbeis-Europa-Zentrum (SEZ) was founded in 1990 as the operational unit of the Commissioner for Europe of Baden-Württemberg's Minister of Economics. With offices in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, its task is to help small and medium sized enterprises and research organisations to get involved in European research projects and to initiate transnational co-operations. It is a partner in the Enterprise Europe Network of the European Commission with close to 600 participating organisations in over 50 countries. The network provides information and advice on EU matters, innovation, research and technology transfer.

SEZ's core activity is to promote European RTD programmes and to support cross-border technology transfer. SEZ has offices in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. The SEZ team is made up of 45 well qualified members of staff. It is also promoting the exploitation of European research results.

SEZ is the National Contact Point for SME for small and medium sized enterprises in Baden-Württemberg. It also provides INTERREG consultancy services on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Economics Baden-Württemberg. At the same time it acts as EU-Contact Point for Universities in Baden-Württemberg. For the benefit of its clients, SEZ is involved in different cooperation networks – in particular the Steinbeis transfer network with more than 850 Steinbeis Enterprises in Baden-Württemberg and beyond and the Enterprise Europe Network with close to 600 participating organisations in over 50 countries.




ISOTROL is a company specialized in engineering services, consulting, information systems and technological support, which operates on three sections: Energy Sector, Water, Industry and Environment Sector, and Public sector.

Andalusian clearly and with more than 25 years, ISOTROL is today a benchmark and a model of innovation in the ICT sector, for its progress and technological contributions, with a strong strategic focus on R&, and an established trac record business collaboration with the University.

Since its inception in 1984, ISOTROL has a strong customer orientation. Currently ISOTROL has over 250 professionals, whose ability to provide solutions allow its positioning in the market, offering spacious levels of expertise, rapid response and flexibility.



Stichting Smart Homes is a non-profit research organisation for smart houses and smart living. The organisation has 15 employees and is fully dedicated to research, demonstration and dissemination in this area. It is based in Eersel, near Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The expert centre carries out applied research projects in its demonstration house (the so-called Smartest House of the Netherlands) and performs demonstration projects with various types of smart technology in real houses with residents. This so-called living lab serves also as a pool for testing new developments. Furthermore, Smart Homes carries out several dissemination activities by continuously developing courses, seminars, congresses and exhibitions. It is also publisher of a bi-monthly magazine on smart living and smart home technology for various professionals (housing associations, installers, etc). In 2000, consulting housing associations, project developers and building companies about how to implement smart houses became part of the activities. Its activities are funded by projects, subsidies from regional and national government, grants and partnerships with industry Via the partnerships with approximately 150 individual companies, belonging to the Smart Homes Partner Community, Smart Homes has close links with industry.

Role:  Project management, Specifications of users and buildings requirements , Integration system solution ,  Global Methodology , Pilot Implementation of the site in NL, and Dissemination




Housing association "de Zaligheden" is active in the councils: Bergeijk, Bladel, Eersel and Reusel-De Mierden. Our activities are directed towards renting, selling and development of housing and social building projects. With 3.500 units, we are the largest housing rental organisation in the Kempen.

We deliver a personal client centred service offering reasonably priced, quality properties. We have a diverse customer base including starters, elderly people, single people and families. We offer independent living units and housing with care facilities.

We have a staff of 40, divided over four departments: housing services, property development, property management and financial administration. The organisation has a two tier management model, with a Managing Director and a supervisory board. The departmental heads and director form the management team and are in charge of the day to day running of the organisation.

Our company mission is to provide demand directed accommodation and property services to the general public and social organisations in the Kempen. Our primary goal is to provide housing for people who are unable to access these facilities due to financial or personal difficulties.



BDigital is a private, non-profit Advanced Technology Centre dedicated to the R&D&I of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) applications on the fields of healthcare, security, mobility and energy, and food and environment. BDigital promotes the growth of ICT sector and business transformation to the new digital society through research and development of new products and services intensive in knowledge and high added value, to improve the competitiveness of the Catalan economy.

Currently, BDigital leads or participates in several research projects with private and public (national and regional) funding. Additionally the staff, both at R&D and management levels, brings with them several years of experience in preparation, coordination, management and successful exploitation of regional, national and European R&D projects. BDigital is encouraged to become a reference technology center in ICT field for Catalan companies, and international reference for its excellence in research and development in specific areas of ICT


Matrix is a recognized company in electronics and innovative  technologies which trusts customers by reliability of establishments and people, flexibility, competitive costs, and quality production.  Matrix provides a wide range of services and products: manufacture and supply of electronic boards,  air conditioned and fully ESD designed working area, electronic assembly of board components with SMT  surface mounting,  connecting components assembly PTH with handmade finishing , wave and reflow welding, check, repair, ICT and functional testing, climatic chamber tests. Further activities are: fast Prototyping, test&production, assembling and testing, electronic products installing and configuration.

Matrix has got an R&D Department skilled in: Sensors Networks, Bio-Telemetry, ICT (Domotics, video surveillance, wireless LAN network and electrosmog), Photovoltaic Technology, WEEE.  Matrix is also an Authorized Research Laboratory by M.U.R. (Ministry of University and Research), It is Listed in European Space Agency supplier data-base and Its production  has been certified by Ministry of Transports. Again, to guarantee the operating system,  Matrix has achieved and keeps  UNI EN ISO 9001/2000 European Certification.        

Matrix takes part in several  Regional, National and International projects.   



Tera is an Italian SME founded by a group of engineers with previous strong experience in industrial and R&D

development projects, at regional, national and also European level.

TERA's expertise is related to the following areas:

  • Electronic systems for wireless sensor networks
  • Electronic energy conversion technologies, in particular for Photovoltaic, Biomass and micro wind systems for the energy supply of small stand alone loads for niche markets like broadcast telecommunications or sailing boat
  • Intelligent LED lighting system
  • ICT systems

TERA is also involved in activities in institutional, associative and cooperation context:

  • “Sustainable building", “Mechanic“  and “Energy” Apulia Region districts
  • Innovation Committee of “Confindustria Apulia” industry association

European Platform Knowledge4Innovation (K4I)



The Hague University of Applied Sciences (HHS) is a higher education establishment in the Netherlands, housing more than 20.000 students and a staff of 1700 people in four different locations. The location in Delft is newly built and equipped with a complex sensor network that gives possibilities to measure energy use and indoor climate quality. The department ‘Facility Management’ that is responsible for the maintenance and management of the building services (heating, cooling and ventilation equipment) and for the quality of the indoor comfort is in search of analysis methods for the large quantity of data that is produced by the system but cannot be analyzed yet. The research group ‘Energy & the built environment’ of de HHS is conducting research in the field of energy management systems and modeling and simulation of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment. Its expertise is combined with the expertise of the academies Facility

Management, ICT & Media and Technique, Innovation and Society for the demonstration phase of this project.