SMARTeeSTORY: Transforming historic buildings into sustainable digital landmarks

project partners meeting in Genoa
Rosa Fernández, Marketing Manager at Cuerva
Press Release June 1, 2023
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The European SMARTeeSTORY project is transforming historic buildings into climate-neutral smartification landmarks.

Thirteen partners from six countries gathered in Genoa, Italy, to kickstart the four-year project funded by Horizon Europe.


Granada, 01/06/2023. The 13 European partners of SMARTeeSTORY met in Genoa, Italy, on 22 and 23 May 2023 to launch their four-year project funded by Horizon Europe. The meeting provided the consortium with an opportunity to introduce themselves, discuss goals and establish a roadmap for successful completion of the project. 

SMARTeeSTORY accelerates the digital transformation of non-residential historic buildings in Latvia, the Netherlands and Spain. The project is working to convert local historic monuments into climate-neutral buildings while preserving their unique identity by a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy sources and digital and smart technologies.

Historic buildings are significant landmarks in European cities. They play a crucial role in showcasing the benefits of the ecological and digital transition to society in general. However, their high energy consumption and challenging refurbishment requirements demand a specific approach. SMARTeeSTORY, therefore, applies a replicable, customisable technological infrastructure to maximise energy efficiency and occupant well-being based on the unique features and potential of historic buildings.

“To achieve the best results, SMARTeeSTORY demonstrates the proposed digital solutions in three real demonstration sites located in different climatic regions where energy renovation is not an option. We will compile and share the lessons learned to further digitalise historic buildings in the future, throughout Europe and beyond” declares Matteo Porta of RINA-C, the project coordinator.

SMARTeeSTORY actively promotes know-how and best practice exchange among stakeholders including building owners, energy service companies and public authorities. To do so, the project will organise workshops, on-site visits, training sessions and networking events to foster collaboration and know-how exchange between related initiatives, projects and external target groups.

Cuerva's role in this project is crucial. We are in charge of reforming an area of a 16th-century historic building in accordance with current energy efficiency and automation needs while respecting its history and heritage. The selected building is the Higher Court of Justice of Andalusia, the former headquarters of the Chancellery founded by the so-called Catholic Monarchs. Due to strict aesthetic constraints, modernising the energy management system will be based on specific solutions designed and implemented by the appropriate project partners.

The SMARTeeSTORY consortium consists of the following members:

RINA CONSULTING S.P.A., Italy

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION, Spain

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT, Netherlands

RIGA ENERGY AGENCY, Latvia

RIGAS TEHNISKA UNIVERSITATE S.P.A., Latvia

PELLINI S.P.A., Italy

AGENCIA ANDALUZA DE LA ENERGIA, Spain

CUERVA ENERGIA S.L.U., Spain

FUNDACION CARTIF, Spain

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC S.P.A., Italy

EXUS SOFTWARE MONOPROSOPI ETAIRIA PERIORISMENIS EVTHINIS, Greece

TERA S.R.L., Italy

STEINBEIS INNOVATION GGMBH, Germany

Project Coordinator:

Matteo Porta, RINA-C

matteo.porta@rina.org 

Press Contact:

Bettina Remmele, Steinbeis Innovation gGmbH

bettina.remmele@steinbeis-europa.de

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About the author

Rosa Fernández, Marketing Manager at Cuerva
Rosa joined Cuerva in August 2021 to lead and develop the brand-new Marketing department. She holds a Master's degree in International Marketing Management from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan and a degree in Translation and Interpreting from the University of Granada. With this multi-skilled approach, she is responsible for the strategy and development of marketing, branding, and communication actions for all Cuerva's business areas. Before joining the energy company, she has great experience in large, fast-pased multinational companies. She worked as Branding and Marketing Executive for Shell Italia in Milan and for the UK standards body, British Standards Institution, as Marketing Coordinator, for the Spanish and Italian markets, developing a wide range of global campaigns. E-mail: marketing@cuervaenergia.com
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