During the General Assembly, the consortium made an overview of the project progress, giving special attention to the review of the finalised activities and tasks. The first part of the discussion focused on the BERTIM prefabricated modules’ specifications and the BERTIM renovation project decision procedure. These results will serve as a basis for further steps aimed at production of the envelope and 3d modules. Moreover, the specifications and the procedure will be implemented in the RenoBIM tool – an innovative solution that will allow seamless integration of the design and manufacturing processes. Therefore, project partners described current progress in production of the modules as well as RenoBIM tool and presented their plans for the future.
The second part of the meeting included presentation on the certification assessment of the BERTIM prefabricated modules that will provide inputs for the detailed design of the BERTIM exploitable results in order to assure that the developed modules will comply with the conditions to achieve the Construct Product Regulation Requirements. Moreover, the initial version of the business plans had been described. As it was emphasized during the discussion two different paths of the BERTIM project commercialization will be considered. The first path assumes that the BERTIM results will be be sold directly by project partners. The second commerciaization path bases on the cooperation of project partners with Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) who will be responsible for the direct selling of the BERTIM solution to end-customers as they provide energy services to final energy users, including the supply and installations of energy efficient equipment and the building refurbishment
Thanks to the courtesy of the POBI partner, the meeting participants had an opportunity to take a look at the process of production of prefabricated modules. The project partners visited POBI factory which is located in La Charité-sur-Loire and were provided with many technical details useful for further development of the BERTIM exploitable results. It is worth noting that the visit has been described in French journal Le JDC which emphasizes that the project team “got a chance to discover the impressive process automation based on so called lean manufacturing: the production management system created by automotive industry and aimed at production of only the bare necessities at the right time and in the most efficient way possible”.
The meeting participants also explored the demonstration building which will be renovated with the use of the BERTIM holistic renovation approach – a special procedure that will include the incorporation of the BERTIM envelope panels and RenoBIM tool in the renovation process Thanks to the commitment of the local government representative and POBI architects, the BERTIM partners could discuss many technical, financial and organizational aspects of the planned renovation. They also visited historic centre of the La Charité-sur-Loire, paying a special attention to the monastery Sainte-Croix-Notre-Dame which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998, as part of the Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France.