Scope of the project

MaTrID aims at supporting the implementation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings by 2020. In this context the building design phase is of particular importance. Integrated Design (ID) in general is a valuable approach to reduce the complexity of the design process and facilitates the interactions between the members of the design team. ID allows them to provide the best solution for the whole building. It is not limited to energy efficiency and goes beyond this issue. The greatest benefits are provided only if applied in the earliest stages of the project, when changes to the design are still easy to implement. The benefit of EU collaboration is to cross-pollinate best practices among leading European countries (including clients, private industry, etc.). Knowledge transfer among Europe and various actors is the main benefit of MaTrID. For detailed information please visit

Recent developments

The project has been running for 25 months and now is at the final stage. Considerable milestones were accomplished. (i) The project team has developed an ID tool-kit, which are process guidelines adapted to national level. The procedure ties up with outcomes of the “Intend”-project ( It explains why ID is of particular importance and what it is in general. It highlights the ID process step by step. In doing so, special emphasis lies with “goal setting” and the clients. Moreover, it describes the interactions with certificates like BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, etc. In the appendix in-depth information on the client brief, contractual models and remunerations models can be found. (ii) Also a draft version of an evaluation tool has been developed. This tool is crucial to keep track on recent activities. On this basis policy recommendations have also been given with a sustainable impact beyond the scope of this project. (iii) Pilot projects have been accompanied by project partners in each respective country focusing on non-residential buildings. Every country has documented at least one pilot project ranging from 300 m² up to 10,000 m². Depending on the degree of involvement in the design process the respective partner makes useful contributions. Outcomes and key findings will soon be disseminated. (iv) In cooperation with the Green Building Programme a special ID-award was granted on April 1st 2014 at the 8th International Conference Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings (IEECB’14) in Frankfurt. For this purpose the whole MaTrID project team motivated key actors for active participation and provided guidance. More details can be found on the updated project webpage  

Indicative impact and recommendation on data availability

ID leads to a better energy performance compared to a conventional design process. In the case of major refurbishment of large multifamily residential buildings the quality impact is estimated to be 20% (final energy demand lower by 20%). For the case of new construction of multifamily buildings the quality impact is assumed to be 40%. For service buildings refurbishment the impact is assumed to be 30% and for new construction of service buildings we assume a quality impact of 50%. With respect to renewable energy we assume that ID leads to a better integration of renewables into the design concept of the building and thus to a higher “coverage ratio” of renewables. As refers to IEE projects aiming at the improvement of energy efficiency in the building sector, a major source of uncertainty in performance indicators calculations is the basic data on building stock and heating/cooling markets, which is not easily available for EU-27. We therefore recommend to make a basic set of statistical data available for EU-27, including among others the following data: building stock for different building segments (single family houses, multifamily houses, service buildings, potentially with further disaggregation, preferably in m²), data on construction activity (annual new construction, renovation rates, etc.), data on the average mix of energy carriers differentiated for different building segments.

Written by Stefan Amann and Klemens Leutgöb, e7 Energie Markt Analyse GmbH, Austria, Theoni Karlessi, Group of Building Environmental Studies, NKUA, Greece






Workshops on Integrated Design Policies, Recommendations and Lessons Learnt:

25 September 2014: AIVC Conference, Poznan, Poland

26 November 2014: MaTrID meeting, Vienna, Austria (invitation will soon be distributed)

For more information please visit the project’s website!

Legal disclaimer IEE

The MaTrID project is supported by the European Commission in the Intelligent Energy for Europe Programme. The sole responsibility for the content of this publication lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EACI nor the European Commission is responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein. The MaTrID project duration is from June 19, 2012 – December 18, 2014 (Contract Number: IEE/11/989/SI2.615952).

Contact details

Klemens Leutgöb or Stefan Amann

e7 Energie Markt Analyse GmbH

Theresianumgasse 7/1/8,

1040 Vienna, Austria  and

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