The University of Udine (UNIUD) is a state university. Founded in 1978, it has 15,414 students enrolled, 678 professors and researchers, in addition to 148 research fellows. Research is carried out and co-ordinated by 9 departments and 9 research centres supported by a central administrative office. UNIUD has been a partner in many European research projects (6 HORIZON 2020, 38 FP7, 20 international projects, 32 territorial co-operation projects). UNIUD is supported by its organisational structure, with staff having competences in administrative, economic, legal and planning matters. Research projects are designed and developed together with the Services Department for Research and Technology Transfer, with the Central Administration and the Research Support Offices reporting to specific departments. The staff involved in the IDEE project is primarily from UNIUD’s DPIA – Polytechnic Department of Engineering and Architecture and has the professional know-how and skills required to plan and model energy systems. They have participated in international projects on energy efficiency for industry and commerce (FP7 CommONEnergy, Interreg CEEM and BREF) and have conducted research on district heating and cooling which supported the implementation of the region’s first district heating network at the Hospital of Udine. The researchers involved are also engaged in teaching activities and scientific research in the field of energy design and planning. The operating income stated in the 2015 financial report of the University of Udine amounted to 131M€, compared to 132M€ stated in 2014. The Ordinary Structural Financing Fund allocated by the State to the University of Udine was 73.5M€ in 2015 and 74.7M€ in 2014. The profit for the year was 6.6M€ in 2015 and 6.2M€ in 2014.

The facility boasts years of experience in the design of and participation in regional, national and European projects. Its staff is highly qualified and trained to manage all the different stages of a project, from co-ordinating and supervising project activities, to reporting on expenditure and the promotion and dissemination of the results achieved. More specifically, in the previous Interreg Italy Austria programme, Certottica was LP for the projects P.P.R.S.I. – Cod. ID. 4782, H.P.P.P. – Cod. ID. 5063 and D.W.V.P. – Cod. ID. 6002 – U.E.B Cod. -ID 6502 and partner in the projects DESIRE – Cod. ID 4928, R.O.I – Cod.- ID 5683.

Research Studio iSPACE is part of Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft mbH and acts as intermediary between the academic research community and the market. Basic and applied research in the field of geo-referenced systems supports the policy makers’ strategic decisions. Among Studio iSPACE ‘s key competences are the development and supply of material to support the decision-making process in view of complex challenges in the field of energy systems and spatial information management. Spatial assessments, simulations and visualisation of specific issues relating to the energy industry are tools to support decisional processes in businesses and organisations operating in the energy sector for the achievement of an efficient and sustainable management model. Special attention is attached to assessing the potential of renewable energy vis à vis demand patterns in a specific space and time frame, to improving urban and rural energy systems, and to scenario assessments. iSPACE competences also include web-based interoperable geographical information services, strategies for the achievement of standardised geo-data, integration and harmonisation of heterogeneous data sources, real-time integration of data and data processing. Its total income for 2014/2015 was 3.4m€ and 3.2M€ in 2013/14. The partner currently has 37 staff members. Its experience was gained in the years spent as participant in numerous European and territorial co-operation projects. It has the administrative and financial capacity needed to implement the IDEE project.

The consortium has longstanding experience in developing, managing and participating in regional, national and European projects, including research projects. Its highly-qualified staff is trained to manage the different stages of a project, including: co-ordination, relations with partners and with in-house and external experts, supervising activities, reporting on expenditure and promotion/dissemination of the results achieved. In the previous Interreg Italy Austria programme, BIM Consortium Piave was a partner in the projects NESBA, Dolomiti Live KLIMA – DL. The Consortiun was involved also in a number of research project , namely: project Foodie falling under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research; project Smart Cities Test Plant in the framework of a call by Italy’s National Research Council– CNR; project AlpEnergy included in the Alpine Space programme.

IUAV is a state university founded in 1926 and is one of the leading Schools of Architecture in Italy. It relies on an extensive network of relationships with a wide range of players: companies, professional firms and institutions (that commission research projects or resort to the services supplied by the IUAV labs), other research centres and international partners. In addition to being a scientific and teaching institution, it is also a main interlocutor with the regional stakeholders in the Veneto region for demands coming from the local territory. The research group that will deal with the implementation of the IDEE project reports to the Department for Design and Planning in Complex Environments.
This is the same team which co-ordinates the activities performed by IUAV in the fields of building physics and IT for smart cities. Equipped with the tools and competences needed for the thermal-physical characterisation of components and materials and for the energy audit of buildings, these experts can make use of GIS and ICT technologies to create geo-referenced urban datasets to support local policies on energy efficiency. The team has consolidated knowledge in the areas of energy efficiency and energy audits, thermo-physical measurements, planning sustainable buildings, evaluation of environmental impact, simulations, urban planning, territorial information systems and development of urban policies. IUAV also has sound financial and administrative capacity to suitably implement and manage the project.