Objectives related to the ecosystem technical set-up

O1: Built the ecosystem based on 6 building blocks. The ‘heart’ of the ecosystem is the 9 Pilot Lines (PLs) which are supported by high tech and complementary facilities for modelling and simulation (process, material, component, building level), advanced characterization and testing facilities and real buildings for technology validation

O2: Upgrade existing technology infrastructures with peripheral systems (inline quality control, real time monitoring and IT tools, automation, sensors, etc.) to guarantee material quality/quantity (QQ set) through a gap/challenge analysis of PL to boost production, and accelerate the pace for technological uptake and reflect industrial production conditions, have a strong R&D orientation as well as provide excellent accredited test procedures (where applicable)

O3: Set up technical competences/services of the ecosystem as horizontal activities to support all PLs and building envelope component from material properties prediction/process optimization (data-driven approaches) to fast simulation and optimization of final systems.

Objectives related to the validation of the ecosystem and its outcomes

O4: Develop a coherent strategy (dedicated workflow) for fast characterization and optimization of materials and building components under the umbrella of standardized (when applicable) procedures based on European (CEN) and international (ISO, ASTM) Standards.

O5: : Develop methodologies for a continuous gap/challenge analysis per material/component case to disseminate necessary updates and improvements on current standards in order to boost market uptake.

O6: Validate the proper operation of the ecosystem based on 7 selected test cases for upscaling, testing and validating in operation environment of materials for building envelopes concept and indoor environmental solutions introduced by SMEs and industry.

O7: Phase 2 (M20-40) will serve as the main validation period of the ecosystem; 1) at least 10 test cases based on the preselected material technologies will be demonstrated through iclimabuilt. 2) additional test cases will be selected from the Open Call foreseen to run after M30 according to pre-defined criteria.

O8: Proceed with improvements of operational procedures within testbed lines based on the test cases.

O9: Εnsure standardisation, regulatory (including safety) and environmental (SRSE) assessments through the established Group. (SRSE group: IRES, E2ARC, RISE, EUT, NTNU)

Objectives related to the operational efficiency and sustainability of the ecosystem

O10: Create an administrative structure and define procedures and roles – avoiding any overlapping that can potentially lead to internal conflicts – securing a smooth operation of the ecosystem.

O11: Set up a (non-profit) Joint Venture to administer the iclimabuilt ecosystem (core partners providing services).

O12: Set up a Single-Entry-Point with increased visibility to attract new SMEs for service provision.

O13: An innovative cloud-infrastructure-powered platform (digital system) enabled by Cloud Infrastructure for providing integrated services and for managing supply chains through connecting collaborative, networked distributed “building blocks” and “testing hubs”: material development and testing as an integrated service (MTaaS platform) enabling decision-making process (DeMaP) for the evaluation of the needs of test cases brought by industry and translating them in upscaling, characterization and service workflows.

O14: Develop a centralized data management system which will serve as a knowledge-sharing platform, linking materialsprocesses-characterization data, along with methodologies for effective data analytics and correlations (e.g. material vs. ‘clima site’ and energy savings)following FAIR principles56 (Data Management Group -DMG: GRANTA, IRES, ITAINNOVA, AiDEAS).

O15: Link of iclimabuilt ecosystem with existing ones through increased extroversion, clustering and networking activities.

O16: Provide links with financing schemes for SMEs to increase financial capabilities, make risks more acceptable in terms of cost and time and guarantee faster investment recovery.

O17: Guarantee sustainability of the ecosystem by a 5-step continuous benchmarking strategy: Plan-Discover-RegisterAnalyze-Improve – according which, the services database will be updated and the pricing policy will always be better than the competitive ones.

O18: Focus on building trust between the consortium and the ecosystem-client during the service by accurately translating needs and expectations to services and by securing IPRs, showing high flexibility for responding to concrete industrial needs (legal competences in order Non-Disclosure Agreements, Collaboration Agreements, Terms of Use and Commercial contracts).

O19: Facilitate user access will be done by establishing local intermediaries (selected partners per country/region) that have both an understanding of the regional services on offer, and an awareness at European level. Increased visibility and awareness of the ecosystem and its services will be secured by a user-friendly environment providing a comprehensive preview of facilities and provision of services (including information on prices and IPR conditions).

O20: Invest and focus on users’ satisfaction – engage users in the ecosystems’ updates according to feedback received (online surveys).

O21: Undertake communication/dissemination activities for promoting the ecosystem in targeted audiences, advertising the “success case” stories that will arise from the test cases and the improvements in material performances/production processes with relevant (updated) metrics to reflect highlighting existing gaps and updates in relevant regulations and standards.

O22: Plan a clear strategy for dissemination and exploitation (definition of target communities and way to reach them). It will act as the backbone for other activities, creating awareness on project results towards stakeholders, potential customers, interested communities and all other relevant audience groups: clustering and networking channels with relevant European organizations (European Construction Technology Platform ECTP, European Pilot Production Network EPPN, European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics ETIP PV) and other test beds (upscaling, characterization and modelling), particularly in the field of materials for building envelopes, for cooperation and developing synergies towards a pan European integrated and sustainable ecosystem.

O23: Collaborate with European initiatives (e.g. Nanosafety cluster, enanomapper etc) and regulatory agencies. And liaise with potential investors (venture capitals and business angels) for seeking extra funding.

O24: Continuously update the business plan according to market needs to stay competitive.