Demand Respons of Blocks of Buildings


March 2016 - Feb 2019


EU Horizon 2020


Dr. Șteț Denisa, Dr. Czumbil Levente

Local Coordinator

Prof. Dan D. Micu

Project Coordinator

Prof. Nashwan Dawood (Teeside University, UK)

To achieve its aim the DR-BOB project will

► Integrate existing technologies to form the DR-BOB Demand Response Energy Management solution for blocks-of-buildings with a potential ROI of 5 years or less.

► Demonstrate the DR-BOB integrated solution at 4 sites operating under different energy market and climatic conditions in the UK, France, Italy and Romania with blocks-of-buildings covering a total of 274,665 m2, a total of 47,600 occupants over a period of at least 12 months.

► Realise up to 11% saving in energy demand, up to 35% saving in electricity demand and a 30% reduction in the difference between peak power demand and minimum night time demand for building owners and facilities managers at the demonstration.

► Provide and validate a method of assessing at least 3 levels of technology readiness (1-no capability, 2-some capability, 3-full capability) related to the technologies required for consumers’ facilities managers, buildings and the local energy infrastructure to participate in the Demand Response Energy Management solution at any given site.

► Identify revenue sources with at least a 5% profit margin to underpin business models for each of the different types of stakeholders required to bring demand response in the blocks-of-buildings to market in different local and national contexts.

► Engage with at least 2,000 companies involved in the supply chain for demand response in blocks of buildings across the EU to disseminate the projects goals and findings.


Demand Response has a recognised value to customers, national energy networks, and to the environment. However the specific value chain for demand response provision in blocks-of-buildings is yet to be conclusively proven. It depends on the telemetry and control technologies embedded in the building management systems currently deployed at any given site and the potential revenue sources: both of which vary according to specific local and national conditions. In this context the aim of the DR-BOB project is to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of demand response in blocks of buildings for the different key actors required to bring it to market. These include but are not restricted to Distribution Network Operators (DNO) Energy Suppliers, Transmission Network Operators (TNO), Energy Service Companies (ESCO) IT providers and facilities owners and managers.