What is a demonstration building ?

demonstration building is a building that stages innovative products, technologies, processes or services  whether at the design or performance phase.

It may be a technical or technological, organisational or sales and marketing innovation. It may concern any kind of building: residential, tertiary, industrial, new build or renovation. The idea can also be extrapolated to incorporate an entire neighbourhood or site.

Such buildings aim to demonstrate the technical, environmental and economic viability of the innovations staged in them.




The Alsace Energivie Cluster supports project initiators in seeing their projects through to fruition:

  • Puts them in contact and assists them with local authorities.
  • Helps to find industrial or academic partners
  • Proposes innovative solutions
  • Assesses the project in relation to the current state of the art
  • Helps to compile the project file and secure funding if the project initiator wants to tender for a invitation for projects
  • Puts them in contact with ad-hoc bodies to certify innovative solutions
  • Provides assistance with drawing up the "cluster demonstration building label" project file
  • Helps with communication on the project by means of visits to the site or building, conferences in the context of the Rencontres BePOSitive, the visibility provided on the Cluster's internet site.



The demonstration building label is a label that recognises the innovative nature of the product, its role in the Alsace Energivie Cluster roadmap, its partnerial or collaborative character involving several firms, its duplication potential, its market potential and the associated economic impact.

If the label is obtained, it allows the applicant to join the Alsace Energivie Cluster's network of demonstration buildings.


Label-acquisition procedure: demonstration building

The project manager or the contractor comes to present his project to the Alsace Energivie Cluster's labelling committee. If he so wishes, he may be accompanied by the principal protagonists who have worked on the project (assistant project manager, architect, design and engineering office, etc.).

Subsequent to this presentation, the labelling committee submits a finding. If the finding is favourable, it forwards the file to the Board of Directors, which has the exclusive authority to issue the label.

The project is assessed according to the following criteria:

  • Environmental impact of the building in terms of both primary energy consumed and energy management over the entire life cycle
  • Project cost: performance and quality are put into perspective in view of project cost
  • Building quality: consideration of the issues of the building's comfort, attractiveness and practicability
  • Innovative character The innovation aspect is an important consideration in obtaining labelling. The innovation may be in terms of design, fulfilment, the use of innovative technologies, organisation of the site, etc.
  • Consideration of feedback. Establishment of a process to compare estimated consumption and actual consumption.
  • Consequences for subsequent operations

Contact : Philippe Jacglin philippe.jacglin@pole.energivie.eu – +33 (0)3 70 29 98 00


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