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IEA EBC Annex 82
Energy Flexible Buildings Towards Resilient Low Carbon Energy Systems

IEA EBC Annex 81
Data-Driven Smart Buildings
Expert Meetings, 13-16 May 2024, Prague, Czech Republic


10.00  Welcome session – day 1
10.30  PhD forum – Part 1 (A81 and A82 research presentations)

12.00  Lunch (restaurant Kulaťák, Vítězné náměstí 820/12, Praha 6 – Dejvice)

13.30  PhD forum – Part 2 (A81 and A82 research presentations)
15.00  Coffee break
15.30  Parallel workshop (StA+B; StC+D)
17.00  Closing session
17.15  End of the meeting

09.00  Welcome session and general status discussion
10.00  Coffee break
10.30 Common exercise workshop

12.00  Lunch (buffet)

13.00  Parallel workshop (StA+StB: StC+StD)
14.30  Coffee break
15.00  MI 2.0 Grid Integrated Control of Buildings (planning)
16.30  Closing session
17.30  End of the meeting

19.30  Dinner – Andělský pivovar

time to meet new people and visit UCEEB laboratories and Ice-rink technical facility

Technical excursion of Glocalflex pilot sites (optional) incl. transportation and lunch

09.00  Start of the excursion.
10.00  UCEEB laboratories 
11.30  Ice-rink refrigeration technology 
13.00  End of the technical excursion

Public seminar/webinar (open to general public)
15.00  Seminar/Webinar in form of joint panel discussion A82/ HE Glocalflex members in event registration / Online stream registration
17.00  End of the Seminar/Webinar

Your Annex Deliverables and Resources
09.00 – 09.15 Welcome, agenda and organisational issues – Stephen White
09.15 – 09.30 Subtask A deliverables showcase – Stephen White
09.30 – 09.45 Subtask B deliverables showcase – Jose Candanedo
09.45 – 10.00 Subtask C deliverables showcase – Jin Wen
10.00 – 10.15 Subtask D deliverables showcase – Dimitrios Rovas

10.15 – 10.45  Coffee break

Working Session 1 – Annex responses to key questions
What infrastructure and information should a smart building have?
10.45 – 11.10 How should I benchmark my building? – Wei Luo
11.10 – 11.35 Head-to-head: Annex data platform guidelines vs the SRI – Rafael Garcia
11.35 – 12.15 What’s missing? What could a new Annex do? Table Discussion
12.15 – 12.30 Report back

12.30 – 13.30  Lunch Break

Working Session 2 – Annex responses to key questions
What’s the future for AI in smart buildings?
13.30 – 13.50 What’s the potential of RL and Transfer Learning? – Alfonso Capozzoli
13.50 – 14.10 Head-to-head: Rules based vs AI in analytics and control – Zheng O’Neill
14.10 – 14.30 Opportunities for AI to support data access and quality – Subbu Sethuvenkatraman
14.30 – 15.00 Panel Discussion

Looking forward Working Session 3
What’s the future for AI in smart buildings (continued)
15.20 – 16.00 What’s missing? What could a new Annex do? Table Discussion
16.00 – 16.15 Report back

Next Steps
16.15 – 16.45 New Grid Integrated Control of Buildings Annex – Stephen White
16.45 – 17.00 Work outstanding reminders/roll-check Subtask leaders
17.00 Other business and close

Informal Social Gathering

If you are attending these events and would like to get together in the evening of Tuesday 14th May, we will meet informally at Andělský pivovar, Lidická 337/30, Praha 5 – Smíchov

Contact Information

Any questions about organization of the event?
Vojtěch Zavřel (host of the event)
T: +420 721 070 207
Any questions about meeting contents and agenda?
Rui Amaral Lopes (Annex 82 deputy coordinator)

Stephen White (Annex 81 coordinator)


13th May – PhD/Postdoc forum – 60 EUR

14th May – A82 working meeting – 130 EUR

14th May – Dinner – 60 EUR

15th May – Technical tours incl. transportation and lunch – 60 EUR

16th May – A81 working meeting – 130 EUR

Energy Flexibility Forum: Advancing Building and Community Management Solutions

Venue location

Czech Technical University in Prague
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Technická 4,
16607 Prague 6

How to get there

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Transportation Tips

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Please be aware, that the Ice-hockey world championship collide with our event, which may cause some difficulties in planning the journey. The early booking is advisable.

Public Transportation
Public transportation in Prague is cheap and extensive, covering most areas including the airport. You can plan your route and purchase tickets online through the PID Litacka website Once you've bought your ticket, it's recommended to use Google Maps in public transportation mode for navigation, providing timetables of buses, trams, metro, or suburban trains. If you purchase a paper ticket, remember to stamp it in the designated place only once. For more insights, you can watch the Honest Prague Guide video

Exploring Historic City Center
The best way to experience the historic city center of Prague is by foot. Most of the historical monuments are within walking distance, and every little street in the old town is charming and worth exploring.

Using Taxi Services
If you need to use a taxi, apps like Uber or Bolt work perfectly fine in Prague. It's advisable to avoid flagging down random taxis on the street, especially at night and in tourist locations, as there's a risk of being overcharged. Unfortunately, such practices are almost eliminated but still exist as a sad heritage from the communist era.

Currency Tips
Contrary to many European countries, Czechia has its own currency, the Czech koruna (CZK) Actual exchange rate recommended by Czech National Bank is Euro may be accepted in some shops and restaurants in the city center, but typically with a less favorable exchange rate.

Card Payment
It's recommended to use card payments whenever possible, as many establishments in Prague accept credit and debit cards. This is often more convenient and safer than carrying large amounts of cash.

Currency Exchange
It's advisable to avoid exchanging currency at the airport if possible and instead wait until you reach the city center and withdraw from ATMs at reputable banks (we recommend avoiding so-called EURO ATMs). If you prefer cash, you can find numerous exchange offices in Prague. Checking Google reviews is a recommended practice to avoid unnecessary commission fees. I personally go to EXCHANGE s.r.o. Kaprova 14/13, Prague 1 – Josefov, Zip Code: 110 00.
Avoid exchanging money with street vendors or unauthorized currency exchange points, as they may offer unfavorable rates or attempt to scam you.

Typical Prices
Following examples can give you some impression of prices of typical goods:

Prices in restaurants can vary depending on the location and type of establishment. As a rough guide, a typical meal at a mid-range restaurant in the city center might cost around 250-400 CZK per person for a main course. However, prices can be higher in tourist-heavy areas.

A cup of coffee or a pastry at a café can cost around 30-80 CZK.

A pint of the famous Czech beer Pilsner Urquell in a pub or restaurant might cost around 40-80 CZK, depending on the location and size of the serving.


By following these tips, attendees can make the most of their time in Prague while ensuring a smooth and enjoyable travel experience. We hope you will enjoy the stay here