About eu.ESCO

Motivation

Buildings are responsible for 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of the European Unions (EU) CO2 emissions. Therefore, energy efficiency of buildings is crucial to achieving the EU objectives, namely the reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) by 80‐95% by 2050 compared to 1990 levels.

For this to happen, the European energy services market needs to be strengthened. In this context, the European Association of Energy Service Companies (eu.ESCO) was founded in 2009 by the European Building Automation and Controls Association (eu.bac) and aims at boosting the energy services market by increasing its transparency and its trustworthiness.

Uncertainty, lack of knowledge, lack of awareness, and confusion concerning definitions, processes and contract provisions related to Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) and Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) are widely recognised as key barriers to further market development, according to research made by the Institute for Building Efficiency (IBE).

In this sense, eu.ESCO provides best practices and knowledge sharing to drive standardisation and to accelerate EPC use.

eu.ESCOs Vision is: A world where Energy Performance Contracting is recognised by public authorities as one of the key tools for energy efficiency in buildings

eu.ESCOs Mission is: To represent Energy Service Companies offering Energy Performance Contracting vis‐‐vis European Institutions, other relevant European Stakeholders, Member States and public authorities

Major activities

  • Providing education, best practices sharing and knowledge transfer on ESCOs and EPC
  • Boosting the energy services market by increasing its transparency: information updates on ESCOs and their offerings, guarantee the quality of their services, etc.
  • Making energy services accessible and understandable by disseminating examples and case studies
  • Increasing customers confidence in ESCOs
  • Raising awareness on EPC potential, knowledge and usage
  • Facilitating interaction between ESCOs, policy‐makers and key stakeholders

Legislation

  • Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, EPBD (Directive 2010/31/EU)
  • Public Procurement, PP (Directive 2004/18/EC)
  • Eco-design of Energy-Related Products, EuP (Directive 2009/125/EC)
  • Directive on energy efficiency, EED (Directive 2012/27/EU)

While using the building standard procedures to determine the EPC potential developed by the European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) EPC allows to fulfill both national legislations as well as European legislations (Directives and Regulations) on energy savings and enables public authorities to achieve a sustainable development and their environment goals.

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CLIMA 2016 - 25 May Workshop 19 Continuous optimization of operational energy use with building automation and controls

CLIMA 2016 - 25 May Workshop 19 Continuous operational energy use optimization with building automation and controls

Join us during CLIMA 2016 (22-25 May, Aalborg, Denmark) in our interactive workshop 'Building automation and control systems: continuous operational energy use optimization'.

Access here the full description of our workshop.

The aim of the workshop is to interactively discuss about the crucial role of building automation and control systems in continuously optimizing energy use during the operation phase of buildings while at the same time ensuring adequate indoor environment quality and enabling occupants behaviour change. The participants will learn about existing tools that help assess how well a building (new or existing) is equipped for energy use optimization and will be granted the opportunity to provide feedback on the ongoing work of REHVA & eu.bac`s Task Force on Building Automation, Controls and Building Management.

Find here a complete overview of all workshops organized during CLIMA 2016.

Looking forward to welcoming you in Aalborg!


Background

Building automation and control systems have a crucial role in continuously optimizing the energy use during the operation phase of buildings while at the same time ensuring adequate indoor environment quality and enabling occupants’ behaviour change. However, most often due to the sheer variety of solutions that are available, the value proposition from automated controls becomes blurred between competing claims and is adversely affected by implementation problems that are exacerbated by insufficient standardisation. Other barriers to reaping the energy and non-energy benefits of building automation and control systems include among others the following: awareness of options and value propositions, access to qualified personnel to design, install and commission BAC, the fact that poor implementation often goes undetected.

Scope                                                

The aim of the workshop is to interactively discuss about the before mentioned issues and what practical tools can be used to overcome them and ensure building automation and control systems deliver their multiple benefits promises. The workshop will include the presentation of several certified buildings.

Attendees                          

Industry, designers, architects, specifiers, system integrators, installers, building commissioners, facility managers, energy inspectors, energy auditors, students, building owners. 

Expected results

  • Raise awareness regarding the multiple benefits of building automation and control systems.
  • Provide guidance for a standardized approach in design or auditing activities.
  • Collection of inputs from participants to feed in the current work of the Task Force.
  • Identification of most important research topics in the area of building automation and control systems.

Tentative Programme     

  • Setting the scene (Andrei Litiu & Peter Hug)                       
  • European certification method for assessing the building automation impact on energy efficiency in buildings (Bonnie Brook)
  • Showcase of certified buildings (Roland Ullmann)
  • Energy use behaviour change - occupants’ interaction with building automation and controls (Stefano Corgnati, Simona D’Oca, Valentina Fabi)

Discussion topic

The discussion shall be underpinned by each presentation and mostly focus on the multiplier effect of building automation and controls, more specifically:

  • Continuous optimisation of energy use;
  • Indoor environment quality;
  • Enabling energy use behavioural change.

In addition to the traditional questions and answers sessions, the participants will interactively be involved in the workshop via a voting tool. Each presentation will be followed by several multiple choice questions verifying the freshly stored information by participants during the presentations. Those who will pay attention shall receive meaningful rewards.

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