Link to guarantEE-Website

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We are pleased to present to you the 1st newsletter of the EU project "Energy Efficiency with Performance Guarantees in Private and Public Sector” (guarantEE). guarantEE is the follow-up project of EESI 2020.

In this first edition, you will learn about the objectives and activities of the guarantEE project including the EPC Best Practice Database. Besides that, you will find articles on a renovation program for multifamily houses in private co-ownership in Paris and on the refurbishment of the building stock in Bucharest, as well as information about new incentive programs in Germany and Austria related to EPC.

We wish you an instructive and enjoyable reading of this first issue of the guarantEE newsletter.

Your guarantEE Team

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Link to guarantEE-Website

_About guarantEE

The guarantEE project aims to foster the use of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in the public and private sector across Europe. EPC as energy service model has been applied successfully in the modernisation of mostly public buildings since 20 years. A strong roll-out of EPC beyond the public sector has so far been prevented mainly because of two unresolved issues: the split incentives dilemma in rented facilities, and the lack of sufficiently flexible contract models.

Within guarantEE, 14 experienced partners will develop innovative business and financing models for performance-based ESCO projects. For rented facilities, the aim is to develop and test solutions adequately sharing costs and benefits between user, building owner and ESCO (triple-win approach).

With a special focus on private sector building owners, EPC contract variants providing enhanced flexibility will be developed. Market stakeholders will be intensively involved in the analysis of current barriers and the definition of adequate contractual solutions, e.g. with a market survey and interviews.

The innovative energy service models are to be tested in pilot projects, in which the building owners will receive support from experienced EPC facilitators.

The guarantEE project’s duration is 3 years and it is being funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme.

You will find detailed information about guarantEE on:

Link to EPC Best Practice Database

_EPC Best Practice Database

The EPC Best Practice database has been developed within the project EESI 2020 and will be further enhancedto more than 100 EPC projects from various European countries in the context of guarantEE.

The database provides a single point of access to high quality European EPC projects, including information on investment levels, energy cost savings guaranteed and measures implemented. With the implemented search engine, you may filter the database for specific parameters. Furthermore, specific parameters can also be combined.

You can access the EPC Best Practice Database here:



_Energy refurbishment in private co-ownership: Résidence Lançon, a test case in Paris

The residence “Lançon" in Paris has recently launched ambitious renovation works. The project is designed to achieve up to 64% energy savings. This is not an easy task. Thermal insulation of the building envelope (façades, rooftop, and windows), renovation of the boiler room, ventilation systems, installation of solar panels and the creation of balconies were required. The entire program will cost on average 33,000 euros per apartment and took three years in the development.

The president of the co-ownership council explains that the fuel oil boiler had run its course, co-owners faced discomfort problems due to temperature variations in summer and winter and that the energy bills were rising continuously. The main trigger for the project was a press article about Energies POSIT’IF and the financial aids supporting global renovations. Instead of embarking on expensive but separate piecemeal renovations lacking coherence, the inhabitants decided to opt for a comprehensive renovation that was also eligible for maximum financial aids.

Indeed, the total cost of the renovation is 1,036,160 € (without balconies). But thanks to financial aids mobilised by Energies POSIT'IF, the final cost was brought down to only 15,000 € per apartment. This required a 324,840 € subvention from the Ile-de-France Region and ADEME, a 120,000 € Energy Transition Tax Credit, and 105,440 € individual grants from several public bodies.

Yet, embarking in the process was a very difficult task for co-owners with no expertise and diverging interests. Communication was the keystone of success. During the past two years, four General Assemblies were held in which technical choices received explanation and every sensitive issue was tackled. To convince everyone, a case by case strategy was adopted. Answers to all the specific questions of each co-owner were provided. This required bringing together a multidisciplinary team composed of Energies POSIT'IF, Equateur Architecture and POUGET Consultants, embedding financial, architectural and thermal expertise in the project.

Notably, the renovation model had to convince owner-lessors, who usually see such a project as a loss of profitability of their rental investment. Real estate valuation was hence targeted through the creation of balconies. Other co-owners lacked capital to invest. Providing adapted financing solutions and a financing plan tailored to each co-owner's profile has made the project financially accessible to everyone.

Private co-ownerships are not out of reach for deep energy renovation, but they still rely heavily on public grants. Furthermore, the key to favourable decisions is the precise management of co-owners heterogeneity, being able to propose a global program that will fit very diverse requirements and differing funding abilities.


_Bucharest building stock refurbishment data 

Bucharest has been a front-runner in the field of thermal rehabilitation among the public authorities in Romania. Numerous rehabilitation programs have been launched in all six districts since 2009, as part of either local and / or European funded programs. Generally, the programs targeted private owned multi-family dwellings built between 1950 and 1990.

The total number of buildings in Bucharest rehabilitated between 2009 and 2015 is 2,847, representing almost 15% of the construction stock connected to the city’s centralized district heating system. The situation of refurbishment for each district is provided in the following Table

The main rehabilitation solutions implemented are: thermal insulation of external walls (applied on the external face of the walls), thermal insulation of the roof, thermal insulation of the floor above the unheated basement, replacing old windows and closing balconies with high-performance, energy-efficient windows, thermal insulation of the balcony parapet walls, and rehabilitation of heating distribution pipes located in the building basement.

It can be stated that most of the measures were related to the building envelope, while the heating and domestic hot water systems were almost neglected. The above-mentioned measures have led to an improved overall energy performance of rehabilitated buildings by 25-60%, driving the calculated annual specific energy need for heating below 100 kWh/m2 per year.

By Raluca Teodosiu, PhD Eng, Building energy Auditor & Mihai Tudorancea, Managing Director.


_German Government launches pilot programme “Einsparzähler” (‘energy-savings meters’)

The German Government has launched a pilot programme, “Einsparzähler” (‘energy-savings meters’) in June 2016. Administered by the Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control (BAFA), the pilot support scheme for energy services based on smart devices aims to promote more effective ways of motivating consumers to save energy.

The programme supports energy service providers who implement innovative applications (technology open) to save network based energies (power, gas, heat) for their end customers. Within the pilots, energy consumption data are to be collected and evaluated on the level of relevant sub-systems for the individual client, using IT technologies.

Based on this, the energy service companies can design energy services and bring them to their clients. 50% of the public funding will be based on actual costs, the other 50% will be based on actual energy savings achieved and measured at the client's premises with the installed meters.

Such meters and energy services will show the user where most energy is used and which energy efficiency measures would have the greatest effect. The individual refurbishment roadmaps are to be designed to suit not only the individual building but also its residents. Smart energy meters could be a powerful tool to monitor energy savings especially in residential housing.

For more information about the “Einsparzähler” incentive scheme (German).


_SEFIPA - Sustainable Energy Financing Platform in Austria

The Sustainable Energy Financing Platform in Austria (SEFIPA) is designed as an action oriented platform to collect, develop, implement and disseminate innovative ideas to accelerate finance for sustainable energy. In contrast to the prevailing approach in Austria of subsidy based support of sustainable energy activities, SEFIPA will focus on increasing private funding.

The overall concept of SEFIPA is to bring together a selected group of experts from the relevant stakeholder institutions (public administration, financial sector, business and consumer associations, energy service providers, NGOs) to jointly develop solutions to identified barriers with strong involvement of the broader interested public.

The main elements of SEFIPA will be:

• Finance Lab, constituted of executive representatives of stakeholder groups who will work in regular sessions on solutions for increasing Sustainable Energy investments.

• Implementation and operation of a crowd-funding platform designed to raise equity capital from a multitude of investors (the crowd) for Sustainable Energy projects in Austria.

• Structured origination and implementation of Sustainable Energy investment actions utilizing the new financing instruments and regulatory changes.

SEFIPA will also foster the use of Energy Performance Contracting by building up an Austrian list of facilitators. SEFIPA is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

More Information on SEFIPA (German).



Municipal Property Day 2016 - Gemeentelijk Vastgoed Dag 2016 – 4th October 2016, Nyenrode, Breukelen

Municipalities are moving towards more professional property management and have to face challenges in terms of sustainability and financial efficiency. This Event will target questions related to challenges and new benchmarks for municipal real estate management. ESCO participation and case studies from local authorities in Europe in the area of property management will also be discussed on the Municipal Property Day 2016 on 4th of October 2016 in Nyenrode.

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eceee Industrial Efficiency 2016, 12.–14. September 2016, Berlin

Regardless of the sector, energy efficiency is key to productivity, energy security, job creation and lower carbon intensity. The next eceee industrial energy efficiency event will be held in Berlin in September 2016. The conference offers a mix of peer-reviewed quality paper presentations, informal sessions set up by participants on the spot, keynotes and plain round-the-clock networking. The event is organized by eceee, the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, a membership-based non-profit association.

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