IMPULSE introduces an integrated management support system for planning energy efficiency interventions in public buildings. The main challenge tackled is the insufficient capacities of public administrations to set-up reliable and affordable energy efficiency plans for their public building stock, which at local level is reflected by missing or incomplete Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs). The main problem is the lack of available energy consumption data for the building stock and of easy-to-use decision-support systems to conclude the most affordable action plans with bankable and realistic solutions. The project acknowledges the need for concrete decision-support solutions as well as the transnational approach needed to account for MED diversified conditions in buildings, energy solutions, climate, regulations, etc., towards the wider capturing of MED specificities. The project’s transnational approach foresees extensive testing in representative pilot MED Cities in 6 Countries, of previously established methods for the conclusion of MED public building typologies accompanied with cost-optimal interventions and financial and gradual renovation plans. The results are organised into a transnational purpose web and GIS-based information system being a user-friendly decision making tool for affordable SEAPs with high impact. The tool is verified through small-scale renovation projects in each pilot City and further evaluated through targeted transferring activities.
IMPULSE introduit un système intégré de soutien à la planification d’interventions en faveur de l’efficacité énergétique dans les bâtiments publics. L’enjeu principal est la faible capacité des administrations publiques à mettre en place des plans d'efficacité énergétique fiables et abordables pour leur patrimoine bâti public, ce qui se traduit au niveau local par des plans d’actions en faveur de l’énergie durable (PAED) incomplets ou inexistants. Le principal problème est le manque de données de consommation d’énergie du patrimoine bâti et de systèmes simples d'aide à la décision pour le développement des plans d'action les plus abordables avec des solutions réalistes et finançables. Le projet établit le besoin de donner des solutions concrètes d’aide à la décision dans une approche transnationale pour tenir compte des conditions MED des bâtiments, solutions d'énergie, climat, règlements, etc. Cette approche prévoit des tests extensifs dans les MED Villes pilotes dans 6 pays, sur des méthodes déjà établies pour définir des typologies MED de bâtiments publics, accompagnées par des interventions de coût optimal et des plans de rénovation financiers et graduels. Les résultats seront organisés dans une interface WEB commune et avec un système SIG, outil décisionnel convivial pour mettre en place des PAED abordables avec un fort impact. L'outil est testé sur des projets de rénovation à petite échelle dans chaque ville pilote puis évalué avec des activités de transfert ciblées.
Expected Results (EN):
1 Six libraries of municipal-building typologies : As advocated by the authority partners one of the major problems to start planning renovation projects and detecting most suitable financing sources is the lack of the identities of public buildings and categorisation according to specific energy-related criteria such as construction materials, floor area, age, systems, etc. Such a need for typology identification is also highlighted in ELIH-MED's policy paper and the Ljubljana declaration. Through the testing of exhaustive data-collection approaches, IMPULSE seeks to categorize public buildings at local level and create inventories for each pilot City. These libraries will enhance the awareness of public administrations regarding their stock and facilitate targeted actions based on the actual needs of any concerned public building while it will help them to fit suggested renovation projects to the requirements of funding programmes. As a result it is likely to trigger authorities' to more intensive involvement in the development and better implementation of energy efficiency plans; hence increase the share of plans at local level.1 Six libraries of municipal-building typologies : As advocated by the authority partners one of the major problems to start planning renovation projects and detecting most suitable financing sources is the lack of the identities of public buildings and categorisation according to specific energy-related criteria such as construction materials, floor area, age, systems, etc. Such a need for typology identification is also highlighted in ELIH-MED's policy paper and the Ljubljana declaration. Through the testing of exhaustive data-collection approaches, IMPULSE seeks to categorize public buildings at local level and create inventories for each pilot City. These libraries will enhance the awareness of public administrations regarding their stock and facilitate targeted actions based on the actual needs of any concerned public building while it will help them to fit suggested renovation projects to the requirements of funding programmes. As a result it is likely to trigger authorities' to more intensive involvement in the development and better implementation of energy efficiency plans; hence increase the share of plans at local level.2 One IMPULSE management support information system : As indicated by the authority partners a problem hindering the implementation of energy renovation project is the lack of confident decisions on the most appropriate and affordable measures as well as on most appropriate financial sources. It is true that they would need an integrated information system to have an organised view of available technical and financial options. The IT system integrates results of a high elaboration on energy and financial planning analyses in the project framework, which in its completed version will provide (with few inputs) for each identified typology: cost- prioritized solutions from small to deep renovations; Ex-ante and ex-post monitoring plans; Financial plans; 3% floor-area annual renovation plans (for group of buildings). At least for the pilot Cities, the results will be depicted on GIS maps meaning available layers of energy-indicators results for new GIS-maps entries in the future. Considering the adequate buildings' samples to be tested it is evident that the results would cover other buildings of same typologies existing in different Country areas. This generalization potential will lead to an increase of local EE plans not only for pilot Cities but other municipalities as well. The result will also contribute to the increase of regional plans due to representative typologies tested also under the scope of annual renovation rates indicated in the directive 2012/27/EC.3 At least 50 completed SEAPs' public-building sections by the authority partners and by participants to portability campaigns : The IMPULSE system will be used and tested, at first, by the 6 authority partners to conclude the SEAPs' (or other energy efficiency plans) sections dedicated to public buildings, i.e. recommended retrofit measures, energy/emission/cost indicators, description of monitoring plans, financing and gradual renovation. Through the portability campaigns, 15-20 municipalities in each partner Country are expected to interact with project outputs and produce public-building sections of their energy efficiency plans. This exhaustive transferring activity results to an increase of supporting plans for public authorities to complete their energy efficiency strategies, while the results will be exemplary for others to further use the system, being multipliers even after the end of the project.4 One small-scale renovation project (Six in total) in one public building in each partner Country and monitoring of energy indicators : In each partner Country, a municipal building of high value for the citizens and end-users, for which high energy-saving with least-cost is concluded by the energy simulation analysis, will be subjected to a small-scale renovation. Monitoring equipment is also envisaged to measure building energy performance difference between the ex-ante and ex-post conditions. This activity will engage more public administrations and raise their skills in management and organisation of building renovation and monitoring. Monitoring customized with IT services to display results of the energy evolution will stimulate the establishment of energy monitoring procedures and improve the knowledge of public administration in setting up these kinds of actions. Especially for the demonstration buildings the monitored results will be interconnected with SEAPs Baseline and Monitoring emission inventories (BEI and MEI). The whole process will raise the skills of involved public administrations and will help them to include energy monitoring into their management and responsibilities structures. This will trigger the accomplishment of high-impact implementation of local energy efficiency plans.5 Twelve MoUs among the project and key representatives of political intervention in local/regional/national level : Through the collaborative networks, the focus group meetings, the final policy meeting and Conference, the project will pursue constant communication with policy makers in each partner Country. An MoU with regional CoM coordinators is expected which, based on project findings, will outline policy issues for further capacity raising activities and engagement of public authorities to the development and implementation of energy efficiency action plans. It will contain policy recommendations regarding data-collection and assessment procedures, indicators to be included, monitoring, and how these would be included in relevant call for tenders, all in relation to CoM procedures and acceleration of SEAPs. A second MoU in a higher policy level, e.g. regional and/or national, will be pursued with recommendations regarding conditions for deep renovations in annual basis in accordance to requirements of relevant directives 2010/31/EC and 2012/27/EC. The MoUs will be communicated to a large scale (municipalities and regions) to gain their interest/commitment towards public-buildings energy efficiency planning.
Expected Outputs (EN):
A protocol for public-building typologies' identification and library of typologies in pilot Cities,A web-based system for planning energy-upgrading interventions in public buildings,Completed SEAPs' sections for public buildings,Technical actors from the public and private sectors trained on the use of IMPULSE products,Agreements among policy-makers on uptaking project outcomes in developing energy efficiency plans