EPC practical info
The project "European Energy Service Initiative towards the EU 2020 energy saving targets" (EESI 2020), which was implemented between 2013 and 2016 by a consortium of European energy agencies or experts with support of the European Commission's Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, has been addressing ways to improve the impact of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in 9 European regions.
One of the keys to success in EPC projects is involving a well-trained, experienced project facilitator, who supports the preparation and implementation of the project on behalf of the client, the building owner. As the role of the facilitator is still rather new in many European countries, the aim of the guideline is to provide energy experts who want to include EPC in the portfolio of their expertise with information on how to become an EPC-facilitator.
This manual (8 pages) developed in the frame of the EESI 2020 project (www.eesi2020.eu/be) summarizes for EPC customers the basics of Energy Performance Contracting: what it is and how it works, for who it could be useful, the do's and don'ts and its benefits.
Fedesco, a public ESCO owned by the Belgian government, is the initiator of the first Belgian "new generation" EPC-project. The building pool contains 13 offices, mainly used by the Ministry of Finance. The EPC-procurement documents (French and Dutch) related with the Call for candidature to the ESCO's were published on 16 December 2013 and inventarised here in the frame of the EESI 2020 project (www.eesi2020.eu/be).
As the salary cost in an average office building is often more than 100 times bigger than the energy cost of this same building and as comfort performance has a significant effect on employee satisfaction and employee productivity, it is clear that the realization of good comfort should be a central objective of an EPC-contract. In the attached EESI 2020 report, a procedure is described that integrates comfort in an EPC-project via a comfort survey. The proposed approach increases the comfort performance of the building-pool, is cheaper than conventional technical approaches, can increase the energy cost saving and avoids costly, juridical discussions.