By improving efficiency in public buildings, public authorities can save energy and set an important example. The eCentral project will test various financial instruments designed to reduce energy use in nZEBs - nearly Zero Energy Buildings. It will also promote an energy efficiency certification programme, to ensure more energy aware construction and renovation of buildings.
The last June 13th the eCentral symposium on innovative financing schemes for public buildings took place in Graz.
International experts presented their practical experiences with different financing schemes, shared lessons learnt and provided recommendations for public authorities on how to make best use of these alternative financing approaches.
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Addressing poor energy performance of public buildings is at the core of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive - EED and Energy Performance Building Directive - EPBD, but it is also becoming a growing financial issue in central European countries. In order to address this issue, eCentral will support key stakeholders in better understanding benefits of nZEB - nearly Zero Energy Buildings. The project will prove that the nZEB approach, although innovative, is an optimal and cost-effective solution for the renovation and construction of public buildings.
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Innovative financing mechanisms for nZEBs will be tested in form of highly visible pilot actions in target countries.
According to the European Clean Energy Package member states are required to establish 10-year national energy and climate plans, which shall contribute to achieving the objectives of the energy union. The Commission assessed the first drafts, handed in by the member states by the end of 2019.
As research and demonstration projects prove, it is possible to realise cost optimal nearly-zero and plus-energy buildings. This statement can now be confirmed with the present study of seven example buildings with different forms of use, as well as new construction and renovation.
eCentral project has involved public authorities, energy experts or building experts to think about the nZEB target and its penetration limits in building markets. Results are presented in the “Position paper on nZEB policies in CE countries”.
eCentral project is focused on increasing the capacity of public sector for complying with nZEB regulations. Therefore, the Living Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Tool purpose is to identify potentials for making cost-effective nZEB investments.
North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency was established in 2008 by four regional counties (City of Zagreb, Karlovac, Krapina-Zagorje and Zagreb County) with a mission to play a leading role in transforming North-West Croatia into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. The agency is committed to providing a comprehensive range of services to both public and private project developers and delivering a range of innovative and sustainable programmes on local, regional and national level.
Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šaleška and Koroška Region is a public institution with 14 employees that offers a substantial amount of expertise relevant to the project, gained through the successful implementation of numerous activities in the field of energy efficiency, exploitation of renewable energy sources and energy management of local communities.
The Agency has experience in the development of local energy concepts, sustainable energy action plans as well as providing feedback on proposed national energy strategies.
The Energy Agency of Styria is a non-profit private limited company, owned by the federal state of Styria. The Agency works on current challenges related to energy efficiency and sustainable energy supply and is divided in three departments’ buildings & energy, municipalities & regions and project development in the field of renewable energies. Main task of the Agency is supporting the implementation of the federal energy strategy of Styria along with municipalities, citizens and industry.
Energiaklub Climate Policy Institute applied Communications has been working on energy issues for more than 26 years in Hungary as a private, non-profit NGO. Its work concentrates on climate and energy policy, energy efficiency, renewable energy, climate mitigation and adaptation. Energiaklub conducts research activities, develops SECAPs for municipalities, provides training courses, and carries out communication campaigns with the aim to make policy decision-makers, energy producers and consumers regard energy in a sustainable way.
Although it is the youngest town in Zagreb County, Sveta Nedelja dates back to medieval times and has proudly preserved its historical heritage until today.
Situated at the western gate of Zagreb, with approximately 18.000 citizens, the city is among most prosperous small towns in Croatia, evidenced by a large number of SMEs. Sveta Nedelja is one of the frontrunners of sustainable development in Croatia, having developed a SEAP and a funding scheme for implementation of EE and RES in households.
Velenje is the youngest and 6th largest city in Slovenia in terms of population. It is an economic, political and cultural centre of the Savinja-Šalek Region. Velenje has very vivid international cooperation reflected in already established cooperation with many comparable cities across Europe and active participation on various EU Programs. Velenje is trying to apply best practices from other cities into his own environment, aiming to become the best practice example regarding rehabilitation of the environment and diminishing of negative consequences of mining.
The 18th district of Budapest – Pestszentlőrinc-Pestszentimre – was founded in 1950 by combining two independent settlements. Today they host 22 residential quarter with a total of nearly 100.000 inhabitants. The 79% of the population lives in Pestszentlőrinc, while the 21% in Pestszentimre. The Péterhalmi forest lies between the 2 parts of the district. The district has mainly residential character with a majority of family houses, with more residential estates and some of the major industrial facilities.
Eurac Research is an advanced, private non-profit research and training centre established in 1992 in Bolzano (Italy) with about 370 collaborators from different nationalities. The centre has eleven institutes organized into four research areas: autonomies, mountains, technology and health. The Institute for Renewable Energy supports research on Sustainable Heating and Cooling Systems, Energy Efficient Buildings, Energy Retrofit of Historic Buildings, Photovoltaic Energy Systems and Urban and Regional Energy Systems.