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Home Our News CETA shares public buildings' energy management concerns with Udine Focus Group

CETA organizes GovernEE project’s 2nd Local Focus Group meeting at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Handcraft of Udine

Udine, 9th October 2012 - The programme of the event was articulated around the presentation of Dr. Alessia Vecchiet from CETA (Bologna) on the GovernEE project, the partnership, the aims of the project and also the activity in progress with some results already obtained. A presentation by Eng. Elisa Nuzzo, external expert of CETA, for EE and energy audit of the buildings and sustainability protocols, described the tool developed in the ambit of the project under the work package “Monitoring system and financial evaluation framework to assess and evaluate energy efficiency programs related to public heating”. Ms Nuzzo presented the guidelines for public administrations, via a case study.

The ensuing debate and discussion session in a round table involving all participants took place, moderated by the chairman Arch. Maurizio Trevisan, external expert of CETA. During the debate, the Municipality of Pocenia reported their interest in taking energy saving measures and in which actions could be performed on old sites, gym buildings and on school buildings of more than 20 years' old. Participants showed high interest in how GovernEE tools worked and requested support in energy planning measures on behalf of their Municipality.

With regard to the energy performance of buildings, representatives from the Municipality of Udine explained their experience in “ClimaHaus” protocol which they have been using for the past 2 years. Member of the Covenant of Mayors, the city has already planned energy consumptions and set targets to be reached by 2020. The Municipality explained how this certification protocol worked while GovernEE partner institute CETA (Bologna) presented the GovernEE tool, which can be easily used by the PA for evaluations, for example in case of tendering.

The WWF – FVG Regional President commented that the tool should be implemented with reference to pollution parameters. The most important aspects were indeed related to the costs of the consumption of fuel in relation to the environment. The importance in the maintenance and renovation of old buildings and of the envelope were critical aspects. As WWF said it was an absolute necessity of having a legislative framework listing the mandatory interventions regarding the insulation of the buildings. Energy saving should be a priority before even RES considerations. WWF underlined that a serious regional plan was still missing.

The Municipality of Faedis declared to plan their interventions on the basis of a comprehensive energy plan, consultations and support. They would like to make interventions on schools and other buildings built in the 70's. The Municipality of Aviano declared the same interest in using biomasses because these resources could be found on the territory of the municipality. The city is interested in joining the Covenant of Mayors: it is planning to establish an energy plan for the municipality, mainly for public lighting management, interventions for building efficiency and also the use of RES. The city is interested in having support in the energy audits of its buildings to better decide on priorities.

For Federconsumatori the importance and criticism correlated with the constraints affecting historic buildings is a crucial issue which needs to be solved both at national and regional levels. There is no homogeneity since different levels of constraints, either high or low, are applicable at different areas or places. Also historic buildings bear with many technical problems. The tool could be very interesting in a first round for initial evaluations. Another important thing is the dissemination of information, not just at public level but among the population because often families don’t know about incentives or saving opportunities.

ATER (Pordenone) showed confusion since too many protocols, different subjects and a broad legislation governs buildings EE and RES use. They demonstrated high interest on evaluation tools for projects and interventions and highly appreciated the tool developed by GovernEE. It is important regarding the choices and the priorities that could be made. The parameters used in this tool, should be implemented on a bigger spectrum: urban, district, neighbourhood and municipality levels beyond the single buildings. There was a high interest also on the “Firma Energetica” (Energy Signature) regarding monitoring. According to ATER, monitoring tools should be compulsory for Public Administration. Also, parameters such as those having consideration to the environment should be taken into account beyond the energetic and economic parameters. ATER expressed interest in using the tool in a broader context, i.e. for the re-qualification of urban areas and the drafting of investments plans.

ARES of FVG found GovernEE’s tool interesting, with a good study approach and considered that the suggested protocol should be used in urbanism by public bodies. They appreciated that the parameters and indicators in the GovernEE tool were flexible and found important to consider both qualitative & quantitative parameters for evaluations. More attention has to be given to the envelope of the building and interventions that are made regarding insulation. The Green Energy Audit considers also environmental parameters. The protocol should also include measures for home automation and foresee the use of ICT tools in the management of housing’s indoor conditions.

Gorizia Engineers profession’s representative suggested including to the tool parameters regarding the monitoring of the options allowed to improve the interventions on buildings and to monitor the interventions themselves. Public Administration generally evaluates offers form the point of view of finances without looking at technical innovations also taking into account an integrative approach of interventions. The tool could be used not just by PAs during tendering or evaluation processes but also by the implementing company directly in charge of carriyin gout the interventions.

Udine, October 9, 2012.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 12 December 2012 16:39)

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