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The District Burgenlandkreis in Saxony- Anhalt held local stakeholders’ consultations at the University of Applied Sciences Merseburg for the design of concerted action plans identifying and engaging energy management in the Public Sector in a more environmental-friendly direction. The Local Action Plan should be discussed in the  upcoming months, along the 2nd Energy Days organised in the District.

03 July, 2012, Merseburg – Devising and implementing sustainable energy policy is a challenging and time-demanding process which has to be systematically planned and continuously managed and requires collaboration and coordination among various departments in the local administration. A main challenge for a successful Local Action Plan (LAP) relies on the well concerted involvement of the different departments in the planning process. Since the AP has to be integrated in their everyday life i.e.: management of the local authority’s assets, internal and external communication, public procurements, etc. local administration is the Alpha & the Omega of the making of LAPs.  GovernEE partners organises regular stakeholder consultations in Local Focus Group (LFG) meetings.

EE & RES Action Plan identifies and assesses the local situation of energy and greenhouse gas emissions, together with the applicable national and furthermost local regulation framework and policies on EE and RES from both quantitative (number and volumes of buildings, evolution of their energy consumption…) and qualitative (regulation framework and policies, energy management policy, status of implementation of measures, awareness level…) aspects.

Focusing on the public building stock, the analysis of the regulation framework and policies will help to identify weaknesses, conflicts, as well as opportunities within rules and plans in order to reach the goals of increasing EE & RES (Baseline Review). Identifying the way the management and the energy management of buildings is performed and the level of awareness of the municipal departments towards EE & RES is another step in understanding how to develop a proper Local Action Plan to be implemented both at political and technical level.

A complete CO2 emission inventory of public buildings, based on actual energy consumption data, is a fundamental part of the review. A collection of a yearly time series energy consumption data together with an analysis of the investments and measures performed on the buildings contribute to build up the action plan in terms of quantitative information.

At the meeting, stakeholders from the District Burgenlandkreis presented a report on the progress and the mid-term evaluation of the project. Discussion ensued about the thematic approach that should be adopted for the preparation of the local action plan, related to Energy Efficiency & RES in Burgenlandkreis. Local dissemination is supported by a thorough media campaign; it’s concepts are closely debated with local stakeholders at the LFG meeting.

Last Updated (Friday, 14 September 2012 21:56)

 

In the ambit of the first “Energy Days” of the GovernEE project, CETA organized a study visit to the rural complex “Santa Giustina” at Marignana, in the Municipality of Sesto al Reghena (Province of Pordenone, Italy) The study visit took place on 15th June 2012 with the participation of representatives of different municipalities and public administrators.

The rural complex is a property of ATER of Pordenone (i.e. ATER is the public territorial body for the council houses that means the body which manage the social housing with the public funds support). The rural complex dates back to late 1400, even if the orientation of the complex could be addressed to the Romanian structures. Also some frescos are present in the main building (i.e. the master’s house); there are also some buildings for agricultural use, a smaller building called “Pesa”, more recent, and other structures. The degree of conservation was sufficient for recovery. Since 2007 the complex’s different buildings are partially managed under protection of the Cultural Heritage Office. In 2008 ATER bought the complex and presented a renovation project. The building benefited of retrofitting with an intervention based on the criteria of energy efficiency. Now it is used as a public residential building. CETA decided to organize the visit at the Complex of “Santa Giustina” because of the interesting renovation works taking into account energy efficiency considerations which ended by the restoration of 16 lodgings of public council houses.

 

 

For the realisation of the lodgings major issues had to be considered. First of all, energy saving. Starting from the assumption that the cleaner the energy, the less energy spared, higher attention has been directed to the building’s envelope which has been restored in order to obtain lower energy consumption index to the legal measurements. Seismic security was another point of view to be taken into account: even if the building was constrained by its protected status, the adaptation of the complex to the binding legislation on seismic risks had to be carried out. Last but not least, hydro-geological security had to be looking into. The intervention has been preceded by important analysis of the existent structures, including an accurate geological investigation of the building. The project’s economical feasibility was also considered since all reported issues have been faced by taking into consideration the financial factor, trying to realize the intervention by reference to the commonly directed budget allocations for such interventions.

During the first Energy Days, CETA organized workshop presentations at the Municipality of Sesto al Reghena. In this ambit Dr. Coassin, Town Councillor, introduced the event while Dr. Bello, Director of ATER, reported the importance of the intervention in Marignana, as an outstanding example of the preservation of old buildings. By transforming these into residential buildings, the terrain is no longer solicited for new constructions. CETA members presented the GovernEE project and the programme of the Energy Days before the visit. Two architects of ATER, Arch. Da Pieve and Arch. Liut, designers and planners of the intervention, presented in detail the characteristics of the historic building, the aspects that should be taken into consideration, the techniques used for the renovation and retrofitting, the final economic balance and the new energy efficiency class. At the end of the session, the visit started in the complex.

The intervention foresaw samplings on the plasters, on other materials, thermo-graphic analyses, structural analyses of walls and wooden beam floors, etc. The envelope insulation was done in the internal walls with mineral wools, wallboard and air bricks. A unique thermal plant was installed for all lodgings supplied with natural gas, but there are also thermal solar panels. The intervention allows getting an average of 54.04 KWh/m2/year. The better performing apartments belong to an energy efficiency class “B”. The building recovery was carried out in parallel with the artistic recovery (art. 10 of the Decree 42/2004 on protected sites). The Master house bear 6 lodgings, the agricultural building 10 and another open building has 16 boxes for cars emplacements, and there are also two pedestrian entrances. The interventions were carried out with the observation of criteria of good knowledge of the site under reconstruction (multidisciplinary criteria), of high technologies used for the investigation and of good materials & technologies of the intervention.

 

 

Low energy buildings with high CO2 saving potential still have a limited market uptake. This is one of the reasons why the Commission plans to focus strongly on the construction sector. On the occasion of the annual congress of the European Construction Industry Federation FIEC in Istanbul, the European Commission Vice-President Tajani presented today the main lines of a strategy to boost the competitiveness of the construction sector which will be presented after the summer. The proposed actions will include: 1) stimulating favourable investment conditions, in particular in the renovation and maintenance of buildings and infrastructures, by promoting financial instruments such as loan guarantees and project bonds as well as encouraging incentives at national level such as reduced VAT rates; 2) boosting innovation and improving worker's qualifications by promoting mobility and the circulation of information on curricula, employment market and employer's needs; 3) improving resource efficiency and environmental performance, promoting mutual recognition of sustainable construction systems in the EU; 4) providing standard design codes of practice to construction companies making it easier for them to work in other Member States; 5) fostering the global position of European construction enterprises to stimulate good performances and sustainable standards in third countries.

Last Updated (Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:37)

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EU - Central Europe project "GovernEE" closes its first series of campaign days in its Italian partner city Bologna, directing the public’s attention to improved governance schemes for energy management of public & historic buildings.

4th May 2012, Bologna: Hosted in the Italian renaissance city’s oldest historic locations such as Palazzo Merendoni, Oratorio San Filippo Neri and Quartiere San Vitale, the circle of conference organized on 2nd, 3rd and 4th May along GovernEE’s “Energy Days” has been addressing citizens on sustainable energy use in public buildings and on the general issue of sustainable living on a “space hit” Earth. Public debates were driven by Professors Marco Setti and Vincenzo Balzani from Bologna University as well as Alberto Piancastelli and Anna Pasini, urban architects. Organized by the Municipality of Bologna, as the European project GovernEE’s partner, Energy Days Final event under the welcome of Patrizia Gabellini, Councillor for Urban planning & Environment of the Municipality of Bologna, was dedicated to energy conservation & retrofitting in historic buildings. A showroom, displayed to inform and educate the broader public, has been proactively involving city dwellers during campaign days to realize unsustainable habits and how changes can be made.

Last Updated (Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:55)

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