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Public Administrations (PA) have limited possibilities to raise policy-makers’ awareness on energy efficiency matters. Currently EE and RES related tasks are supported by consulting committees and advisory boards within municipal bodies. Appointing a team of staff members specialized in energy efficiency matters could give policy-makers a supportive framework regarding EE projects with a genuinely technical.


Based on the experience gained in GovernEE and the outcomes of training and coaching activities carried out within the project, the main tools and actions supporting the PA have been identified as follows:

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The Transnational Feasibility Study (TFS) explores the technological, financial, environmental, and institutional aspects of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RES) based solutions in heating of public, in particular historic, buildings. Findings regarding possible interventions on increasing RES and EE while reducing energy waste are compiled in this main output and linked to the other results of the project. These include the pilot studies realised in Bologna and Quedlinburg, the conclusion of the best practices and the guidelines for the elaboration of local energy plans.

Today a number of technologies are implemented to support EE measures and the use of RES in historic buildings without affecting the characteristics of the buildings. Historic buildings generally waste large amounts of energy in terms of heating because of old insulation materials and structures allowing outside dispersion. In Europe, the existing building stock is huge and renovations often consist of only structural, functional or esthetical improvements with no regard to energy performance levels and measuring. This is mainly due to expected additional renovation costs, binding conservation issues and legal constraints, the complexity of technical solutions and lack of knowledge incumbent to feasibility and operation on heritage sites. Targeted solutions and best practices show that the integration of EE and RES can also contribute to the protection of artistic and cultural aspects of historic buildings, as presented in the report. The report presents two best practices that are case studies developed in the ambit of the GovernEE project: insulation works of the  Palazzo D’Accursio in Bologna and the integration of photovoltaic panels on Quedlinburg’s protected buildings’ roofs.

Last Updated (Monday, 23 September 2013 11:35)

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The Cross-sectoral Policy Recommendations and the Policy Recommendations regarding Historic Building Blocks are core out­puts of GovernEE. They set out a series of requirements regarding the appropriate administrative, legal and financial frameworks enabling an effective decision-making and planning processes on energy efficiency (EE) and the use of renewable energy sources (RES) for public heating systems.

The cross-sectoral Recommendations present an efficient joint proposal to address a common European challenge and aim to assist policy- and decision makers in taking operational measures to support effective planning. The key questions are how EE in heating could be improved in historic buildings and what measures should be taken to bridge legislative gaps in this domain. This latter, i.e. overcoming legal bottlenecks, is a highly crucial issue to be addressed when dealing with energy related decisions.

Proposals are formulated on all relevant policy levels, European, national and local, of the public sector as a main energy consumer. The operation of Public Administrations (PA) often involves a building stock with historic dwellings and thus with inefficient heating systems. For them, initiatives in the field of EE and RES are of primary importance. Also, policy-makers in the public sector, in muni­cipal institutions in particular, have a pivotal role in highlighting energy matters in relation to sustainable urban development and in setting good examples. In this respect, GovernEE paves the way for the improvement of the decision-making process and competen­ce-planning, as well as the awareness-raising and commitment of policy-makers on all levels. These are important aspects of good governance, which is the overarching goal of GovernEE.


Last Updated (Monday, 23 September 2013 11:48)

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The GovernEE  Project Partnership cordially invites you to participate at the GovernEE Project Final Conference: “Energy Efficient buildings: even more important in times of economical crisis?

The primary purpose of the event is to highlight the great challenges the EU and Hungary is facing in the energy field and how European Projects and GovernEE in particular, are giving an answer to this issue. The conference will be held on the 3rd of July, 2013 in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary.

Last Updated (Thursday, 23 May 2013 21:49)

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