Stakeholders working on energy efficiency in Sweden have found that they need an easier way to find out if EPC is a relevant tool for a specific building owner.
– We need to be as highly relevant as possible, when promoting tools for energy efficiency towards building managers, says Project Manager Marit Ragnarsson from Sweden. EPC can be a great tool for some actors, but spending time introducing the model just to find out it is not relevant in the actual case is a waste of time.
For EPC to be relevant a few basic components need to be in place, for example:
– Energy cost need to be high enough
– There should be a need for energy efficiency measures
– The legal rights to contract an EPC provider
– The acceptance of outsourcing the service
– Enough financial capacity
– Acting on the basis of long-term ownership
The EU project guarantEE has previous developed a web-based tool for target groups in an easy and quick way to find out if EPC is relevant for them. EFFECT4buidlings has developed the tool further to suit Swedish conditions, based on a dialogue with EPC providers.
– The web based pre check tool will help building owners/managers to find out themselves if EPC is relevant or not for them, says Marit Ragnarsson. The tool contains of ten questions. Based on the answers a result is presented with conclusions about EPC and recommendations how to move forward.
The tool can be found here: https://byggdialogdalarna.se/om-oss/projekt/effect4buildings/epc-snabbtest/
EFFECT4buildings is implemented with the support from the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Program 2014-2020 (European Regional Development Fund) and Norwegian national funding. The aim of the project is to improve the capacity of public building managers in the Baltic Sea Region by providing a comprehensive decision-making support toolbox with a set of financial instruments to unlock the investments and lower the risks of implementing energy efficiency measures in buildings owned by public stakeholders. For more information: http://www.effect4buildings.se
Text author: Marit Ragnarsson, EFFECT4buildings Project Manager, Länsstyrelsen Dalarnas län