Training event in Slovenia

On the 27th of June 2019, BSC Kranj in cooperation with the Local Energy Agency of Gorenjska (LEAG) carried out training for municipalities and professionals with the aim to increase the use of energy performance contracting for energy refurbishment of public buildings.

First part of the training was focusing on energy renovation of buildings that are owned by municipalities and could be refurbished in the form of EPC (Energy Performance Contracting) or public order. The main focus of the presentation was dealing with: selection of suitable buildings and decision on the implementation of partial measures or complete renovation, extended Energy Audits, actual versus calculated use of energy, maintenance and calculated versus actual energy savings.

Further on it was discussed what are the pros and cons when different municipalities are applying together for the EPC or public order:

  • Additional coordination
  • Potential failure of one of the municipalities to prepare all of the needed documentation
  • Inadequately calculated energy savings
  • Documentation cost savings - part of the documentation is implemented at the level of the operation
  • Comparison of projects, transfer of knowledge between project solutions
  • Savings must be achieved at the level of the operation
  • Sharing savings and costs
  • The amount of eligible costs relates to an operation rather than to an individual building
  • Transfer of knowledge and experience

In addition the role of the supervisor in the building refurbishment projects in the case of EPC (Energy Performance Contracting) or public order was presented and the tasks of supervisors were discussed.

The training was  focused also on the basics for selecting a private partner in the case of EPC. The process is divided in 2 phases:

  • Phase 1: Competences of the contractor: determining the needed qualification of the candidates (financial, technical, personnel)
  • Phase 2: competitive dialogue: the selection of measures; determining the working conditions (reliability of supply, safety and above all living comfort); Preparation of projects; a plan for measuring and controlling energy savings; the consumption and costs of energy, as well as the costs and scope of management and maintenance; adjustments related to the increase in living comfort; a plan for carrying out measurements by determining the measuring points; Implementation of the first round of competitive dialogue - an intermediate solution; Execution of the second round - final solutions.

During the event participants had the opportunity to test the EPC Simulation Tool developed by the STEPPING project which demonstrates and enables to compare different investment scenarios in order to reach balance between public and private investment in the energy refurbishment of public buildings.