How to engage public administrations to energy renovate their heritage buildings


On the 8th and 9th of June 2022, the Royal Scientific Society / National Energy Research Centre hosted the 6th BEEP project partners' meeting that was held in Amman, Jordan. The meeting was attended by the entities participating in the project from 7 Mediterranean countries: Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt.

The partners discussed in Jordan how to engage public administrations to energy renovate their public heritage buildings by taking advantage of the benefits of BIM technology and financial solutions such as “Energy Performance Contracting (EPCs)”.

They all agree that strong support from the government is critical for the successful development and deployment of complex technology systems. However, the implementation of BIM lags far behind its potential due to the existence of various barriers. Therefore, the signing of “Memorandums of Understanding” with different public administrations is a priority in this final stage of the project, ensuring the real adoption of the BEEP methodology.

About the BEEP project:

BEEP project aims at strengthening the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to enhance energy efficiency in buildings. The testing of this emerging technology on built heritage will be performed to demonstrate its scalability to the entire building stock. The project will provide public administrations with a powerful method for the energy rehabilitation of public buildings to be supported with private funds through the Energy Performance Contracting (*). The project main outcome will be an innovative methodology based on the integration of emerging technologies tested on 9 heritage public buildings located in Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.

(*) Energy performance contracting (EPC) is a mechanism for organising the energy efficiency financing. The EPC involves an Energy Service Company (ESCO) which provides various services, such as finances and guaranteed energy savings. The remuneration of the ESCO depends on the achievement of the guaranteed savings. The ESCO stays involved in the measurement and verification process for the energy savings in the repayment period. ESCO and energy performance contracting are mostly found in the public sector and to a lesser extent in the industrial and commercial building sectors (Hilke and Ryan, 2012). Source: European Comission

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