"BEEP exemplifies the direct application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Energy Performance Contracting (EPC)", interview with Sorina Mortada

Sorina Mortada, the Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC)

The Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation (LCEC) is a partner in the BEEP project responsible for the preparation of Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) guidelines but it is also involved in other technical tasks of BEEP project. As a result, two pilot buildings were selected in Tripoli city, the "Municipality of Tripoli" and the "Rachid Karami Municipal Cultural Center" were different retroffiting measures have been considered: repairing the heating, ventilation & air conditioning system, replacing the fluorescent lamps with LED lamps, installing a solar water heater, adding photovoltaic panels, installing double glazing.

In Sorina's opinion, the BEEP project output will make a huge difference as a direct application of BIM for EPCs which will be disseminated on a national level. This would lead to enhancing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energies practices in public buildings.

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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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