Optimising the energy use of technical building systems

Unleashing the power of the EPBD’s Article 8

Published: 28/03/2017

If rate and depth of energy efficiency improvements in existing building continue on a business-as-usual path, a significant gap will remain both to the proposed binding 30% by 2030 energy efficiency target and to the massive reductions of greenhouse gas emissions for 2030 and 2050 as set out in the European Commission’s “Roadmap for moving to a competitive low-carbon economy in 2050”

In this report, Ecofys, a Navigant Company, has investigated how much an optimisation of the energy use of technical building systems (TBS) could contribute to closing that gap. TBS are the technical equipment for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water, lighting or for a combination thereof, of a building or building unit. The experts found that such an optimisation could yield significant energy savings and emissions reductions. Ecofys estimates an additional annual CO2 reduction potential of roughly 60 Mt by 2030 compared to business-as-usual just by consistent basic optimisation of TBS in existing buildings across the EU.

The study also includes policy recommendations – with a focus on the ongoing revision of the EPBD – on how to unleash the identified savings potential.

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Dr. Andreas H. Hermelink (Ecofys. A Navigant Company.) and Helge Schramm (Danfoss) presented the study results in a webinar hosted by Leonardo Energy on 25 April 2017. The recording can be watched here, the related slide deck can be found on slideshare.net: