Planning Energy Renovation projects of Public Buildings

On 13th and 14th of May 2021, the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES) and the University of Patras – Department of Civil Engineering from Greece, partners of the Efficient Buildings Community, organized the main educational and training sessions of the Greek Efficient Buildings Living Lab (EBLL) entitled “Planning Energy Renovation projects of Public Buildings”.

The  two-day Living Lab was mainly addressed to personnel of public authorities / public entities and its aim was to discuss the supportive framework for the design and implementation of energy renovation projects of public buildings in Greece and present the existing methodologies and tools that can be used to support public authorities in developing, implementing and monitoring energy renovation plans for their public building stock. The presented results were developed mainly in the framework of Interreg MED modular projects and focused on methodologies and tools for preparing cost-effective energy renovation plans for the public building stock (IMPULSE project), on financial evaluation of energy investments and financing schemes (SISMA project), on prioritizing energy investments in Public Buildings (PrioritEE project) and on online capitalization platforms to further exploit already available EU projects’ results (SHERPA project).

20 members of the Greek EBLL representing 11 public and private entities from Greece participated actively in the sessions. The sessions were online and a participatory process was followed that enabled the participants not only to collect useful technical information, but also to select the appropriate results and tools that they will adopt to facilitate the planning of the energy upgrade of the public building stock in their territories. With this approach, the participating Municipalities, Regions and other public entities had the opportunity to "co-create" the "product" that is most suitable for their needs, but also to strengthen cooperation, networking and exchange of know-how and experiences.