The GENERATION project, ‘Green ENERgy AudiTIng for a LOw CarboN Economy’, supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the POWER Programme, is a 24-month project whose main goal is the improvement and enhancement of building energy audits in four EU regions (Andalusia in Spain, South-East England in the United Kingdom, Emilia-Romagna in Italy and Malopolska in Poland). Together with an Advisory Board set up with experts coming from the four participating regions, project partners will bring together local and regional experience to deliver an innovative methodology (“Simplified Energy Audit”) that will facilitate the assessment of the energetic performance of buildings.
The project aims to contribute to the EC Climate and Energy package, which contains targets of 20-20-20% reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and increased share of renewables by 2020. The building sector, responsible for about 40% of the EU’s total final energy consumption and CO2 emissions, provides many cost-efficient opportunities for action, while contributing at the same time to the welfare of EU citizens. The sector has significant untapped potential for cost-effective energy savings which, if realized, would mean that in 2020 the EU will consume 11% less final energy.
The Methodology of the GENERATION project is based on determining the energy consumption of the building under study by means of thermal energy demand calculation. This calculation uses typical data such as walls types, windows, orientation, occupancy, and facilities; data which can be obtained easily by building managers and users. The main goal of this Methodology is to calculate and compare actual energy consumption with electricity and fuel bills in order to evaluate the status and efficiency of HVAC systems and facilities. The difference between actual and theoretical consumption allows energy auditors to evaluate the causes of a lack of energy efficiency in different areas of the building. Auditors can then propose energy saving measures in order to improve the building’s energy status, with the final aim of reducing CO2 emissions.
The Environment Centre (tEC)
Contact person: Gemma Cave
Tel: +44 23 8033 6199
Provincia di Modena
Contact person: Fabio Cervi
Tel: +39 059 209572
Akademia Gorniczo-Hutnicza w Krakowie - AGH University of Science and Technology
Contact person: Marek Stefan
Tel: (+ 4812) 2854999