The information system of the IMPULSE project is an online tool developed in the framework of the Interreg MED Programme 2014-2020. IMPULSE introduces an integrated management support system for planning energy efficiency interventions in public buildings.
The main challenge tackled is the insufficient capacities of public administrations to set-up reliable and affordable energy efficiency plans for their public building stock, which at local level is reflected by missing or incomplete Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs).
The project acknowledges the need for concrete decision-support solutions as well as the transnational approach needed to account for MED diversified conditions in buildings, energy solutions, climate, regulations, etc., towards the wider capturing of MED specificities.
The project's transnational approach foresees extensive testing in representative pilot MED Cities in 6 Countries (Municipality of Heraklion-Greece, City of Elche - Spain, City of Cannes - France, Municipality of Ravenna - Italy, City of Osijek - Croatia, City of Mostar - Bosnia and Herzegovina), of previously established methods for the conclusion of MED public building typologies accompanied with cost-optimal interventions and financial and gradual renovation plans.
The tool is GIS-based and it permits the user to see in a simple way the energy results of gradual energy upgrading investments for groups of public buildings.
With a database of calculation done with thermo-dynamical simulations on public building stocks for six Mediterranean pilot cities, the tool permits the user to enter his/her own building stock and make retrofit plans adapted to his/her needs and objectives.
NOTE: The tool is free and requires user registration.