Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is a well-tested and successful tool that has been helping building owners reach their energy and climate targets more quickly than with traditional implementation of energy saving measures.
Still there is potential for more use of EPC to reach unrealised saving potential in public sector.
To promote the use of EPC, this guide introduces an improved implementation model based on the present market situation and experiences in Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
The main novelty aspect being contract-based partnership during the analysis phase of EPC projects.
Reaching our energy and climate targets in a rapid and efficient manner should be an overriding public goal in today's climate situation.
Yet resent findings show that many public building owners are reluctant to implement EPC despite large documented saving potential and prior successes with the EPC model.
Increasing the use of EPC requires efforts to introduce it among building owners, deepen their knowledge about EPC and hence raise their interest and trust in the model.
It calls for an emphasis on disseminating relevant information about the savings potential of existing building stock, knowledge of the different implementation models and their pros and cons, along with the new user friendly tools and instruments now available.
The EPC guide includes a description of adapted tender documents proposing new selection criteria better suited to the goals of public building owners, as well as contract templates, an EPC presentation and a step-by-step guideline for starting up an EPC project – all gathered in a tangible EPC toolbox.
The EPC Guide and toolbox was develped in the framework of the Interreg project EFFECT4buildings, providing building owners and managers with a set of financial tools and instruments to support the implementation of more energy efficiency measures, developed, and improved through real cases.