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How Energy Efficiency can sometimes reduce buildings’ value

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We used to say that a more efficient building tends to be a more valuable building. It happened that PACE framework in the US already proved the opposite.

We’ve already delved into US PACE framework. However, in this very interesting BLOOMBERG NEW ENERGY FINANCE article, you’ll see how sometimes things can be counter-intuitive.

 

Insulation plays an essential role in both comfort and energy savings. In order to get the most for your [Client’s] money, it is important to make sure that the [building] has the right amount of insulation. This infographic will give you a better idea of insulation [principle].

Enjoy this educational infographic. It should give you ideas to make similar infographics and use them to promote your solutions.

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WellHome

This infographic is very well-made. However can we conclude that insulation is systematically a must-to? What should be the best tradeoff between different Energy Conservation Measures such as insulation or active systems efficiency improvements or behavioural demand response? We’ll see in a forthcoming post how grey energy can help local authorities and firms make the best long-term choice.

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13 startups Electrical Manufacturers should hate soon

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We are in 2018 and some of the biggest electrical equipments and Building Management Systems firms had burst, leaving the room to very young blooming startups, for some of them created less than 5 year ago. Would you want to work for one of these unfortunate big formerly top-in-the-class firms? You want to turn around and not stay on the side of the road?

Delve into the Non Intrusive Appliances Load Monitoring area. As seen in a previous post, NIALM technologies are processes for desegregating power and deducing what appliances are used in a building through a single metering point. Look at these up-and-coming startups. We should talk a lot about them very soon:

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The World in 2030 with or without Energy Efficiency

“Energy efficiency is the most important single future source of energy to supply the growing energy demand and to protect the climate. Being energy efficient in industry, mobility and housing will offer the biggest potential to use energy more efficient.”

Everybody try to be convinced of this point. But what would be our future with or without Energy Efficiency? Energy consumption and CO2 emissions should both increase by more than 50% in 2030.

In this straightforward and educational video podcast by BASF, you’ll find comprehensive practical examples of Energy Conservation Measures in manufactories, transport, household and some convincing key messages.

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What if you could breakdown electricity consumption with one meter only

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What if it was possible to get the power consumption breakdown by electricity usage of a building, based on a single sensor? What if all submetering systems became obsolete because of one signal processing technology? Today, this comes true thanks to NIALM (Non Intrusive Appliances Load Monitoring) technologies.

NIALM technologies are processes for desagregating power and deducing what appliances are used in a building through a single metering point.

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Nobody wants to pay for smart home stuff

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Hard Graft

Citing Jesse BERST, “utilities could get sucked into the smart appliances trap just as several of them fell for the in-home display idea. It doesn’t make sense for utilities to subsidize products that consumers don’t want. And consumers don’t want smart appliances.” Indeed, everybody talk about smart stuff, dozens of startups try to break into the smart home market, and no smash hit is coming.  Why?

As Beth BUCZYNSKI said, “are smart appliances worth the big investment?” It seems that the industry hasn’t yet provided a killer app everybody would be happy to pay to have it.

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Why EU local authorities can pull the Energy Efficiency market up

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Because it represents a large field of experimentation EU Member States’ Governments can control and because local authorities have less and less enough budget to manage on a daily basis their assets, property asset is strongly exposed to the evolutions of the regulations on energy and climate.

75% of the global cost of the local and regional authorities energy consumption concerns buildings. Brought back to m², the annual costs in energy consumption of European towns property asset stagnate around 10 €.

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The 10 blogs every Energy Efficiency experts should subscribe to

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Reasons why people spend their free time writting posts on Energy Efficiency frenetically are numerous: passion, willingness to share, desire to raise others’ awareness, just the pleasure to show off, expectation to become an expert, monetisation… 🙂

Whatever their reasons are, I feel very happy to have met these blogs on my road. They are all insightful showing a high level of expertise. Hope this post will help widen our community. And actually, I said 10 blogs but I’m not able to choose only 10 amongst them. So these are my 12 favorites. 😉

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Reduce maintenance costs by enabling occupants to do it

We saw in a previous post, that taking the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator can be fun and how we can get more people to take the stairs over the escalator by making it fun to do. Let’s see this time how you could reduce maintenance costs of your building by using some fun tips to push people into taking part of this a priori boring activity.

Let’s see an example of how to throw rubbish in the bin instead of onto the floor. Indeed many people still fail to do so. Can we get more people to throw rubbish into the bin, rather than onto the ground, by making it fun to do? See the results here.

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By the way, what’s a smart meter?

Smart Metering illustration

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Everybody talk about Smart Meters. But practically speaking, what the hell is that? We all see what a meter is. It’s a stuff that measures something, in particular electricity, but not only. However, what’s the difference between Smart Energy and a Smart meter? What makes a meter “smart”? What are the benefits for customers? Why are the traditional meters being replaced with smart meters?

A smart meter is a digital electric meter often equipped with wireless communications technology. This allows Consumers Energy to communicate with smart meters remotely so that certain service requests can be completed faster, such as meter reading, service connections and outage notifications.

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How the Energy Efficiency Directive boosts a European Standard for Energy Audits

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ISO

There are many different standards around the world in terms of Energy Audits. But as far as I know, none of them provide a comprehensive transparent scheme both for energy services companies (ESCOs) and customers whatever the assets is. The 2012 European Energy Efficiency Directive provides a incentivising legal framework to help one standard become a worldwide reference.

An energy audit is an important step (the first one) for an organisation willing to improve its Energy Efficiency, and reduce its energy consumption.

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There isn’t one Energy Efficiency Building market in France

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Buildings in France, as worldwide, account for a high 40% of global energy consumption. Large and attractive opportunities exist to reduce buildings’ energy use at lower costs and higher returns than other sectors. These reductions are fundamental to support achieving the European Union’s 20-20-20 for 2020 policy and the International Energy Agency’s target of a 77% reduction in the planet’s carbon footprint against the 2050 baseline to reach stabilized CO2 levels called for by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.