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EU Public-Sector Experiences with Building Efficiency: Exploring Barriers to Performance Contracting and Deep Energy Retrofits

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Between November 2010 and March 2011, the IBE conducted research on European public-sector experiences with energy efficiency in buildings. A key objective was to identify the financial, organizational, legal and informational barriers to procuring public-sector building efficiency services, notably through EPC.

Building efficiency is widely acknowledged as a high-potential and costeffective means to increase Europe’s energy security, reduce carbon emissions, and create jobs. Europe’s public sector is being called upon to help realize this potential by playing a leading role in transforming the building stock towards better energy performance. One mechanism that has been put forward to support public-sector leadership on building efficiency – even in an era of tight fiscal policy and budget contraction – is energy performance contracting (EPC). To better understand the applicability of the EPC as a mechanism to accelerate building efficiency improvements in the EU public sector, the Institute for Building Efficiency (IBE) conducted a series of interviews and surveys with public officials in the UK, France and Germany.

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