Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund
European Union EU has an important challenge in trying to reach the energy efficiency objectives established for 2030 which plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to significant increase energy production from renewables and to improve energy efficiency. The European Commission (EC) urges the Member States to intensify their current efforts to ensure the collective achievement of these objectives, focusing in particular on buildings sector that has a significant potential for energy saving. At present, about 35% of the EU’s buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient. Renovation of existing buildings can contribute to significant energy savings and play a key role in the clean energy transition, while getting economic, social and environmental benefits and contributing to improve citizen’s health.
TEESCHOOLS – Transferring Energy Efficiency in Mediterranean Schools - is a European project implemented under the Interreg MED Programme in 7 Mediterranean countries: Italy, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Spain. It lasted three years and aimed to develop an integrated strategy for Mediterranean countries to simplify the energy renovation of public buildings by providing tools and trainings for Local Authorities (LA) to overcome technical and financial barriers. The construction of nZEB (Nearly Zero Energy Building) school buildings, in which the energy consumed is balanced by the energy produced from renewable resources is moreover promoted. TEESCHOOLS succeeded in the establishment of a common vision among technical and institutional project partners and the whole “Efficient Buildings” Mediterranean Community.
Main outputs of TEESCHOOLS project were:
- A user-friendly web tool* for stakeholders, LA technical staff, energy managers, which can also be used by non-experts, to perform simplified energy diagnosis of school buildings based on a minimum set of data on the building characteristics. The tool allows to perform a simplified evaluation of the building’s energy performance and to choose the improvement actions with the best cost / benefit ratio. The tool is adapted to Mediterranean climate zones and allow to calculate the improvement of carbon footprint of the building after its energy renovation
- An innovative database of BAT (Best Available Technics) for renovation of school buildings
- A 52 hours, freely accessible e-learning course on the efficient management of energy in buildings and on TEESCHOOOLS methodology
- A Policy recommendation document, which synthetizes the main problems, barriers and some best practices for the full exploitation of energy efficiency potential of public building in each partner country
TEESCHOOLS project focuses its attention on energy efficiency of school buildings, the ideal building to reach and train at the same time students, families and private users and to trigger effective behavioral changes. The project evidenced that besides the need to increase public incentives, is essential to:
- Overcome the lack of technical advice and internal skills for LA, establishing working teams at municipal or more aggregated administrative level to monitor the energy efficiency of public buildings and to build up financial opportunities by using funds that comes very often from different sources
- Simplify and standardize the procedures and the existing Legal Framework favoring the application of EPC or other contractual models which favor the synergies with private capital
- Appoint Energy Managers to public buildings at municipal or regional level
- Organize and promote information and training events to raise energy efficiency awareness among citizens and private owners