It’s time to awake a sleeping giant. The new study from Ecofys shows that Europe holds an enormous potential in its buildings when it comes to energy savings. We can unlock the opportunities hidden behind concrete, glass and steel - and make massive savings, jobs and better places to live for ourselves.
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We spend most of our time in buildings – working shopping, learning, sleeping. It’s not surprising, therefore, that these buildings consume a lot of energy.Most of this is used to heating, cooling and ventilation, through technologies known as technical building systems. If these are incorrectly installed, poorly maintained or managed inefficiently, then the whole building, and its occupants, can suffer as a result.
It doesn’t need to be this way. Simple improvements could help reduce energy waste, cut costs, and make our buildings healthier, more comfortable and more productive places to be.
of total EU energy consumption used to heat and cool our buildings
of the EU’s carbon emissions comes from buildings
of an average household’s energy bill spent on heating and cooling
spent by EU citizens on space and water heating per year
people in the EU struggle to heat their homes
EU citizens living in buildings with hazardous concentrations of pollutants due to inefficient ventilation
There are technologies available that have been proven to make our buildings and the systems within them more efficient, yet they are still missing in most buildings.Optimizing technical building systems not only makes building environments more efficient, it empowers building users to better understand their environment – proactively managing their energy usage and maintaining a healthy, comfortable and productive living environment, adjusted to their liking.
The cost for these technologies is low and they can be easily retrofitted in buildings, while the energy and cost saving benefits can be remarkable.
Space heating Individual room controls; automatic hydronic balancing; speed-controlled pumps
Hot waterAutomatic thermal balancing
Air conditioningIndividual room controls; speed-controlled compressors
VentilationVariable demand control
40% savings on energy bill with pressure independent balancing and control.
Record savings on central heating consumption (SFH)
Spanish Hypermarket Cuts CO2 Emissions 65%
50% energy reduction for Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals
For towns and municipalities
For property owners, engineers and consultants
For the EU and EU member states
Now is the time to act
The review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) presents an unmissable opportunity to accelerate the optimization of technical building systems. This is most cost-effective pathway towards achieving our targets.
With renewables predicted to supply 27% of our energy by 2030, the move to smart, flexible energy systems is a necessity.
By turning commercial buildings into flexible energy providers, we can bridge the gap between supply and demand, reduce costs for consumers and help system operators to integrate renewables.
Danfoss solutions deployed in supermarkets can make the uptake of wind and solar power more efficient by storing energy in cooling batteries, offering additional flexibility to grid operators
Supermarkets can also utilize the surplus heat from CO2 refrigeration units to heat space and domestic water – either in their own buildings, or by feeding into the local district heating system.