Prerequisites for implementation

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Non-technical barriers for major energy renovations

There are many non-technical market barriers influencing the renovation rate in non-residential building sector, e.g. finding profitable investments, fear among investors of carrying out long-term investments, poor reliability of assessments on necessary investments and future yearly savings, lack of financial support and good business models supporting the investments. The different non-technical barriers have been identified among the different stakeholders in the participating countries in addition to investigating the possible methods for overcoming these barriers. The information was gathered by carrying out interviews and distributing survey questionnaires to different stakeholders in the participating countries.

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Local conditions and prerequisites for adopting the Total Concept method in Northern European countries

The Total Concept method is carried out in different steps, involving a number of different working moments, e.g. energy auditing, cost estimations, energy calculations, profitability analysis, energy saving package realisation, follow up, etc. The prerequisite conditions for carrying out these working moments and for adopting the Total Concept method can be somewhat different in the participating countries due to difference in building codes, existing guidelines for example air exchange rates and indoor climate and other building renovation requirements. These local conditions have been analyzed in more detail in the five Northern European countries in order to identify important input parameters for adapting the Total Concept method on the national level.

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Total Concept method implementation on and European scale

The aim of the current project is to initiate larger energy performance improvement projects in existing buildings and resolve the barriers for finding economically profitable solutions for investments for energy performance improvements in the non-residential building sector. From the different national experiences general recommendations have been developed for the implementation of the Total Concept method in Europe. The recommendations for Total Concept method implementation on a European scale should include:

  • Prerequisites and guidelines for successful implementation of Total Concept method in different countries.
  • Roles and involvement of different stakeholders and key actors within the Total Concept method implementation.
  • Guidelines for the use of Total Concept method tool-kit and its adaption to the specific national conditions.

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