ManagEnergy Thematic Group on Buildings

In January 2008, ManagEnergy enhanced its emphasis on a thematic approach to services for local and regional energy actors with the launch of three ManagEnergy Thematic Groups (TGs) covering Energy Education, Buildings and Transport and Mobility during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). The TGs met in Brussels for a second time at the beginning of June 2008 and for a third time in early October 2008. The TGs on Education and Transport each hosted a workshop during EUSEW 2009 at the beginning of February 2009.

Further information about the Thematic Group on Buildings can be found below:

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Objectives of the Thematic Group on Buildings


The ManagEnergy Thematic Group on Buildings is developing a tool to help local and regional energy agencies promote high-energy performance dwellings (passive houses) among key stakeholder groups in all EU Member States. While the technology to create passive houses already exists, progress is hindered by the slow pace of behavioural change among key actors involved in constructing and refurbishing public and private buildings.

Deliverables from the Thematic Group on Buildings


 Passive houses: the need for behavioural change

     Passive houses: the need for behavioural change

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 Passive houses in the social housing sector: examples and success stories

     Passive houses in the social housing sector: examples and success stories

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Members of the Thematic Group on Buildings


The thematic group is composed of six members, under the coordination of Stefan Olson from the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden, as follows:

Stefan Olsson (coordinator) works for the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden, Ltd. He has been a technical consultant specialising in energy-efficient buildings for more than 20 years. For the past three years, he has acted as the technical coordinator for the EU-funded Sustainable Energy Systems in Advanced Cities (SESAC) project in co-operation with the cities of Delft (The Netherlands), Grenoble (France) and Växjö (Sweden).

Energikontor Sydost AB
Stefan Olsson: Stefan.Olsson[at]energikontor-so.com

Seamus Hoyne, the managing director of Tipperary Energy Agency Ltd in Ireland, has been involved in the development of sustainable energy projects since 1996.  He has also participated in the development and promotion of sustainable energy with North and South Tipperary County Councils.

TEA - Tipperary Energy Agency Ltd
Seamus Hoyne: shoyne[at]tea.ie

Katarzyna Grecka, the vice-president of Baltycka Agencja Poszanowania Energii SA (BAPE) in Poland, has participated in a number of sustainable energy projects. In addition, she has been involved in the implementation of energy auditing schemes in Poland's Pomerania region since 1998.

BAPE promotes and implements sustainable energy and energy efficiency in co-operation with local communities, heating companies and building owners/administrators in Pomerania. This has entailed refurbishing housing and public buildings, as well as undertaking energy planning for communities.

BAPE - Baltycka Agencja Poszanowania Energii SA
Katarzyna Grecka: kgrecka[at]bape.com.pl

Andreas Hermelink is a consultant in the field of energy in the built environment at Ecofys Germany GmbH, which specialises in energy saving and renewable energy solutions. Over the past ten years, he has mainly dealt with passive houses, the energy-related behaviour of dwellers and life-cycle assessments. Before joining Ecofys, he was the project manager of the well-known EU-funded Solar-supported, integrated eco-efficient renovation of large residential buildings and heat-supply-systems (SOLANOVA) project.

Ecofys GmbH
Andreas Hermelink: Hermelink[at]gmx.net

Ursula Hartenberger, EU affairs manager, and Laura Lindberg, communication officer, at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) are actively involved in the Surveying sustainability and building a low-carbon environment project which aims to raise awareness and promote the benefits of energy efficiency in the building sector. RICS (UK) is a recognized partner and media associate of the EU's sustainable energy campaign and a partner of the BUILD UP Web Portal. Among many other publications, RICS has published a status report on the implementation of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) in the EU's 27 Member States.

RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Ursula Hartenberger: uhartenberger[at]rics.org
Laura Lindberg: llindberg[at]rics.org

Michel Gibert works for OPAC 38 (FR), a social housing company. The OPACs (Office publics d’aménagement et de construction) are public bodies which build or manage blocks of flats on behalf of or in collaboration with the state or local authorities. They focus on high environmental standards and sustainability in their buildings.

OPAC 38 - Public Housing Company
Michel Gibert: michel.gibert[at]opac38.fr