Country: Greece

 

From Greece three organizations, the Centre of Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace (REMTH) and the Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) participated in the ELIH-Med project. The selected pilot buildings for the large scale ELIH-Med energy efficiency experimentation are located on the edge of the city of Komotini, in the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace,  inside Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) campus on the edge of the city.

City

Komotini

Greece
Komotini is a city in Thrace, northeastern Greece, situated near the Greek-Turkish border. It is the administrative centre of the Regional Unit of Rhodope, in the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace. The city stands at an altitude of 32-38m on the Thracian plain near the foothills of the Rhodope Mountains. According to the 2011 census, the population of the Municipality of Komotini amounts to nearly 67,000. An established University city, Komotini is home to the Democritus University of Thrace, with a total of over 15,000 students.
 
A temperate climate is found in Thrace, at such places as Komotini, Xanthi, and northern Evros, with cold, damp winters and hot, dry summers. With 18°C as a reference temperature, the annual average heating degree days in Komotini are 1821.

 

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of the existing buildings’ characteristics and energy performance was based on information collected from the following sources:
  - Architectural and building services design drawings
  - On-site visits and energy audits of the building envelope and building systems characteristics
  - Discussions with the Directorate of Technical Services of DUTH
  - Discussions and walkarounds with the buildings’ manager and technical / maintenance personnel
  - Questionnaire (on energy and comfort conditions) ‘BEFORE refurbishment' given to building users
  - Historical energy bills (oil and electricity) for the buildings
 
The pilot buildings were constructed in 1985-1988 and the construction of the main building elements is shown on the table below:

On the basis of the information collected, the initial indications concerning the pilot buildings’ energy performance were:
- thermally inefficient existing building envelope (concrete frame & masonry), with significant thermal losses in winter
- insufficient control of the space heating system, not accounting for varying heat loads per space/orientation
- energy consuming incandescent lamps in the student rooms
- conventional oil boilers used to provide DHW (same as for space heating)
 
To assess the energy performance of each pilot building, detailed energy analysis was undertaken using the Greek national simulation software TEE-KENAK, accredited for energy assessment and certification, in line with the Greek Buildings’ Energy Efficiency Regulations.
The energy analysis has shown that 4 of the Students’ buildings can be classified as Energy Class E and one classified as Energy Class D (primary energy consumption between ~700-770 kWh/m2/yr). 
 
Tips:
A thermal comfort questionnaire was given to building users (students / technical personnel), to assess ‘BEFORE refurbishment’ conditions. General questions were included to assess the profile of the respondents, and more specific questions regarding use of the building and perception of comfort.

Guidelines

Recommendation 2 -

Stimulate EU Mediterranean labelling and/or certification for social housing

 

Recommendation 18 -

Mandate the use of dynamic calculation in addition to separate metering and monitoring devices, for a more accurate assessment during the diagnosis

Recommendation 19 -

Consider comfort and health improvement as major criteria of project success, as well as energy efficiency

Recommendation 20 -

Organize a services' offer to drive diagnosis, to implement labelling, to collect and analyze smart meter data

Recommendation 21 -

Take into consideration the cooling demand according to climatic specificities

Recommendation 22 -

Improve record-keeping systems in order to facilitate the access to existing buildings stock design information and data. Create a common database.

Recommendation 27 -

Require a sustainable and broader vision, integrating social and economic factors in addition to resources efficiency 

Recommendation 29 -

Implement an energy audit and assessment at neigbourhood scale (physical interaction with the surrounding buildings, green spaces, infrastructure, wind…), in addition to the dwelling scale

Recommendation 64 -

Develop consistent objectives and precise results to achieve, in terms of: energy efficiency, comfort, health and social improvement

Recommendation 65 -

Implement a diagnosis in a labelling approach

Recommendation 66 -

Take into account technical, structural and architectural criteria during the audits

Recommendation 67 -

Take into consideration comfort improvement - including summer comfort - through a detailed questionnaire for the inhabitants and trough monitoring equipment

Recommendation 68 -

Implement a more accurate survey about the owners behaviours regarding their ''hand made'' heating systems (individual fuel and electric devices, wood, etc.) and cooling systems

Recommendation 70 -

Involve inhabitants at diagnosis' stage

Recommendation 71 -

Regularly feed regional databases on the smart metering and surveys results

Recommendation 73 -

Take the opportunity to work on energy efficiency issues, while a structural building audit is implemented, especially on building stock built before the 70's

Recommendation 74 -

Take into consideration accessiblity issues in the audit because of the population ageing

Recommendation 124 -

Enhance professionals cooperation in order to maximize data accuracy on electricity and gas during audits 

Recommendation 134 -

Require a buildings Energy-Efficiency regulation focuses on energy savings to achieve for new or renovated housing 

Recommendation 135 -

Mandate "as-built" reports by the constructor, when refurbishment is completed, on the building envelope, systems and energy performance



Target

Refurbishment project managers , Public authorities

Stakeholders involvement

To ensure the success of the pilot projects, a participative process is exploited to involve actively local relevant stakeholders in the large scale pilot experimentation. The two main elements of the participative process are:
- the Territorial Management Group (TMG), composed by local key stakeholders, in charge of analysing innovative financial options and technical solutions, and
  monitoring the implementation of pilot projects.
- the Pilot Project Participative Group (PPCG): grouped by direct/indirect beneficiaries of the pilot projects, expresses the real needs and problems experienced in the
  buildings selected as the pilot projects. The PPCG is able to help the TMG to develop and adjust the pilot project action plan based on the real needs.
 
In line with the ELIH-MED project methodology, the users of the Student residences’ pilot buildings and other interested regional stakeholders were invited to participate in a Pilot Project Collaborative Group (PPCG), so as to actively follow the progress of the pilot project. Users include both the inhabitants of the pilot buildings (students) as well as the administrative and technical personnel responsible for the operation and maintenance of the buildings. An animation team was formed to facilitate the PPCG meetings; the team includes representatives of the 3 Greek partners (CRES, DUTH and REMTH) as well as the manager of the Student residence buildings.
 
A Territorial Management Group (TMG) was also formed, to monitor the pilot project implementation in Greece. In the TMG, representatives of the three Greek ELIH-MED project partners participated, as well as relevant stakeholders /entities involved in the implementation of the project.
The table below summarises the activities carried out by the TMG and PPCG groups in Komotini.

 

 

Guidelines

Recommendation 2 -

Stimulate EU Mediterranean labelling and/or certification for social housing

 

Recommendation 4 -

Promote inhabitants involvement in housing renovation regulations with dedicated funds

Recommendation 7 -

Implement an integrated approach of low income households focused on:

  • economic situation,
  • health conditions,
  • employment, etc.

Recommendation 28 -

Implement a Territorial Professional Management Group:   

  • Involving: contracting authorities, private sector, and professionals 
  • Offering training services in order to disseminate good practices,     
  • Promoting innovative processes,    
  • Contributing to local technical methodologies, etc.

Recommendation 31 -

Drive low income private owners awareness campaigns:                

  • Sharing vocabulary, knowledge and experiences;
  • Explaining refurbishment process;
  • Training them to use monitoring devices/smart meters;
  • Facilitating access to diagnosis' services and to retrofiting public and private funds;
  • Implementing financial incentives to drive awareness campaigns

Recommendation 32 -

Involve owner representatives in the selection process because there is a majority of low-income private owners hardly reachable

Recommendation 33 -

Work especially with tenants directly paying their energy bills

Recommendation 34 -

Take into consideration that energy efficiency is a secondary concern, compared with residents' daily priorities

Recommendation 35 -

Mandate owners commitment and transparency on their income and energy bills, in order to apply to retrofitting processes

Recommendation 77 -

Implement Territorial Management Groups at the beginning of the project:                     

  • Involving public authorities, key private stakeholders (as PV, banks, net metering and utility companies); inhabitants' representatives and social services;
  • Reinforcing their involvement in the process;                                              
  • Implementing a global approach in technical, social and administrative terms;
  • Participating to the monitoring process

Recommendation 78 -

Undertake thermographic surveys as part of the energy audits, in order to better implement energy performance diagnosis

Recommendation 79 -

Inform inhabitants on the basis of a global involvement strategy, through Participative Groups meetings, awareness tools, events, etc.

Recommendation 80 -

Involve local social services in order to reinforce inhabitants awareness and care

Recommendation 81 -

Promote innovative social approaches and active self construction works, in a 'do it yourself' concept

Recommendation 82 -

Encourage owners who asked for additional works by providing them technical and financial advices

Recommendation 83 -

Take into consideration livability and quality of life (hygiene and health) prior to energy efficiency

Recommendation 84 -

Identify building malfunctions from the beginning of the identification process, by directly involving tenants

Recommendation 85 -

Develop an informative approach towards inhabitants based on in-site visits (monthly)

Recommendation 125 -

Offer legal and technical assistance to support contracting authorities involved in ESCO's partnership, in order to overcome mistrust issues

Recommendation 126 -

Participate to Territorial Management Groups in order to identify business opportunities

Recommendation 127 -

Regularly collect data through surveys (on technical, social and energy topics) in order to anticipate inhabitants consumption needs


Foto

TMG meeting

TMG meeting

PPCG meeting in Komotini

PPCG meeting in Komotini

Video

Awareness raising in DUTH campus


Target

Professionals of the building/energy sectors, Refurbishment project managers , Public authorities

Monitoring

Monitoring is the unique activity throughout the ELIH-Med project; it is very important for:
- supervising the project implementation,
- collecting energy consumption before and after pilot energy refurbishment and smart metering experimentations
- valuating the objectives/results obtained
 
Moreover, monitoring is a key factor to evaluate the sustainability of the project. In order to reach the final objectives of the EU2020, the energy efficiency solutions must be surely proved to be the best so that they it can be promoted to the whole Mediterranean area.
 
The monitoring process used by Greek project partners is described in the following documents.
  - Plan for acquisition of historical consumption data and household typology for each dwelling
  - Examples of data acquisition
  - Action plan for smart metering installation and data acquisition in pilot dwellings
 
The monitoring approach and the evaluation methodology were developed by ELIH-Med project and can be downloaded here.
Specific project assessment process
Evaluation of retrofitting programmes in LIH

 

Guidelines

Recommendation 37 -

Aggregate smart meter data produced, in order to create open data applications and monitor the cost of energy

 

Recommendation 86 -

Analyze before/after results with accurate data, by installing metering devices before refurbishment

Recommendation 87 -

Install metering devices into the dwellings with direct feedback and energy tips towards inhabitants

Recommendation 88 -

Install smart metering devices with screens and interfaces for direct consumptions monitoring by the user completed by monthly report

Recommendation 89 -

Go beyond uncertainty in the estimation of energy savings by monitoring the real consumption of different elements: appliances, lighting, heating, etc.

Recommendation 90 -

Measure comfort improvement through a long-term approach

Recommendation 91 -

Inform inhabitants on the basis of a global involvment strategy trough the Pilote Project Collaborative Group, events, meetings...

Recommendation 92 -

Contribute to define innovative financial engineering with public authorities

Recommendation 94 -

Avoid dependency regarding data access, and after-sales services with smart meters suppliers


Documenti

TitleDescriptionFile
SM selection criteria (Komotini) SM selection criteria.xlsx
Description of Smart Metering dwellings selected (Komotini) SM_List of selected dwellings.pdf
Examples of data acquisition (Komotini) Monitoring_Komotini c.pdf
Evaluation of Komotini pilot projects results and impacts on public policies ELIHMED_GREEK PILOT_WP5_Final report_web1.pdf


Target

Professionals of the building/energy sectors, Refurbishment project managers

Financing

Financial mechanisms have a significant effect on the successful realization of the pilot projects. The use of innovative financial mechanisms is a key factor in the pilot projects.
A financial plan allows to get an overall control on the economic situation of the pilot project, and it influences the decision on each step in the implementation of the projects.
Generally, the financial mechanisms include the financial support from public or private entities, EU or national programs. Particularly, since the target group of the ELIH-Med roject is low income housing, for this purpose, the innovative financial mechanisms occupy a great proportion in the financial mechanisms.
 
 Energy saving measures and estimated costs   

    Financial resources and and innovative Financial Mechanisms used for Energy refurbishment 

 

 

 

Guidelines

Recommendation 8 -

Take into consideration that residents energy bill reduction is difficult to achieve, because of low financial situation and energy consumptions

Recommendation 9 -

Implement financial tools taking into consideration the different types of owners, and considering the low ROI (warantee mechanism)

Recommendation 10 -

Facilitate financial engineering flexibility: mixing EU funds and mixing public/private funds

Recommendation 38 -

Create a unique desk dedicated to harmonize fund distribution:

  • Targeting available funds dedicated to energy efficiency retrofitting projects ;
  • Matching the different taxes optimization incentives and local grants;
  • Developing a financial engineering tool mobilizing European and/or National     programmes and funds;
  • Coordinating public/private patnership;                                        
  • Decreasing bureaucracy procedures to get administrative funding approvals in time  

Recommendation 40 -

Increase the duration of MED Programme's projects and facilitate prefinancing conditions

Recommendation 41 -

Foster government grant programs with local bank green loans, in order to enhance the building sector

Recommendation 95 -

Continue to finance extra works during the refurbishment process

Recommendation 96 -

Involve private local funders with regular feedback and data on the project

Recommendation 128 -

Enhance local company sponsorship by offering equipments  

Recommendation 129 -

Increase ESCO's involvement by matching their money savings objectives with thermal comfort goals of low-income tenants 


Foto

Signing of the sponsorship agreement

Signing of the sponsorship agreement

Roof PV panels provided by sponsor

Roof PV panels provided by sponsor


Target

Professionals of the building/energy sectors, Refurbishment project managers , Public authorities, Policy makers

Tenders

Calls for public tenders are procedures applied to generate offers from companies competing for works, supply or service contracts in the framework of public procurement. This procedure creates a mutual benefit in that the service providers who win the tender can have the opportunity and experience of cooperating within the framework of an EU program and meanwhile with the sufficient procurement provided by the tender, the pilot projects can be carried out smoothly.
 
Generally, a typical invitation to tender template consists of the following sections: Introduction, Project background, Legal issues, Maintainance issues, Supplier response required, Timetable for choosing the supplier and Requirements.
 
Regarding the selection of energy retrofitting providers, besides an overall perspective the advantage in economic aspects makes a supplier more competitive.
 
For implementing the pilot buildings’ energy refurbishment in Komoniti, the public call for tender process included:
- completion of tender documentation / drawings
- tender documents approval  
- obtaining the co-financing agreement from National Authority
- applying for planning approval of the proposed interventions
- publication of open public Call for Tender
- selection of Contractor
 
The whole version of the public call (in Greek) is downloadable below.

 

Guidelines

Recommendation 11 -

Update public tenders framework integrating green procurement processes, simplifying procedures and indentifying responsabilities

Recommendation 44 -

Update the public tenders documentation with new energy savings technologies 

Recommendation 101 -

Add bonus for applicants proposing additional measures for the same price (best value) and sponsorship

Recommendation 102 -

Add bonus for applicants using local materials

Recommendation 103 -

Professionalize tender engineering

Recommendation 104 -

Explain the technical innovative solutions and their specifications in the call for tenders

Recommendation 105 -

Have flexible public tender templates adapted to the project needs

Recommendation 106 -

Insert a contractors/tenants ''good relationship'' as a criteria of selection

Recommendation 107 -

Involve inhabitants in the renovation process in order to obtain additional points


Documenti

TitleDescriptionFile
Call for public tenders D5.3.2_Call for Tender (Greece) low1.pdf


Target

Refurbishment project managers , Public authorities, Policy makers

Refurbishment

As mentioned earlier in ‘Diagnosis’, based on the energy analysis of the pilot buildings before refurbishment, 4 of them can be classified as Energy Class E and one rated as Energy Class D (702 kWh/m2-yr).
Detailed energy analysis was undertaken, of different scenarios of energy-efficiency upgrade measures, in terms of their technical and financial implications. The final preferred scenario for each building was selected on the basis of achieving the project energy targets, within the available overall budget.
 
The following tables show the identified energy efficiency measures as well as the anticipated improvement in the energy performance of each pilot building, through the implementation of these measures.
 

 
It is expected for the Greek pilot experimentation to:
- improve the energy performance of the pilot buildings by either two grades of energy class (from Grade E to Grade C), except Building S1 (one grade improvement, from  D to C); corresponding to a primary energy consumption reduction of ~34-43%.
 
Therefore all 5 pilot buildings achieve the project energy-efficiency improvement targets.
The Technical & Financial action plans as well as Territorial plan are downloadable in this page.

 

Guidelines

Recommendation 46 -

Encourage the use of passive systems

Recommendation 48 -

Focus on a cost/benefits approach taking into account ROI and global expenses for the beneficiaries

Recommendation 49 -

Avoid high energy performances targets, considered as financially expensive and complex systems for the tenants

Recommendation 50 -

Match urban renovation projects (equipement, infrastructure, public spaces renewal) with low-income household dwellings retrofitted at local scale

Recommendation 51 -

Rehouse tenants durings works when it is necessary and possible   

Recommendation 52 -

Promote the use of heat pumps for heating and cooling

Recommendation 108 -

Anticipate building structural issues (i.e. asbestos)

Recommendation 109 -

Have a detailed work plan/programme including technical measures, in order to narrow occupants disruption during refurbishment process

Recommendation 110 -

Implement innovative and local insulation materials    

Recommendation 111 -

Maximize external insulation benefits with thermostatic heating control        

Recommendation 112 -

Work on materials properties regarding summer comfort technical solutions

Recommendation 113 -

Use district heating   

Recommendation 114 -

Match at municipal scale, urban renovation projects (equipements, infrastructures, public spaces renewal) and retrofitting process towards dwellings occupied by low-income households

Recommendation 115 -

Choose effective and simple solutions (due to limited budget, forbidden external interventions, presence of tenants in the dwelling)

Recommendation 119 -

Take advantage of cross ventilation

Recommendation 130 -

Reinforce training and technical expertise towards companies for the implementation of integrated energy efficiency measures

Recommendation 131 -

Provide innovative technical engineering tools and ensure the maintenance works


Documenti

TitleDescriptionFile
Technical & Financial action plans & Territorial plan Technical & Financial action plans+Territorial plan c.pdf

Foto

Pilot site with ELIH-Med sign

Pilot site with ELIH-Med sign

Building S3 fašade insulation progress

Building S3 fašade insulation progress

Building S1 fašade insulation progress

Building S1 fašade insulation progress

Building S3 fašade insulation progress

Building S3 fašade insulation progress

Building S3 after external insulation

Building S3 after external insulation

Solar collectors installed on building roofs

Solar collectors installed on building roofs


Target

Professionals of the building/energy sectors, Refurbishment project managers , Policy makers

Smart metering activity

ELIH-med focuses its attention not only on energy efficiency improvement in LIH, but also tries to change the behavior and consumption patterns of tenants and owners of LIH; measures to modify energy behaviour will also be extensively explored and tested through a large scale experimentation of multi-energy smart meters.

The aim of the smart metering experiment is enabling an increase in energy efficiency by providing LIH consumers with information to help them change the behavior and reduce the amount of used energy.

The proposed experimentation plan for smart metering in LIH is putting consumers' interests at the front of the experiment. This involves education and engagement of consumers to better manage their energy use, to raise awareness and understanding of the benefits that smart metering is enabling.

Nature and frequency of interactions 

Theoretically the nature and frequency of interactions with LIH users (monitoring) for a coordinated return of experience should be divided into four  time  periods. These  can  be  distinguished  as separate  phases  of smart metering  experimentation including  period  before smart  metering  equipment  installation, installation, monitoring period and the closure of experiment with evaluation of final data.

Phases of smart metering experimentation and interactions with LIH consumers will follow the ELIH Med project plan as shown below. 

  

Thet first two periods are “key” phases of the implementation process while monitoring phase will include additional awareness campaigns.

A key event of the consumer experience of smart metering will be the installation visit, which will ensure consistent messages for end-consumers about what to expect and to help facilitate the longer-term behavioral change necessary to deliver project benefits. Suppliers of smart metering equipment will therefore be obliged, to provide consumers with information on how to benefit from their smart meters and to provide appropriate support to different social groups (through call for tender). Special attention should be to vulnerable consumers with customization regarding Age, Social status and Type of dwelling.

Interactions and stakeholders 
Stakeholders involved in Smart Metering experiment included Equipment Suppliers, Utilities, Installers, ELIH Med specific woring groupes' coordinators, TMG and PPCG.
The PPCG will also play a key role in the monitoring and evaluation stages of the project. PPCG includes social workers and civil servants with experience in working area where the pilot project will take place, local groups and associations and social landlords. And it should also include the following key actors: Representatives of Local authorities (Municipality, local energy agency, etc.), Local associations and NGOs committed with energy poverty. 
A summary of the experimentation plan on partners’ territory for smart metering in LIH and the smart meter selection criteria are downloadable.  
A summary of the experimentation plan on partners’ territory for smart metering in LIH and the smart meter selection criteria are downloadable.
Summary of experimentation plan of partners’ territory for smart metering in LIH
Experimentation plan on partners’ territory for smart metering in LIH
ANNEX I of the Experimentation Plan: Dwelling Properties Matrix
ANNEX II of the Experimentation Plan: Survey Questionnaire
 
Smart metering pilot experiment in Komotini  
Given the large number of student rooms and large number of users (700), and given the available ELIH-MED project budget for smart metering actions, it would not be possible to implement smart metering of heat and electricity across all student rooms. Therefore a strategy was developed that will allow to implement ‘pilot’ smart metering actions and obtain a realistic assessment of their effectiveness, achieving the best possible impact within the overall available budget.
 
   - Electricity metering
5 central electricity Smart Metering systems were installed on the 5 pilot buildings main electrical boards (23.04.2013). Each system included a Stylitis 10 data logger and an ABB DMTME-I-485 digital electricity meter. The relevant data acquisition and processing software was provided to CRES and DUTH
 
   - Heat metering
Space heating Smart Metering and controls in 144 rooms of building S1 (Radiator thermostatic valves, wireless heat meters, wireless data loggers); central electric hour-meters per burner for each of the five buildings; central DHW calorific meters for the energy coming off the solar collectors for each building.
 
 
  - Interaction with students
Different awareness raising activities have been organized at Komotini Campus. These activities included the explanation of ELIH-Med Smart Metering process, of which the main interaction with students is the information dashboard installed in Students restaurant.
 
 
The detailed information on Smart metering dwelling selection, data collection, the related experiment action plan, the call for tender and the installed equipment, is given in the following documents: 
- List of selected dwellings for Smart Metering
- Plan for acquisition of historical consumption data and household typology for each dwelling
- Action plan for smart metering installation and data acquisition in pilot dwellings  
- Calls for tenders  
- Selected suppliers & installers of smart metering devices  
- Installed smart meters  

Guidelines

Recommendation 37 -

Aggregate smart meter data produced, in order to create open data applications and monitor the cost of energy

 

Recommendation 86 -

Analyze before/after results with accurate data, by installing metering devices before refurbishment

Recommendation 87 -

Install metering devices into the dwellings with direct feedback and energy tips towards inhabitants

Recommendation 88 -

Install smart metering devices with screens and interfaces for direct consumptions monitoring by the user completed by monthly report

Recommendation 89 -

Go beyond uncertainty in the estimation of energy savings by monitoring the real consumption of different elements: appliances, lighting, heating, etc.

Recommendation 90 -

Measure comfort improvement through a long-term approach

Recommendation 91 -

Inform inhabitants on the basis of a global involvment strategy trough the Pilote Project Collaborative Group, events, meetings...

Recommendation 94 -

Avoid dependency regarding data access, and after-sales services with smart meters suppliers


Documenti

TitleDescriptionFile
SM selection criteria (Komotini) SM selection criteria.xlsx
Description of Smart Metering dwellings selected (Komotini) SM_List of selected dwellings.pdf
Plan for acquisition of historical data (Komotini) Plan for acquisition of histo...ta and household typology c.pdf
Call for SM installation tenders (Komotini) Calls for SM Tenders.pdf
Examples of data acquisition (Komotini) Monitoring_Komotini c.pdf
Action plan for smart metering installation and data acquisition in pilot dwellings (Komotini) Action plan for smart metering installation_web.pdf
Selected suppliers & installers of smart metering devices (Komotini) D6.3.2_Selected suppliers & installers of smart metering devices rev1.pdf
Installed smart meters (Komotini) D6.4.1_Installed smart meters rev1.pdf


Target

Dissemination awareness and national project capitalization

ELIH-Med Capitalization and long lasting effects      

What is capitalisation?  
In the framework of European cross-border cooperation projects, capitalisation is a mean to exploit commonly the results of several projects and ensure long lasting effects. Capitalisation could be defined in a general way as the strategy and process that will allow to ensure a long term, deep and concrete impact of the project activities and results on public policies at local, regional, national and European level.
 
ELIH-Med capitalization strategy   
Capitalisation is a mandatory activity in ELIH-Med, defined in the terms of reference of the first strategic call for proposals of the MED program.
The objective of ELIH-Med Capitalisation is broader than ELIH-Med scope and it covers all the initiatives that share some of the preoccupations and objectives of ELIH-MED. Above all, a capitalisation process aims at creating a cumulative effect, not only on the basis of the aggregation of projects results but also at a program level through the convergence of indicators, strategic objectives and proposals to strengthen cooperation process impacts within the mainstream framework of European policies.
For further information on the ELIH-Med global capitalisation strategy, you can download the ELIH-Med Capitalisation Plan.
Within the context of the project, an awareness campaign has been developed for the promotion and dissemination of energy efficiency in low income housing occupants.
Objectives of the campaign:
- to communicate the EE measures and tips that exist for both individual apartments and residential buildings.
- to communicate the financial mechanisms that exist to fund aforementioned EE measures.
- to develop activities that strengthen the feeling of “belonging” to the community/neighbourhood, in order to
  promote energy refurbishment at building / district scale.

 

 Contents of the awareness raising campaignfor the Greek pilot project 
- Press conferences
- Press releases to local media (TV, radio, newspapers) and nationwide portals
- Dedicated Facebook page for the Greek pilot project
- Technical seminar for building industry professionals, dissemination of project information material (e.g.
   leaflets on available financing mechanisms)
- Participation in relevant exhibitions and dissemination of project material (e.g. ITF Thrace, Building Green
   Expo)
- Awareness-raising events for the users of the pilot buildings (e.g. students’ site visit to the pilot project and
   update on the works progress, interactive games, volunteering days etc.)
- Dissemination of project information and promotional material during the above events (e.g. leaflets on
   energy-saving tips, hats, t-shirts etc.)
- Street Action in the central square of Komotini, to inform the general public on the ELIH-Med project activities and
   raise awareness on energy efficiency at home.
 
 Project Capitalisation 
The capitalisation activities carried out by Greek project team include:
- Organisation of a national capitalisation seminar, with participation of the Greek partners of strategic MED projects
  MARIE and PROFORBIOMED.
- Press conferences with a wide coverage by local newspapers, TV channels, radio stations
- Press releases to local media and nationwide portals
- Widespread Internet dissemination
- Paper submission and presentation of the ELIH-Med project activities and the Greek pilot project, in the 10th Greek
  annual RES conference
- Participation to the national annual MED programme event and presentation of the ELIH-Med activities and outcomes
- Organisation of a national ELIH-Med closing event, aiming at the dissemination and capitalisation of the project
  outcomes, to local/national authorities and the building industry professionals active in the field of energy-efficiency
  and sustainability

Guidelines

Recommendation 13 -

Promote ELIH-Med pilots' main outputs and best practices, and taking them into consideration in public policies

Recommendation 55 -

Create a regional agency in charge of:

  • Implementing Territorial Professional Management Group;
  • Driving low-income private owners awareness campaigns;
  • Harmonizing fund distribution;
  • Ensuring an active dialogue on best practices and experiences beetween different stakeholders;
  • Providing financing solutions and energy savings projections;
  • Coordinating different territorial levels, administrations and government policies

Recommendation 120 -

Ensure long term savings through the awareness campaign and the pilot project participative group

Recommendation 121 -

Use certified monitoring equipments in order to convince energy efficiency investors of energy-efficiency measures benefits

Recommendation 122 -

Pursue energy retrofitting measures and extend them to the remaining building stock 

Recommendation 133 -

Overcome the idea that low-income housing has a very low energy savings potential 

R00 -

 

 How to improve Energy efficiency of LIH? (EN)
 A short dissemination video which illustrates what can be done to improve energy efficiency and save    money in a lowincome house

 

 

 

 

 

 


Foto

-	Elih-Med dissemination materials

- Elih-Med dissemination materials

Elih-Med press conference

Elih-Med press conference

-	Elih-Med dissemination through interview

- Elih-Med dissemination through interview

Elih-Med dissemination via Facebook

Elih-Med dissemination via Facebook

Awareness-raising events for users of pilot buildings

Awareness-raising events for users of pilot buildings

Elih-Med dissemination ITF Thrace

Elih-Med dissemination ITF Thrace

Internet dissemination

Internet dissemination

Press conference

Press conference

National capitalisation seminar

National capitalisation seminar

Video

Awareness raising in DUTH campus
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Awareness raising in a Greek campus (GR)
Greek pilot project (GR)
ELIH-Med Highlights (Greek subtitle)


Target

Professionals of the building/energy sectors, Refurbishment project managers , Policy makers

Policy paper and Ljubljana declaration

ELIH-Med capitalisation activities were framed in general by the EU2020 strategy and the discussions about the next programming period priorities. They tried to fit with the pan-European objectives and also to constitute inputs for the 2014-2020 operational programs.
The two main outcomes of the ELIH-Med capitalisation activities were Policy Paper and Ljubljana Declaration.
 
  Policy Paper  
Since the beginning of the project (April 2011), ELIH-Med had been associated with another MED strategic project dealing with energy efficiency in buildings, MARIE, in order to develop a common message to deliver to policy-makers. The main outcome of this joint capitalisation process was a Policy Paper aiming to improve Med transnational cooperation answers to energy efficiency challenges in buildings. PROFORBIOMED, the second strategic MED project, joined the process, and a cooperation agreement among the three projects was signed in November 2012.
 
  Ljubljana Declaration 
On 23rd and 24th October 2013, the annual event of the MED Programme was held in Lisbon. On the occasion, the Ljubljana Declaration was signed jointly by the lead partners of the 3 strategic MED projects - ELIH–Med, MARIE & PROFORBIOMED.
The targets of the Declaration are:
- European Institutions: European Commission, European Parliament, CoR
- Mediterranean member States
- Regional and Local Governments
- Management Authorities of EU Programs
- Network of regional and local authorities: CAT-MED platform, Covenant of Mayors
 
Specific proposals have been worked out for each target group.
The whole version of the Policy Paper (EN) and the Ljuljana Declaration (EN version) are downloadable.

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Target

Refurbishment project managers , Public authorities, Policy makers