Financing Environment and Energy Efficiency development in Schools
|Aim of the project:||FEEDSCHOOLS aimed at providing new solutions to local authorities both in technical and financial terms to implement Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) renovation activities in Central European schools.|
About the project
In central Europe large parts of the existing building stock were built before 1970 and as a result, performance is not in line with required energy efficiency standards. Renovation of buildings emerges as an urgent issue but while incentives are provided to private investors, public building renovation is more difficult as local authorities face significant limitations of budget. Another barrier is the lack of knowledge of performance/cost characteristics for efficient renovation of buildings.
FEEDSCHOOLS strategic objective was to facilitate the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive creating conditions so that more municipalities, financing institutions and consultants develop projects of deep renovations of schools in the upcoming years. At this end pilot activities were conducted in the associated regions. FEEDSCHOOLS pilots included: energy audits of representative school buildings, drawing up preliminary renovation plans, calculation of carbon footprint of the renovation activities, development of energy service models and financing schemes, training of the energy managers of the region, the Municipal staff and students, development of policy recommendation to overcome the identified barriers and integration of project outputs in the city plans. When developing the renovation plans, particular attention was given in the use of renewable energy sources. The pilot activities acted as best practices to demonstrate the practical feasibility of such renovation projects. The project stimulated the inflow of more private funds in public buildings renovations supporting the Central Europe regions to fulfill obligations of EPBD recast and EE Directives. The project focused on the use of novel energy saving technologies and on their carbon footprint, while verifying their cost effectiveness and the financing opportunities in the participating region and on the capacity building of the public sector, fulfilling in this way the expected results.
More information about the project results can be found on the project website.
The FEEDSCHOOLS project was co-financed by the European Union under the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE 2014-2020 Programme and by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.