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Can Energy Savings from Operations Promoting Energy Efficient Behaviors in Office Buildings be Accounted for?

By Jean-Sébastien Broc, Patrice Nogues, Bernard Bourges, Jérôme Adnot and Paul Baudry


International audienceWhen looking for solutions to mitigate the growth of energy consumption in the commercial buildings sector, research works often focus on the energy performance of buildings. Indeed, many studies established how large the technical improvement potential was in this sector. But cost-effective energy savings can also be achieved in a complementary way by an improved energy management promoting energy efficient behaviors, because energy consumptions depend on both energy performance of buildings and equipments, and end-users behaviors. Past experiences tend to show that if awareness operations were widely disseminated, a significant amount of energy savings could be realized. It is likely that more and more organizations engage such operations. Unfortunately, their real impacts remain rather unknown and uncertain, mainly because they are not perceived as a serious option. Consequently they are implemented in very heterogeneous ways. Thus, their results may vary a lot too. This paper first reminds success factors analyzed in previous works, before presenting monitoring guidelines to ensure that energy savings can be accounted for. This methodological approach could be an entry to consider the inclusion of behavioral actions in schemes accounting for energy savings, such as white certificates. The option to include awareness operations in an energy management service appears to create good conditions ensuring the quality of the operations and therefore an accounting system reliable enough for certified energy savings. Admitting this new kind of energy service in white certificates schemes would on the one side provide a clear recognition of behavioral actions, and on the other side promote quality standards ensuring more homogeneity and effectiveness among this kind of operation

Topics: Energy efficiency, behavior, awareness, evaluation, energy savings accounting, office buildings, white certificates, energy management service, [SDE]Environmental Sciences, [SPI.OTHER]Engineering Sciences [physics]/Other
Publisher: Office for Official Publications of the European Communities
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:HAL:hal-00506733v1
Provided by: HAL-MINES ParisTech
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