Many organisations are required to complete the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) Audit prior to the end of 2020. This elaborate energy scan is mandatory, but if it is done right it can also provide an ideal basis for making buildings sustainable. Bas van Vliet, Consultant Energy & Sustainability, explains why.

In the past, most building owners and managers were only interested in meeting the minimum sustainability requirements. Today, I am increasingly seeing that a healthy and sustainable building is becoming the norm. The EED is a minimum statutory requirement that at first glance has little to do with sustainability ambitions. But by customising the EED we can get a lot more out of this scan for our clients. With our help you will meet the statutory requirement and at the same time acquire useful input for making your buildings sustainable.

Customisation for every building

Currently my colleagues and I are working on EED scans for the managers of care facilities and office buildings. What is a scan of this nature really like in actual practice? First, we engage in an exploratory meeting. After that, we map out the energy consumption and how it can be reduced. The measures that can be implemented to reduce energy consumption vary by building. Naturally there are well-known mandatory measures, such as insulating pipelines and fittings, presence sensors, LED lighting and clock times. In addition, there are very specific measures, such as the use of heat extracted from processes and server rooms, or CO2-driven ventilation for certain rooms.
Bas van Vliet, Strukton Worksphere
Regardless of your choice, we integrate the options into a roadmap that best suits your current organisation or business objectives.

Bas van Vliet

Options arising from the scan

My colleagues and I are also involved in the EED follow-up process. This is because the scan gives clients a comprehensive overview of all potential energy efficiency measures. Both the mandatory measures with a short payback time, as well as those with a payback time longer than five years. The overview of all of these potential measures provides an excellent basis for the development of an improvement plan. After the scan you have the option of implementing only the mandatory measures, or considering the other options as well.

From scan to roadmap

Regardless of your choice, we integrate the options into a roadmap that best suits your current organisation or business objectives. In my experience, the roadmap provides many of my clients with a very useful point of reference. This is because the roadmap identifies how to achieve their own sustainability objectives in a well-organised way. Furthermore, we guide them in making the right choices. The selected sustainability options are specifically incorporated into a long-term maintenance plan. This way the mandatory EED scan often leads to custom work and the integration of the chosen solutions to an update of the long-term maintenance plan. Entirely in accordance with the wishes and objectives of our client. A good example of the EcoScan and EcoRoadmap of our Ecolution approach.

Opt for an alternative

There is still another way of going beyond the minimum statutory requirements of the EED scan. In addition to the EED, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) has approved fourteen alternative quality marks and certifications. For several of these alternatives we also provide assistance in certifying or defining their scope. We guide clients with their BREEAM-in-use certification and defining the scope of the CO2 Reduction Tool for the Care sector. Another good example is a care institution that we are helping in raising their Environmental Care Thermometer from Silver to Gold. What this shows is that the EED in many cases is the start of a custom sustainability initiative.
EED mandatory
Organisations with more than 250 FTEs or 50 million euro in revenues are obliged to submit their EED Energy Audit reports to the RVO prior to 31 December 2020, or they must set up one of the alternatives before that time. If you have as yet not done this, or if you have any questions, view the EED & Alternatives page on our website and contact us.

On a journey together with Ecolution

Strukton Worksphere helps building owners and managers make their buildings more sustainable. We consider this a journey that we are making together and we refer to it as Strukton Worksphere Ecolution. The journey starts with EcoVision: together we establish the ambitions and the goals. This is followed by the EcoScan during which we analyse your building and discover the possibilities together. This also includes an EED or one of the alternatives. Next, in the EcoRoadmap we define the plan for improvement in the form of an ideal and cost-efficient plan. In the EcoAction phase we design the associated measures and implement them. Finally, we guarantee the agreed upon performance through monitoring and optimisation. We refer to this as EcoPerformance.

Bas van Vliet

From something that is mandatory to defining an ideal basis for making buildings sustainable. In many instances, the EED is the start of a custom sustainability initiative.

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