What energy lessons learned from Schneider-led HOMES program?
April 11, 2013 - On February 13, Schneider Electric hosted the closing ceremony of the HOMES (Homes and Buildings for Optimized Management of Energy and Services) research program at its Rueil-Malmaison HQ. So what did they learn?
By Anthony Capkun
The HOMES program enabled “the study, improvement and testing of simple, effective, economically sustainable active energy efficiency solutions that may create jobs”, says Schneider. It added that—from an economic point of view—HOMES estimated the active energy efficiency solutions:
• enabled savings between 20% and 60% of a site’s total energy bill
• provide an ROI between 3 and 7 years in the tertiary sector, and between 5 and 15 years in the residential sector
• complement other energy efficiency solutions; namely, the building’s enclosure and equipment.
It was also found that the active energy efficiency solutions:
• reduced building consumption by 40%
• facilitated the introduction of renewable energy production into European electricity networks, and made buildings smart grid ready
• would create about 600,000 direct jobs in Europe over 30 years
• integrate into the regional policies of neighbourhoods and cities
• are nearly economically self-sufficient and, therefore, do not burden local, national and European indebtedness levels.
Launched in 2008 and led by Schneider, the HOMES program brought together 13 industry and research partners with the aim of proposing operational solutions on a large scale, to allow each building to achieve the best energy performance across the entire stock of European buildings, whether new or existing, residential or commercial.