KSSENA mentoring in PROSPECT Learning Cycle 3

KSSENA, the regional Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šleska and Koroška is sharing its expertise on financing and implementing successful energy performance contracting (EPC) projects in public buildings with the Municipality of Siemiatycze (Poland), Municipality of Bydgoszcz (Poland), Municipality of Egaleo (Greece), Municipality of Loures (Portugal), Municipality of Matosinhos (Portugal) and the Canton of Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina). They are participating in the 3rd Cycle of the PROSPECT Learning Programme, constituting the 1st Group for Public Buildings. The peer learning activities will focus on Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in public buildings. +Mentors' Corner

During the Step 1, on the 29th of May 2019 the team met online. The Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šleska and Koroška Region presented projects regarding the Energy renovation of 8 public buildings in Municipality of Celje, Energy renovation of 8 public buildings in Koroška and Energy renovation of 8 public buildings in Municipality of Velenje (Renovation of Public lighting in Municipality of Velenje).

During the Step 2 of the Learning Programme and on the 10th of July 2019 the team met again online. The Mentees presented projects and ideas related to the role of EPC in public buildings. Specific needs to be addressed during the visit by the mentor were discussed as well.

EPC for public buildings: Sharing the best practice example of the Energy Agency of Savinjska, Šleska and Koroška Region (KSSENA), Slovenia

On 10 - 11 September 2019, a two-day site visit (Step 3 of the Learning Programme) was organised in the municipality of Velenje. The main objective was to deepen the participants’ know-how of EPC-related topics and to create an environment for dialogue and exchange on the practical implementation of refurbishment in public buildings and EPC.


Image: Agnieszka Koc from the Municipality of Siemiatycze (Poland), Dimitris Tzempelikos from the Municipality of Egaleo (Greece), Primož Rotovnik from KSSENA (Slovenia), Iolanda Sousa from the Municipality of Loures (Portugal), Nejc Jurko from KSSENA (Slovenia), Vedad Viteskic from the Municipality of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Marcin Napierała from the Municipality of Bydgoszcz (Poland), Luís Magalhães from the Municipality of Matosinhos (Portugal) and Anja Gahleitner from the OÖ Energiesparverband (Austria)

Nejc Jurko, together with his colleagues Primož Rotovnik and Sašo Mozgan, presented the key features of energy performance contracting. Further topics included using energy audits as a reference document for municipalities interested in EPC, meta energy data collection, appraisals of possible technical solutions and EU funds for energy renovation.

During the two days, different sites were visited such as the renovated Health Centre of Velenje (6 buildings, 1.1 Mio. Euro investment, cost savings of 17,000 Euro/year), the Kindergarten Živ Žav (262,000 Euro investment, 31 % savings for heating) and the cultural heritage building in Celski Dom (1,964,121 Euro investment, 50 % energy savings).

The municipal swimming pool in Velenje is currently undergoing deep renovation. It was one of the best practice examples showed and discussed during the two-day visit. The main energy efficiency measures being implemented through this EPC project include the thermal insulation of the building envelope (30 cm) and roof, a new heat pump, a new lighting system, a ventilation system with heat recovery and floor heating. The building is connected to the Šalek Valley district heating system. A total of 964,000 Euro are being invested. The participants received a guided tour through the whole complex with a detailed presentation of the different measures. The project will lead to 16 % electricity savings, 49 % heat savings and costs savings of 19.500 Euro/year.


Overall, participants benefited from sharing internal know-how (among each other and with the mentor), from hands-on experience during the site-visits and from external inputs provided by facility managers.


"Energy sustainable plans lead us to collaboration. Collaboration leads us to understanding the necessity for change in sustainable management. Changes lead us to a common vision for our city and desired outcome.", Vedad Viteskic, City of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


"Visiting Slovenian cities where so many public buildings already benefit from deep energy retrofitting through a combination of EPC, national and European funds increased my enthusiasm for implementing energy efficiency measures in our municipal buildings. KSSENA professionals have a keen understanding of the challenges that needed to be addressed and are well versed in both the technical and financial solutions that might be replicable to some of our projects.", Iolanda Sousa, Municipality of Loures (Portugal)


The visit in Velenje and Celje proved to us the success story of an EPC", Dimitris Tzempelikos, Municipality of Egaleo (Greece)


"This meeting boosted creativity",Agnieszka Koc, Municipality of Siemiatycze (Poland)


The 4th and last Step of the Programme will include an online session dedicated to the assessment and evaluation of the peer learning activities.

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