The commercial and public building sector is one of the fastest growing energy consuming sectors. This is mainly due to the growth of commercial and public activities and their associated demand for heating, cooling ventilation (HVAC), ICT services and lighting.
Commercial and public buildings, and urban areas are a key area where the CO2 reduction could be achieved in a cost-effective manner. As a consequence all actors need to take all necessary steps to disseminate good practice, foster investments in energy efficiency and provide technical solutions for the commercial building sector. This includes behaviour changes on how companies, architects, urban planner and building occupiers invest, design and operate non-residential buildings.
The integration of distributed generation, district heating and cooling and renewable energy sources (RES), demand response and smart grids would enable further CO2 and energy saving and pave the way for Net Zero Energy Buildings and Districts. Energy Service Companies (ESCOs), utilities and facility management companies offer advanced solutions to monitor, manage and reduce the energy consumption in commercial buildings.
Because very often building energy performances can more cost-effectively be optimized at district or urban level, this year the conference will have a special track on smart and sustainable districts and communities/ This track includes examples of low energy districts and communities, and building integration in smart energy systems, sustainable urban planning.
A number of local, regional and national policies and programmes have recently been implemented to achieve a long lasting market transformation, including building codes, utilities programmes, information and training, emission and energy certificate trading, and financial incentives.