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Swegon Air Academy seminar in St. Petersburg: Part 1 – We need a HERO!
March 25, 2014

Swegon Air Academy seminar in St. Petersburg: Part 1 – We need a HERO!

Year after year Swegon Air Academy seminars in St. Petersburg are of a great success! This year on February 28, 2014, we held a seminar with topic on European Experience with Increase of Energy Efficiency in Buildings with our timeless speakers Ian Knight and David P. Wyon. This seminar was attended by 153 consultants from all over Russia

Yes we do, but what we’re going to get is much more down to earth and realistic. To be honest that is actually what we need, especially when dealing with the bureaucratic jungle which is the European Commission. We are running 40 minutes late, everyone is on time except the interpreter; we don’t speak Russian, they don’t speak English, its full stop until they turn up.

I kick off the seminar, my presentation is trimmed down to the bare bones, to try and get back on time. The audience are loyal customers who turn up year after year, so I skip the ASHRAE and CIBSE co-operation section and tell the audience exactly why the two speakers they are going to hear have something important to say to them.

Saving is worth: 6Bn EUR/a 60TWh/a.

Now that should get a reaction, but in Russia where energy prices are a long way below European Union prices the figure does not seem to really hit home in the same way. If there is a pressing issue here with energy, it is infrastructure. Developments are limited quite often by the amount of power it is possible to deliver; a different problem from the one being tackled in Europe, but an interest in the same solution.

After a discussion the evening before, Ian described a lot of why ventilation is the singular most important variable during the life cost of a building, especially in modern constructions. When his students at Cardiff University see from the load calculations (which they have done by hand) that ventilation is the singular most important variable to get right.

Ian describes the overreaching concept and of the service, from theory through to the actual step of the ISERVcmb progress.

Annual consumption figures are not really useful, neither are really are monthly, but power in W/m2 is easier to take action on. Of course the two most significant Energy Saving Opportunities (ECOs) were pulled up; filter changes and coolant levels.

Quite often building owners are actually interested in the ECOs, but they are interested in how they can spread out the cost more equally amongst tenants.

Savings in the long term are only achieved through monitoring.

Ian’s previous project HARMONAC showed monitoring could reduce energy costs by about; 1-5%, iSERVcmb has shown 19-33%. It is commercially viable.

The future for inspections within the EU

There are some structural issues for monitoring to be implements across the EU. Inspection and advice are already in place and monitoring will be a 3rd solution in the next EPBD. Monitoring though is the only option which will give the reduction in costs over the operating life.

Costs, CAPEX (capital expenditures) – Energy savings

In Europe, the area of non-residential building space is 6 billion m2, so even if a saving of just 1 Euro per m2  then we’re back to the 6B billion Euro annual saving. Take a look at Ian’s presentation at www.swegonairacademy.com  and think about it.

For more info about iSERVcmb project visit www.iservcmb.info.