Is total concept a way to go when renovating a building? Total concept is a method presenting economic rationales for major reduction of energy use in non-residential buildings. When I first heard about this project from: Mari-Liis Maripuu, Åsa Wahlström, Mads Mysen, people I often cooperate with and they are favourite Swegon Air Academy Lecturers (check Åsa´s, Mads and Mari-Liis´ profiles on our Lecturers page, link here), I must admit I was intrigued. It is basically a interesting package for renovation of buildings, where all steps to renovate are defined and applied. In order to get all benefits, you must apply all steps, eventhough some of them may not be cost-effective. This is not suprisingly a hard sell when building owners see all savings that they can get when they apply all steps. And this concept works very well in Sweden. Read a paper describing the method fully (link here).
Then total concept process requires these steps:
- Step 1 – a comprehensive inventory is carried out in the building to identify all conceivable energy saving measures, whereas the data from the energy certificates can be used as a starting point. Various calculations and an analysis based on the compiled data lead to an action package and provide an informed basis on which the owner of the building can make decisions.
- Step 2 – the action plan is put into effect. The focus needs to be on the quality of the work done, making sure that technical inefficiency does not cancel out the expected energy savings.
- Step 3 – involves measuring and checking procedures to ensure that the expected result has been achieved. If this is not the case, the cause must be found and any errors or deficiencies corrected and remedied.
More information at www.totalconcept.info.