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nergy is the big issue today, and will become critical over the next decades, especially for countries like Italy that import nearly 90% of all energy consumed. This, combined with natural calamities and unforeseen diplomatic disputes, means

we can expect our energy bills to rise significantly over the next few years. However, despite this gloomy but realistic forecast, we at Archificio have found that organizations still aren’t taking the question of energy efficiency seriously enough. Energy costs remain to a great extent “invisible”, and unlike other resources viewed as unavoidable and “fixed”. In reality, energy efficiency is an area where huge savings can be made, and the experience and expertise that Archificio has developed over the years in energy assessment, energy audits and energy management can help organizations and companies to greatly reduce energy costs, in some cases by up to 70%. In order to achieve these results, in our role as Energy Manager we assist organizations in developing an energy policy which aims to: • Improve the level of energy efficiency • Reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, and therefore • Reduce costs deriving from energy consumption. It is important to point out that when we talk about energy consumption, we are talking about all the energy required by an organization to produce goods or to provide a service, independently as to whether these are for internal use or for external users. All energy vectors used by organizations to light, heat, cool, manufacture, supply power to and fuel buildings, machinery and vehicles are taken into account, including fossil-based fuels such as natural gas, electricity, coal, petrol and diesel fuel, fuels sources directly owned by the company (such as geothermal sources, natural gas, etc), or renewable energy sources.

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THANKS TO ENERGY MANAGEMENT YOUR COMPANY CAN SAVE COSTS FOR THE ENERGY CONSUMPTION AND TRANSFORM IT INTO A RESOURCE

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DEVELOPING AN ENERGY POLICY AND EMS - Establishing an energy

ARCH. HELEN RAINEY Archificio is an architecture firm that operates in the field of sustainable architecture, energy management and energy certification. Archificio adopts a highly integrated approach between the classical themes of architecture and the changing needs of reducing energy consumption.

policy is the first step; it is a declaration of the organization’s intention to reduce its energy consumption and as a consequence its impact on the natural environment. It sets out the objectives, resources and procedures for establishing step two: the Energy Management System (EMS). In this phase we assist organizations in establishing, implementing, maintaining and improving an EMS, as defined in ISO 50001-2011. In this way, by implementing the characteristic “plan - do - check - act” cycle of company certification systems, our clients are able to follow a systematic approach in achieving continual improvement of energy performance, including energy

WHAT WE DO

efficiency, energy use and consumption.

Archificio is a capable, caring and tenacious partner that looks for long-term professional relationships based on mutual trust and shared inspirations. We provide this highly specialised role, and help our clients to work in more comfortable spaces with lower energy costs.

The relationship between energy and environmental policies is obviously close, so energy policies can also incorporate environmental issues such as water consumption efficiency and waste recycling.

ENERGY MANAGER - While our role as Energy Manager is central

made, payback times and internal and external financing and incentives;

to achieving a successful EMS for our clients, we also need to work closely

finally, he or she must be familiar with company structures, budget and

with all company departments: with the technical office regarding the

cost control, financial planning and project management. Archificio can

implementation of refurbishment projects, retrofits and building systems

provide this highly specialised role, vital in significantly reducing an your

updates; with the purchasing and marketing departments, that actively

organization’s energy costs.

influence the behaviour of all energy users involved in the organization through newsletters, publications and awards; with the logistics department, in creating policies for the optimization of delivery transport

KNOWHOW - So what are the competencies that an EM

systems and vehicle-sharing systems, including low-emitting and fuel-

must possess? First of all, an up to date knowledge of the wide range of

efficient vehicles; with O&M, fundamental in establishing maintenance

technologies available regarding energy efficiency and renewable energy

procedures for improving the performance of building systems, building

sources; he or she must also be able to conduct or coordinate energy

components, and machinery.

audits of buildings, using the appropriate instruments to measure heat loss

So what are the competencies that an EM must possess? He or she must be

through structural components and ventilation, internal lighting and CO2

up to date with the most recent technologies regarding energy efficiency and

levels, and building systems performance; assess the various options for

renewable energy sources; he or she must also have detailed knowledge of

improving energy efficiency and select the most appropriate solutions on

energy markets, including suppliers, prices, and contractual obligations; he

the basis of cost-benefit ratios and payback times; he or she must assist the

or she must be able to assess the cost-benefit ratio of the investments to be

client in determining whether to use internal finances or external financing, and be familiar with the incentives available that bring the greatest benefit; he or she must also have detailed knowledge of energy markets, including

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suppliers, prices, and contractual obligations; finally, he or she must be familiar with how companies are organized, with budget and cost control, financial planning and project management.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

OUR CONTACTS ARCHIFICIO

Nigra, 2 - 20037 Paderno Dugnano, Milano (ITA) Tel. +39 02 91 08 26 11 Fax +39 02 91 08 45 91 energy@archificio.eu www.archificio.eu

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