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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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.
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OUR CONTACTS ARCHIFICIO
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