How HVAC Contributes to the EU Energy Efficiency Directive
As the 20% energy efficiency target set for 2020 by the EU fast approaches, companies are looking for cost effective ways to save energy. The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive sets out a number of measures, which all the members states have to adhere to, to help make this target achievable. Many of these measures involve making buildings more energy efficient through renovations and regulations for new builds. A major part of this revolves around heating, cooling and climate control and how modern, custom built HVAC systems can save both energy and money.
On the European Commission`s website, they suggest that older buildings are responsible for a great deal of wasted energy. In the UK, the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan of April 2014 (NEEAP) states that, “Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. While new buildings generally need less than three to five litres of heating oil per square meter per year, older buildings consume about 25 litres on average. Some buildings even require up to 60 litres.” Therefore, having an efficient HVAC system in place in old buildings is essential. A bespoke HVAC system can be designed to, not only respect the layout and planning issues involved with an older building, it can also maximise energy savings by providing heating, cooling or humidity control exactly where it is needed.
Large Companies and Heavy Industry
The UK NEEAP suggests that, “Whilst many heat intensive industries are already close to maximising their energy efficiency, evidence shows that a range of costeffective opportunities remain available,” and it is these types of operations as well as other large businesses who are feeling the pressure to improve energy efficiency the most. The EU Energy Efficiency Directive stipulates that, “large companies will make audits of their energy consumption to help them identify ways to reduce it.” Therefore, having an HVAC system that is easy to monitor and control will be essential to keeping to these directives. An added bonus of this is it makes it easier to see where the energy is being spent and then control the output and thus, the amount of energy being used.
According to the UK NEEAP, “heating accounts for around a third of UK greenhouse gas emissions. “ This means reducing the energy needed to run HVAC systems in all kinds of business operations is essential for the UK to reach its 2020 energy reduction target. Fortunately, this also benefits business by bringing down energy costs. Having a custom made HVAC system installed into new premises or replacing old systems with much more energy efficient new ones will make this achievable. Call Transcool Systems on + 44 (0)1903 733911 or email email@example.com to see how we can improve your company`s energy efficiency.