Energy performance contracting project “BIG Pool 4” honored with the European Energy Service Award

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The energy performance contracting project “BIG Pool 4 – reduction of energy costs, cutting high maintenance efforts” was honored with the European Energy Service Award (EESA). This contracting model implemented by Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs (BMBF) and Siemens Building Technologies won the award in the category “Best European Energy Service Project.” The award ceremony was held in Brussels, Belgium.

Savings of seven million euros

The “BIG Pool 4” project had a term of approximately ten years and was completed at the end of 2013. During this time, the energy consumption of 38 public schools in Lower Austria was assessed and reduced. “This meant that almost 30,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions were prevented and approximately seven million euros saved” says Wolfgang Gleissner, managing director of BIG.

Knowledge saves energy

In addition to technical and operational measures, the concept also raised awareness among students and teachers in order to improve the environmental balance. They were educated on how to manage energy carefully and learned how the judicious use of lighting and proper ventilation can help save energy and money.

Top in Europe

The European Energy Service Award (EESA) is part of the European Energy Service Initiative toward the EU 2020 Energy Saving Targets (EESI 2020). This initiative aims to foster the use of Energy Saving Performance Contracting (ESPC) in Europe. The EESA honors outstanding efforts and achievements in the field of energy services in Europe. The prestigious award has been awarded regularly since 2006. The prize is given to projects and businesses, which have made an outstanding contribution to the European energy service market.

Eike-Oliver Steffen