In many fields, a building’s occupants are not the ones who pay for the energy they consume or the ones managing and maintaining energy production facilities – but they are nevertheless in a position to behave eco-smartly and consume less, i.e. manage energy more efficiently and reduce their buildings’ environmental footprints.
The building manager (or the head of the organisation in a public building) has a vital role to play here. The key is to turn raw data reflecting energy consumption (which typically only reaches specialists) into tangible information that anyone can instantly understand, and to encourage building occupants to adopt smart behaviour patterns, in their everyday lives and jobs, as a habit.
How to help building managers to permanently reduce energy consumption when they have no specific professional skills in this area.
Today, many building managers and organisation heads working for Paris City Council have no information about their building’s consumption or how it is evolving over time, or direct incentives to reduce that consumption. The leads at this point include extracting and displaying consumption figures in a way that non-specialists will readily understand, and tailoring information to each specific situation:
- Displays may be combined with other data besides energy consumption and relating more specifically to building managers’ everyday duties, in order to encourage them to use these insights on a permanent basis
- The displays may also be combined with leads to help them reduce consumption
Paris City Council has pledged that 10% of the reduction in its energy consumption, in all the buildings it manages (arrondissement city halls, day-care centres, schools, gyms), will stem from behavioural changes. It may therefore use the developed solution to that end. More generally, the target could include property managers in a variety of areas where building occupants do not pay energy bills directly and where the size of each building does not justify employing full-time maintenance staff (e.g. chain stores).
Engineering companies such as SETEC may be interested in bundling products based on behavioural sciences into their solutions, to complement their existing choice of products and services.
The City of Paris makes available the data from the supervision of boiler rooms in about a hundred buildings including electrical and heat consumption (gas or steam).
The City also supplies indoor temperature, presence and hygrometry readings coming from gyms, day-care centres and other facilities.
PARIS CITY COUNCIL
Heritage and Architecture Division, Energy Transition and Innovation Officer
Marie-Emilie Le Grand
Heritage and Architecture Division, Head of Energy Management and Technology Watch
Director and Founder, Smart Efficiency