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Built Environment Sustainability and Technology in Energy (BEST Energy)
Start date: Feb 1, 2009, End date: Apr 30, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main objective of this project is to improve the energy efficiency in public buildings and street public lighting, by the ICT-based centralized monitoring and management of the energy consumption and production, and to provide decision makers with the necessary tools to be able to plan energy saving measures.To achieve this objective BEST Energy project will implement and validate four pilots, two related to energy efficiency in public buildings (one in a Sports centre in Spain and one in a University building in Germany), and another two regarding energy efficiency in public street lighting. All the pilots will implement innovative advanced control mechanisms allowing to substantially improve the energy efficiency in the respective buildings and spaces, each of them particularized to the specific characteristics of the different buildings and spaces.The initially quantified objective is to achieve a 12% reduction on the energy consumption of the buildings, and at least a 30% reduction of the energy consumption of the public lighting systems. This objective will be reviewed after the initial stage of the project, when more detailed information about the energy use and the different possibilities of reducing the energy consumption will be available. An additional set of objectives will be defined at this stage of the project, regarding energy consumption peaks reduction, and renewable energy use (in the public buildings).Based on these experiences there will be a later replication of the pilot in other buildings, located in Spain, Denmark and the Czech Republic. The aim is to experiment during the BEST Energy project a first replication of the pilot experiences, that will serve other Municipalities to take advantage of the results of the first phase of the project as best practices, achieving the corresponding energy savings.
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