Councillors to have say on scheme

Councillors will be asked today to approve Aberdeenshire Council’s participation in a European energy efficiency scheme.

As part of the Europbuild project, the council would investigate refurbishment options for public buildings to increase their energy efficiency, as well as help to develop guidance and best practice on how to implement the necessary changes required to achieve
this.

The project will also encourage the use of renewable energy within buildings, while looking at finance models to ensure that the most economically feasible way of refurbishing buildings will be sought through analysis of existing
methods. Working alongside partnership agencies in the UK, Greece, Poland, Italy, Crotia, Spain and Bulgaria, Aberdeenshire Council would identify a selection of buildings within the region to be audited, benchmarked and explored for financing options to improve their energy efficiency and bring them into the category recognised as nearly zero energy buildings.

The methodology used for this process will be agreed by all partners to ensure that the technique used is transferable across all member states.

The Europbuild (Energy Upgrade Refurbishment of Public Buildings) project

would support implementation of the EU’s target of increasing energy efficiency by 20% by 2020 and aims to demonstrate that an integrated approach to renewable energy and energy efficiency within buildings is necessary for both public and private sector.

Aberdeenshire Council submitted an application for funding for 75% of the total project cost to the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme in May, which is currently being considered.

A decision will be received in November and approval from councillors to participate as the lead authority in the project is being sought prior to entering discussions over any possible grant agreement.