MED-ENEC - Energy Efficiency in the Construction Sector in the Mediterranean

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External cooperation programmes - European Commission

MED-ENEC's Technical Assistance to Algeria - ECOBAT

MED-ENEC is supporting Algeria (APRUE) in designing and implementing an MRV system (Monitoring, Reporting, Evaluation) for the pilot programme ECO-BAT in order to provide a common methodology for monitoring and evaluating the real energy impact savings of the housings built under ECO-BAT.  

MED-ENEC’s support during 2015 (Phase1) contributed to create an operational dedicated team "ECOBAT project-evaluation team" by building the capacities of its members on the assessment of the energy performance of residential buildings using measurements and, by designing a common MRV methodology which can be applied to evaluate the energy impact of the important ECOBAT program.

MED-ENEC has  pursued its support to the "ECOBAT project-evaluation team”  by developing  and providing an MRV ECOBAT toolkit  which consititutes a  guideline for the team to be followed and including all the requirements needed  to make an  evaluation of the energy performance of the buildings based on real measurements and taking into account the sepcifics of the ECOBAT  social housing project.This adapted MRV Ecobat toolkit can be replicated to all the social buildings in the country.

Based on the results of phase 1, ME has  pursued the technical Assistance to "ECOBAT project-evaluation team" during the second half of 2016, by supporting them in implementing and duplicating the MRV methodology of ECO-BAT.

Activities

The objective of the phase 2 is to assist the "ECOBAT project-evaluation team" in designing implementing and duplicating an adapted MRV ECO-BAT methodology (developed in phase 1) for monitoring and assessing the real energy performance of the social housings built under ECO-BAT.

This MRV ECOBAT toolkit  consititutes a  guideline for the team to be followed and will include all the requirements needed  to make an  evaluation of the energy performance of the buildings based on real measurements and taking into account the sepcifics of the ECOBAT  social housing project

The MRV ECOBAT toolkit covered the following topics:

Ø   Methodological ,organizational and financial modalities of the ECOBT MRV protocol

Ø   Technical and information content of the operation  presentation

Ø  Practical procedure for conducting the measurement campaign and the measuring instruments used

Futhermore, the Phase 1 has covered the monitoring and assessment of the thermal envelope performance of Blida by collecting measured data during a period of 4 months and conducting data analysis using dynamic simulation tool which allow to assess specifically the impact of energy efficiency measures implemented on the envelope in a very reliable manner (excluding influence of users and their behavior).

In order to use, enhance and capitalize on the efforts carried out previously, a study of the impact analysis of EE measures and options covering 5 different climate areas in Algeria ( Algier, Adrar, Jelfa, Setif, Tamanrasset) using a dynamic simulation tool has been conducted and discussed with the "ECOBAT project-evaluation team.

The objective  of the study  is to compare the building of Blida with other climatic conditions representing Algerian climate diversity and to study the relevance of the EE measures proposed taking into account the sepcifics of each climate zone.

The dynamic thermal simulation approach allowed to analyze the behavior of the building under very different climatic conditions which allow a better understanding of the thermal behavior of the building and a better design  of the buidings EE policies.

Outcome

The analysis of the building energy performance using measurement helps to better understand the real behavior of a building and its occupants and assess the real impact of the EE measures intoduced.

Furthermore, these type of analyses are rich of lessons in order to confirm or readjust an EE policy or an EE action plan and will guide future policies and programs targeting the improvement of energy performance of buildings.

This operation conducted in Algeria is the first of its kind and will serve as a model for the monitoring of other EE social housing projects and the analysis of their impacts.

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