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Integrating Energy Efficiency into the Municipal Procurement Process of Buildings—Whose Responsibility?

LUT School of Energy Systems, Lappeenranta University of Technology, FI-53851 Lappeenranta, Finland
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Buildings 2019, 9(2), 45; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings9020045
Received: 14 January 2019 / Revised: 8 February 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 13 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Life Cycle Prediction and Maintenance of Buildings)
This study addresses the challenges in ensuring energy efficiency and high indoor climate quality with efficient use of public money in the municipal building procurement process. Energy efficient municipal building procurement provides a significant leverage when steering the built environment towards the low-carbon economy targets of the EU. Municipal building department professionals need more skills and knowledge to appropriately define the requirements and identify the energy efficient design options accounting for the building’s changing operational environment. This study presents how to systematically integrate energy efficiency in the municipal procurement process of buildings by presenting the list of energy efficiency factors to be included into the procurement process. This list of factors clarifies how indoor climate quality, energy use, and the life cycle economy are related through technological solutions and how the optimal compromise solution can be determined. Furthermore, this list of factors explains the responsibilities in integrating energy efficiency within the municipal building procurement process. Applied in the design of the municipal building the list of factors contributes to more informed and transparent decision-making process. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy efficiency; indoor climate quality; life cycle economy; changing operational environment; municipal building procurement; climate targets energy efficiency; indoor climate quality; life cycle economy; changing operational environment; municipal building procurement; climate targets
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Vinokurov, M.; Grönman, K.; Hammo, S.; Soukka, R.; Luoranen, M. Integrating Energy Efficiency into the Municipal Procurement Process of Buildings—Whose Responsibility? Buildings 2019, 9, 45.

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