Smart energy efficiency

In recent years, the energy consumption of buildings has gained increasing attention as one of the fields with the greatest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by or within cities. Considering that the lifetime of a building is normally between 50 and 100 years, an energy-efficient building will have a positive impact over a long period of time.

Fullriggaren in Malmö, Sweden's largest gathering of passive houses. Foto City of Malmö

Fullriggaren in Malmö, Sweden's largest gathering of passive houses.

UN Global goals.

Connected to Goals 11 and 13.

Energy efficiency has been high on the agenda and new solutions and technological advancement have led to a continuous reduction in the energy demand of newly constructed buildings. Integrated energy systems, that is, energy synergies between buildings and building clusters, are being tested and smart grids are in development. However, technical solutions in buildings are only one side of the coin.

Modern solutions require a high degree of understanding from users and even the best technical solutions might deliver sub-optimal results if used incorrectly. This session will look into different aspects of energy-efficient buildings: technical solutions within the building, measuring, energy clusters and smart grids, and the user perspective. The starting point for the session will be the FP7-funded Buildsmart project and the experience it has provided.

Technical visit: Malmö Live, Hyllie, Skanska
This technical visit will offer you an inside view of three energy-efficient buildings, as well as enable you to get acquainted with the climate-smart Hyllie district of Malmö. The first building to be visited will be the venue  for the SCD2016 conference Malmö Live to see what technological and behavioural solutions have been included to reduce energy consumption in the building. We will then continue to Hyllie, where the City of Malmö, the energy company E.ON and the regional water and waste management board VA SYD are developing a smart energy grid. You will have the opportunity to visit Skanska’s main office for southern Sweden, a LEED platinum certified building and a residential building.

Date: 30 November, 1.30 pm – 4.00 pm

Round table discussions
Introduction: Eric Lecomte, Policy Officer, European Commission -Directorate General for Energy, Unit C.2, New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal.

Lecomte will present how the European Commission is working with reaching the EU's renewable energy and energy efficiency targets.

Four main topics will be in focus for the following round table discussions:

  • Metering and measuring: Experiences and lessons learned from monitoring the energy performance of buildings. This topic will focus on the data collection aspects of monitoring buildings’ energy performance. Experience from Buildsmart and ZenN will provide input to the discussion. 
  • Technical solutions: What is our experience of different construction-related technical solutions that have been implemented? What lessons have been learned and what could be improved? What are the challenges with regard to energy efficiency measures and how can they be overcome?
  • Smart energy and the user: What is the user perspective of smart grids and smart energy applications in residential and non-residential contexts? What impact does user behaviour have on buildings’ energy performance and how could this be quantified?
  • Energy cluster and smart grid systems: What experience has been gained from smart energy grids in new constructions and existing built environments? How is the data used to balance different energy demands gathered?

This session will be able to accommodate about 70 participants.

Date: 1 December, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Dialogue Seminars
There will be two seminar sessions for this topic. The content will include discussions on building performance (new-build and retrofitted), methods and tools for building and district assessments, as well as certification schemes. Presentations will be made by researchers and practitioners. The presentations will be short and concise to enable discussions with and input from the participants.

“Urban transition insights - Smart Energy Efficiency in existing buidings”:

  • Renovation needs and potential for improved energy performance depending on type of ownership
    Magnus Österbring, Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Affordable and adaptable public building energy through Efficiency Retrofitting
    Maria Ahlm, IVL, Malmö, Sweden
  • Innovative and cost-effective enhancement of the energy efficiency of existing buildings
    Liisa Fransson, Kraftringen, Lund, Sweden

Moderator: Mauritz Glauman, University of Gävle, Sweden

“Urban transition insights - Smart Energy Efficiency in new buildings”:

  • Designing a solar neighbourhood in Malmö Hyllie
    Jouri Kanters, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  • BuildSmart - analysis and verification of buildings energy performance
    Carolina Faraguna, IVL, Malmö, Sweden
  • Energy conservation measures and monitoring strategy
    Jeanette Green, IVL, Malmö, Sweden

Moderator: Ronald Rovers, Zuyd University of Applied Science

Date: 1 December, 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm

All abstracts presented in Urban transition insights will also be included in the conference anthology.

For more information contact:

Roland Zinkernagel

Project Manager

Unit for City Development and Climate

Environment Department, City of Malmö

Cell phone  +46 708 12 02 27