With the aging of the existing post-primary school building stock (new schools/deep retro-fits can take years from planning to completion) there is a need for low-cost solutions that enable long-term resource efficiency in schools & reduced greenhouse gas emission (GHG). EU building energy directives & climate actions to 2020 & 2030 underpin this necessity.
ENERGE addresses this need using targeted physical interventions that combine a web based platform & building sensors (e.g. electrical, thermal etc) with behavioural studies & new educational approaches that enable schools engage in energy & GHG mitigation. This holistic, adaptable & multidisciplinary approach will combine sociological, pedagogic & communications expertise with low cost technology, ICT interventions & systems engineering.
ENERGE is demonstrated in schools in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands. ENERGE aims at reducing the energy consumption at 13 demonstration site schools over the project period . It engages and enables management, teachers, students and maintenance staff (entire school ecosystem) to reduce energy consumption by developing a new web-based platform tailored to different stakeholder within the school ecosystem. Long-term impacts will be consolidated by the development of additional and revised educational material to supplement existing school curricula (for students aged 12-18 i.e. formative years).
ENERGE will track the effects of project initiatives in the school environment and with individual students to monitor how interventions in school can have wider impacts in terms of students’ attitudes and behaviours. ENERGE committees are established in the demonstration schools to provide a focus for transnational engagement of the project schools, long-term studies of the project impact and to enable the whole school community to engage with & sustain energy efficiency & GHG mitigation practices.
ENERGE project partners are also supported by an Advisory Board made up of external partners in industry and government agencies from Ireland, Northern Ireland, Luxembourg and France, who provide advice on the project, including post-project exploitation. ENERGE will contribute to regional, national and transnational policy and exploitation strategies to help roll-out project results across the education and wider public sector.