Brussels, May 9th, 2017 – The Services division of SPIE Belgium, a subsidiary of the SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, signed a multi-site energy performance and maintenance & comfort contract (EPC) for 12 buildings belonging to the property company, Fedimmo, in Wallonia and Brussels. This contract came into effect on 1st January 2017, after a two-year public contract procedure.
The objectives of an energy performance and maintenance & comfort contract are to ensure the long-term improvement in energy efficiency and in the condition of all existing buildings, whilst optimising occupant comfort. It is the mission assigned to SPIE Belgium by Régie des Bâtiments for 12 of its buildings (9 in Wallonia and 3 in Brussels), whose Fedimmo is the property owner. It involves several sizeable structures, such as the Treasury office of the Federal Public Finance department, SPF Finances, in Brussels, and the AFSCA (Federal Agency for Food Chain Safety), in Liège. This contract, which has been agreed for a maximum 11-year duration, focuses on the environmentally responsible operation of the facilities and carrying out of work on the buildings. The operations section of the contract includes overall maintenance, offering a complete guarantee for all of the technical facilities. SPIE's involvement concerns the climate engineering, electrical and sanitary facilities and security devices.
The energy monitoring element of the contract is defined by a specific protocol, the "Measurement and Verification Plan" (MVP). Its preparation and implementation enabled an energy efficiency target to be set, which SPIE has undertaken to meet and maintain.
Particular attention has been paid to facilities that have an impact on energy consumption. In total, SPIE has proposed nearly 50 projects, including the replacement of chillers with two 500 and 300 kW heat pumps, the addition of a wide range of variable frequency drives, the replacement of standard pumps by variable speed pumps and part of the building lighting to be by LED tubes.
This work will be carried out in 2017. From 2018 onwards, it will be possible to measure and monitor the various parameters using the telemetry system installed at the start. The contract also includes preventive and curative measures aimed at ensuring the efficient running of systems (including repairs) and maintaining NEN-2767 condition scores. That means reducing energy consumption whilst ensuring that occupant comfort is maintained or even improved, through a ‘Bonus/Penalty’ system.
Hugues Malherbe, Facility Project Manager Consultant at Régie des Bâtiments, describes its collaboration with SPIE Belgium: "At the end of a two-phase negotiation procedure, we selected SPIE Belgium who convinced us with its excellent references, perfect grasp of the specifications and, above all, the quality of the bid they submitted. The contract is still in its early stages, but we can already state that the collaboration is working very well, despite the difficulty in setting up such a contract. We hope to be able to congratulate ourselves in the coming years on having chosen the ideal partner. "