The first company in France to receive energy efficiency certification from French Association of Electrical Engineering Companies, SPIE develops global solutions for energy and environmental management. From the diagnostic phase to active performance enhancement through energy management, SPIE works with local communities, industries and the service sector.
Energy optimisation: a strong commitment
For more than a decade, SPIE has promoted energy optimisation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat global warming. The Group was the first in its sector to receive energy efficiency certification from the French Association of Electrical Engineering Companies (Syndicat des entreprises de génie électrique et climatique).
SPIE is also a founding member of the French Energy-Efficiency Services Club (Club des services d’efficacité énergétique), an organisation created in November 2005 and funded by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (Agence française de l’environnement et de la maîtrise de l’énergie). The goal of this organisation, whose members include major companies in energy and services, is to communicate with public and private customers to develop the market for energy efficiency.
SPIE: a leader in eco-efficient buildings
The first French company to receive HQE Operations certification for the sustainable maintenance of facilities, SPIE takes part in a number of programmes dedicated to energy efficiency.
Green Office® is a symbol of this commitment to the environment. It’s the first large-scale energy-positive building in France, for which SPIE notably designed a biomass cogeneration system, as well as ventilation networks and air treatment plants. With a surface area of 23,000 m2, this cutting-edge facility located in Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine, France) produces more energy than it consumes due to its bioclimatic architecture and electricity production equipment.
SPIE has also worked to promote energy efficiency in social housing, including the Edgar Degas housing project in Toulouse (France). Thanks to the Group’s expertise in mechanical and climatic engineering, this housing complex’s 173 units annually consume less than 50 kWh/m2 of primary energy, thus meeting the requirements for BBC-Effinergie® certification.
From diagnostic to energy management
Buildings represent a major opportunity in terms of energy savings. SPIE has met this opportunity by offering its customers a range of systems for assessing their energy performance and calculating their carbon footprint: carbon accounting and French Energy Performance Certificates (Diagnostic de performance énergétique).
Through the French Energy Performance Contract (Contrat de Performance Énergétique), SPIE can commit to reaching pre-determined energy performance thresholds through energy management. For example, the Modern Art Museum of Saint-Étienne (France) received SPIE’s first Energy Performance Contract in “Services” in 2011. The contract guarantees a 40% reduction in energy consumption for heat, ventilation and air conditioning over a period of 8 years beginning in 2013.
SPIE also signed an Energy Performance Contract with ICF, SNCF’s housing subsidiary, for the energy renovation of 64 social housing units in Schiltigheim (France). As a result of the real-time monitoring system set up by SPIE, initial data is already available to help maintenance teams manage buildings so as to meet specific energy savings goals (more than 50% in final energy savings).
In September 2013, SPIE and the town of Annemasse have signed an energy performance service contract for six buildings in the town, targeting a 25% reduction in energy consumption and a 29% cut in carbon emissions.
Finally, large companies like EDF and Philips have also selected SPIE as their partner for white certificates (Certificats d’Économies d’Énergie). This system enables energy suppliers to produce certificates designed to generate energy savings for their customers. The certificates indicate the energy savings generated over a building’s entire life cycle.