Belfort, 15 June 2015 – SPIE Est announced that it has signed an energy performance contract with Belfort city council, for improvement work and maintenance on the city’s HVAC installations aimed at achieving significant energy savings within a few years.
This nine-year contract covers all the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installations in Belfort’s 30 principal public buildings (including the city library, cultural centres, schools, gymnasiums, town hall, covered markets and municipal workshops).
SPIE Est will join forces with its local partner, MDTE, to carry out improvement works to obtain a guaranteed reduction of more than 18% in energy consumption and a 20% cut in CO2 emissions (equivalent to 464 tonnes*) in five years. SPIE Est will supervise and validate engineering studies and work performed by MDTE. The maintenance and running of all the installations, specified in the second part of the contract, will be ensured entirely by SPIE Est.
The installations’ state of progress and energy performance levels will be visible in real time throughout the term of the contract by means of an energy monitoring tool which will map out all the sites concerned. This will enable the city council to check compliance with specified energy targets.
User training scheme
To optimise the contribution of user personnel to the goal of reducing energy consumption, SPIE Est has organised a user training scheme in partnership with Gaïa Energies, a local association specialised in promoting energy efficiency. This training, taking into account feedback from the association’s previous contracts, is tailored to the user’s specific characteristics and their relationship with each building. It will focus on selected energy efficiency criteria for each site with the aim of highlighting and promoting best practices.
The impact of this training programme will be backed up with a visual communication campaign (posters), reminding the buildings’ users of Belfort city council’s commitment to energy efficiency and its connection with the improvement works performed.
"On the basis of the precise objectives set, the commitment of our teams and the heightened awareness of users, the city of Belfort will be able to significantly reduce its energy consumption while increasing service levels for users,” says Jean-Yves Vienot, director of SPIE Est’s Franche-Comté office. “This is a source of great satisfaction for us and all the more so because we are helping the city pursue its sustainable development policy.”
“This project is a major challenge for the city of Belfort. It illustrates the new council’s determination to speed up the implementation of energy savings and to help cut greenhouse gas emissions,” says Jean-Marie Herzog, head of the city’s urban planning and works department. “This procedure combining a partnership agreement and competitive dialogue is a first for the city of Belfort. The city council opted for competitive dialogue to make sure it would be able to rely on the company’s expertise and find the best possible solutions in order to secure optimal energy savings and user comfort. And the campaign to raise user awareness suggested by the company is of key important for the success of this project.”
*1 tonne of C02 is equivalent to the carbon emissions produced per passenger by a return flight between Paris and New York.
About the city of Belfort
Built around the old town redesigned by Vauban in the 16th century, the city of Belfort is a major urban centre in France’s Rhin-Rhône metropolitan area. Standing at the foot of its monumental lion with a citadel towering above, Belfort is a hive of cultural, industrial and university activity. The city’s architectural heritage reflects its military history: the citadel designed by Vauban, a series of fortified sites, monuments commemorating the great battles of Belfort and Lion of Belfort created by sculptor Bartholdi.
City of culture and sport
As the venue for high-profile events such as the FIMU international university music festival, the Eurockéennes rock festival, the Entrevues film festival, the Lion half-marathon and the Mois Givré winter sports centre, the city of Belfort is one of the capitals of culture and sport in the Franche-Comté region. These events complement and rely on the city’s rich underlying social life which is supported by a wide range of facilities, including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, skate-boarding park and music conservatory.
An industrial centre on an international scale
Belfort’s economy is based on high-tech industries, notably with the presence of General Electric Energy’s Techn'om and Alstom Transports. This industrial activity is supplemented by a close-knit network of local shops and supermarkets.
High-level education and training
The Belfort urban area offers a wide choice of high-level education and training centres, including the University of Technology of Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM), the UFR STGI training centre of the University of Franche-Comté, faculties of economic and social administration, law and sciences, Belfort-Montbéliard university institute of technology (offering courses in IT, mechanical engineering and electronics), a university institute of technology specialising in social careers, and the ESTA school of business and engineering offering training in the fields of both industry and business and which recently opened a branch in Lyon.
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