Following the world wide Kyoto protocol and the strongly increasing energy prices (gas and electricity) on the world market, (the demand for) the application of energy saving measures in utility construction has increased.
In the European Union this demand is partly caused by the new legislation and regulatory of the EPBD (Energy Performance Building Directive) for utility construction which has come into effect on January 1st 2008. For existing utility buildings with a surface area larger than 1.000 m2 it is mandatory to have an energy label), in accordance with the EPA-U methodology and meeting with standards BRL 9500 abd ISSO 75.
Most commissioners in utility construction go further than just obtaining an energy label. They will try to make their utility building more energy efficient using a customized report on the possibilities of energy savings. In most cases this brings a considerable reduction in energy costs which meets the standards of legislation and regulatory.
General operating principle
The operating principle of Go Real Estate is based on effectively achieving a high quality energy advice. A sound advice depends on the quality of data, the advisor and the organization of work processes.
When conducting a survey, Go Real Estate intents to use as much as possible the available data. This assures an optimum use of time. Therefore, more time is available for research or finding cost reducing solutions during location visits. During a visit, data of prior surveys are checked. Recording the data on location (as far as possible) guarantees the actual values in the calculation of the energy efficiency index. An example: the location is compared with the declared dimensions and building characteristics. In the case of incomplete or absent data, the complete building is measured on location.
Customized advice report
A certified customized report features several saving options, obtained from data recorded on location, calculations, as well as the advisorís experience. In this report saving options are elaborated in the form of estimated investment costs, feasible cost reductions and pay-off time. Go Real Estate also investigates subsidy facilities, granted by the central government, for the realization of energy saving options.