In collaboration with the Danish Energy Association, the Danish Energy Industries Federation and the Danish Energy Agency, State of Green has recently published the new white paper 'Smart Buildings: Combining energy efficiency, flexibility and comfort'. The publication offers a selection of examples and opinions, each demonstrating opportunities and lessons learned from different stakeholders across the Danish smart buildings industry, supported by state-of-the-art case examples from across the world.
In Denmark as well as in many other countries, fluctuating renewable energy resources account for an increasing share of power generation. The green transition requires enhanced focus on energy consumption and the ability to shift demand to hours where there is more wind and solar power in the energy system.
Buildings account for up to 40% of society’s energy demand and thereby play a key role in the green transition. By building smarter it is possible to achieve greater energy savings, flexibility and comfort to the benefit of people and the climate.
About the white paper
The aim of this white paper is to share best practice on smart buildings that offer more flexibility, comfort and energy efficiency. Through several state-of-the-art case examples, the white paper illustrates the potentials and lessons learned on how to maximise the outcome of implementing smart systems in buildings through innovative architecture, construction, technology, management and user-behaviour.
The white paper is a tool for inspiration to spot the potential and promote or implement building automation and energy-efficient measures in new and existing buildings globally. The potential of smart buildings extend beyond the buildings themselves when they play their role as flexible components in a diverse energy system that offers still larger amounts of fluctuating energy sources. The cases presented in the new publication are examples of buildings that hold the potential needed for energy efficiency and flexibility to be integrated in the intelligent energy system of tomorrow.
Endorsed by Danish minster and European commissioner
The publication was warmly welcomed by the Danish minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt, who also visited the nordic pavilion at the international event World Efficiency in Paris.
-Smart buildings can increase efficiency and reliability in the overall energy system, storing energy when it is abundant, and then releasing it and shutting down non-essential consumption when demand is high. Obviously, this can reduce peak loads, the need for generation capacity and the risk of blackouts. This may be worthwhile in any energy system, the minister states in the white paper.
Also, the Vice President of the European Commission for the Energy Union, Maroš Šefcovic acknowledges the importance of buildings as part of the green transition:
– The solutions you have highlighted manifests, once again, that energy efficiency provides Europe’s industry with an unparalleled business opportunity. I have often said that the Energy Union was a triple-win Strategy, benefiting the economy, society, and the environment. In your work – you exemplify that! I therefore encourage you to continue. I have no doubt that together we can make Europe the most energy-efficient continent.