Energy renovation of heritage buildings using BIM tools and Energy Performance Contracts

A guideline addressed to public administrations and professionals on the energy and environmental performance improvement of public historic buildings using the “Heritage Building Information modelling (HBIM)” methodology.


BEEP project aims at strengthening the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to enhance energy efficiency in buildings. The testing of this emerging technology on built heritage will be performed to demonstrate its scalability to the entire building stock. The project will provide public administrations with a powerful method for the energy rehabilitation of public buildings to be supported with private funds through the Energy Performance Contracting (*). The project’s main outcome will be an innovative methodology based on the integration of emerging technologies tested on 9 heritage public buildings located in Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.


(*) Energy performance contracting (EPC) is a mechanism for organising energy efficiency financing. The EPC involves an Energy Service Company (ESCO) which provides various services, such as finances and guaranteed energy savings. The remuneration of the ESCO depends on the achievement of the guaranteed savings. The ESCO stays involved in the measurement and verification process for the energy savings in the repayment period. ESCO and energy performance contracting are mostly found in the public sector and to a lesser extent in the industrial and commercial building sectors (Hilke and Ryan, 2012). Source: European Comission.

The project BEEP – BIM for Energy Efficiency in the Public Sector – is funded by the European Union under the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme.

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