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References

ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND RENEWABLE ENERGY

Analysis of the MDE issue in non-interconnected zones (ZNI) to revise the PPE (Corsica, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte and Réunion)

Alphéeis has been selected by ADEME to refine the actions of MDEs envisaged within the framework of the Multiannual Energy Program in non-interconnected zones: Corsica, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, La Réunion, Martinique and Mayotte. The objective of this study is to provide the PPE Steering Committees with an analysis of the issues related to these different themes and proposals for documented actions in order to feed the reflections during the revision phase planned for 2018.

The mission is based on a first phase to assess the state of play of the MDE in each territory and then to develop proposals and a method to evaluate the impact of these measures on the CSPE.

At the same time, Alphéeis assists ADEME and EDF SEI in the implementation of the deliberation of CRE of February 19th concerning the operations of small MDE. In cooperation with the services of EDF SEI, Alphéeis has developed a calculation tool, made available to the commissions set up in each ZNI, in order to enable them to prepare a territorial compensation framework.

Contact : Pierre Nolay

July, 2017

Animation of the Research&Development seminar of ADEME

Alphéeis moderated the research and development seminar of ADEME on the topic of renewable energy: Production, Storage and Management. These two days allowed to review the main research projects supported by ADEME and devise lessons learned and new research paths for future ADEME research programs.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
Mai 2016

Contribution to the work of Guaranteed Collective Thermal Solar Performance (GPSTC)

Alphéeis, Eversheds, Alain Filloux Council and IBTech / Evo led a preparatory research to develop a guaranteed collective solar thermal energy systems performance. The aim is to ensure secondary and auxiliary energy consumption for the production of collective sanitary hot water by solar energy.

Our technical support and legal mission aim to define: the analysis tools needs :

  • the principle of GPSTC
  • the instrumentation needs
  • intervention needs of instrumentation at the installation and exploitation levels,

and finally, to respond to the links between the responsibilities and legal engagements of all stakeholders (quality assurance procedures, model (s) of rapport (s), etc. ) depending on the resources and budgets as well as new possible financing for thermal solar energy.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
May 2015

“Energy Technology Collaborative Action Plan” for domestic hot water (PACTE
ECS) press release publication

With the collaboration of ADEME, Alpheeis launched in August 2009 its Energy technology collaborative action plan for domestic hot water (PACTE ECS) as part of its National Programme of Research and Experimentation on Energy in Building (PREBAT).

While hot water is expected to become the first post with the widespread of low energy consumption buildings and the implementation of the 2012 thermal regulations, 5 research projects for efficient hot water systems were selected by ADEME. Within 1-2 years, this research should allow the appearance of innovative and high performance domestic hot water equipment for new and renovated collective houses, at current market rates.

Within this Energy Technology Collaborative Action Plan (PACTE), the missions of Alphéeis are to provide state of the art technologies, markets, actors, programs, ect; as well as host annual meetings for the exchange, restitution and discussion of the results of various studies conducted by the teams.

The Energy Technology Collaborative Action Plan for domestic hot water (PACTE ECS) closing seminar took place on April 9, 2015. On this occasion, a PRESS RELEASE (French version ) was published to present the main results of the program.

Contact: Etienne Marx
April 2015

Expertise mission of the guaranteed collective Solar Thermal Systems Performance

Although in existence for many years, the Guarantee Solar Result does not seem to fully meet the aspirations of building managers who demand a real guarantee for their energy costs. To restore this device, ADEME wished to set up a think tank to define first guidelines for a redefinition of Guarantee Solar Performance work consistent with the GPE in an overall building performance, and a work approach on a methodology to ensure gas and electricity consumption for the production of hot water (extra guarantees consumption), excluding the perimeter of the heating applications performance guarantee.

Alphéeis participated in this collective work to develop a more general framework for guarantee thermal solar performance for the development of a new solar guarantee performance offer.

Contact : Pierre Nolay
September 2014

Design of technical datasheets for executives or managers of hotels and offices

CCI Nice Côte d'Azur asked Alphéeis to create cards to help technical managers and owners for their investment decision in choosing energy efficient equipment. This mission was addressed to office and tourism sectors. It led to the realization of 9 cards for dédicated solutions to offices and 11 cards dedicated to solutions for hotels. These cards relate to energy-using equipment (heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation, etc.) or having a significant role in energy consumption of buildings and their uses (office and computer in offices and kitchen equipment for hotels), the structure of buildings (insulation, windows and doors, permeability) or also energy management (building automation). They also concern the local facilities for production of thermal energy and electricity.

To access (French version)

contact : Pierre Nolay

January 2014

Monitor and professional information about energy, comfort and IAQ

Energy Information Services (EIS) is a company created in 2009 by three offices specialising in the energy and building sectors: Allie'Air, Alphéeis and Pierre Barles Consultant. EIS aims to promote effective energy and sanitary solutions in the building sector.

Its mission is the provision of collection services, information dissemination and monitoring of the innovative aspects of buildings and equipment Energy Information services (EIS) also develops training activities.

Alphéeis brings to EIS its organization, resources and expertise to form thematic monitoring files on the development of technologies for heating, hot water, ventilation and insulation of buildings. The Alphéeis services also include monitoring of  regulatory developments for all areas covered.

Documents to be consulted (French version) :

Contact: Pierre Nolay
August 2013

Economic, technical and environmental feasibility study of the mini and micro cogeneration in business

CCI Nice Côte d'Azur entrusted Alphéeis the mission to assess the economic, technical and environmental feasibility of the micro (P <25kW) and mini (25kW

A benchmark in the French and European level has not identified transactions in which cogeneration equipment in targeted power lines were conclusively operated. The grid-connected installations are almost nonexistent in France.

Consumption is encouraged by the significant cost differential between generated electricity selling price and price of purchased electricity from the grid. A rate of about 20 ° c € is desirable.

A technical, economic and environmental assessment tool has been developed. The potential for saving primary energy (electricity produced on site) and the calculated reduction potential of greenhouse gas emissions are important. They allow to consider the long-term (heat and electricity generating equipment with a lifespan of 15 to 17 years ) an important contribution of cogeneration in companies, for the energy balance of the Alpes-Maritimes department.

Support tools for the promotion of techniques have been developed: A simplified assessment tool for the relevance of a cogeneration

A consumer brochure Few existing operations datasheets. In addition, various actions and collaboration with local, national and international stakeholders are proposed.

Contact : Pierre Nolay
August 2013

Analysis of individual motivations to become electricity producers?

What are the motivations of households who decide to become photovoltaic electricity producers and what are their aspirations as a producer for the future?

This is the question that the sociological study currently being conducted by Alphéeis on behalf of an energy player is trying to answer. A particular challenge is to see how successful the integration of renewable energies on the grid, and how individual producers could contribute to the balance between production and consumption of electricity on the network. This study is the subject of a communication under the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) of 2013 (www.eceee.org).

Click here to consult the article "Understanding household decisions.." (English version)

Contact: Aurélie Goater
June 2012

Feasibility study of a solar water heater powered by optical fibre

This research and development project concerns a very innovative process: a solar water heater powered by fibre optics. The idea is not to convert light energy into heat in a sensor, but to direct it by optical fibre to the place of storage - the heater which will be converted.

In detail, the light energy is concentrated and injected into a light conductor. It is conducted under its radiative form from the sensor to the receiver where it is converted into thermal energy used to heat water.

This research and development project, supported by ADEME, is associated around Alphéeis, the CSTB. The CNRS, EDF, and the Giordano Corporation.

December 2011

Evaluation of solutions for energy production and control of energy demand for the development project of the Var Plain

As part of the development of the Var plain, the French Riviera metropolis Nice asked Alphéeis to evaluate different environmental solutions to be deployed in thecontext of future development operations.

This mission was to study the technical, economic and organizational feasibility for the development of innovative solutions for the development project of Var Plains.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
February 2011

Organising workshops on very low temperature geothermal

Alphéeis was commissioned by ADEME (French Agency for Environment and Energy Management), BRGM (Office Of Geological And Mining Research) and CSTB (Building Science and Technique Centre) to organise a prospective and reflection seminar with all stakeholders, to be held at ADEME Valbonne on 16 and 17 December 2009.

What are the development goals target for 2020 for heating and cooling in residential buildings, buildings of the service sector and industrial buildings through the enhancement of superficial geothermal resources?

What techniques and applications to develop and promote in priority, which R & D programs to develop?

More generally, what strategy to implement to achieve the objectives in technological, sociological, economic and organisational terms?

These workshops allowed to define actions to be taken during the 2010 – 2020 period, validated by all stakeholders and specifying the means to implement in order to support, organise and support these actions. The results of these workshops are available on the website of the event (www.alpheeis.biz)

Contact: Pierre Nolay
January 2010

 

Redeployment and maintenance of the production follow-up table of French wind farms

ADEME, commissioned by the State to provide an accurate web inventory tool for wind farms and monitoring of production, retained Alphéeis associated with the web agency Kaliop, to develop a monitoring tool for the development of wind farms in France. Alphéeis advocated an information collection methodology for the professional network and established agreements with all stakeholders as well as designed the collection tools and monitoring quantitative data.

September 2009

Animation of a working group on collective solar systems for the production of domestic hot water

From 2001 to 2009, Alphéeis led a working group responsible for the development of hot water by solar energy collective installations sector.

August 2009

Design for collective solar installations guide

ALPHEEIS contributed to the working group's activities established by the ICO Association at the request of ADEME, Gaz de France and EDF and assured the creation of a professional guide for the design of public facilities for hot water production by solar energy which will be published in the first half of 2008

The purpose of this guide is to offer engineering firms a simple and practical method to design installations. This work was conducted under the coordination of the Office of Technical Studies ADRET. The Technical Studies Offices, ADRET, AFIMEC, HOLISUD, ITF, TCEP, the Toulouse National Institute of Applied Sciences, INES Education, the PNEUMATEX society and ALPHEEIS have participated in its elaboration. ALPHEEIS formulated in the final draft.

To consult the guide, click here (French version)

Contact: Alain Filloux
July 2009

Very low enthalpy application of geothermal energy : structuring action plans for France

The French Institute CSTB (Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment) has decided to work with Alphéeis on the elaboration of a support action plan for geothermal energy in France (very low enthalpy applications).

State of the art technological matters (technologies available, current R&D actions, …) and non-technological matters related to the development of very low enthalpy applications of geothermal energy are being carried out in order to identify highpriority actions for France.

Key actors of the sector will be consulted in 2009 to validate the proposed action plans and to take part in the follow-up actions.

Contact: Aurèlie Goater
December 2008

Principles and modalities of the X3A mechanism

In 2008, Alphéeis, in collaboration with INES, conducted on behalf of ADEME a study that aimed to:

Define principles and modalities to monitor the performance of collective solar installations supported under the Heat Fund.

Define the characteristics of the instrumentation set up on each installation to ensure a performance monitoring.

Define the principles and terms of information gathering and processing to ensure constant and long duration monitoring.

Define the principles and display modalities of processed information via a dedicated website, with the possibility of varying the degree of accessibility to information based on target audiences, and aggregating information at different geographical levels (departmental, regional, national)

The resulting document is the specification of the national consultation that ADEME has launched for the designation of a provider (or group of benefit) for the effective implementation of all of the XNA mechanism in the second quarter of 2008.

September 2008

Alphéeis and integration of solar components in constructed elements

After conducting a prospective research in 2005 to identify innovative paths in the architectural integration of active thermo solar systems (Study carried out in the framework of the PUCA's "Future of the Habitat" in collaboration with the ENTPE, Ecole des Mines d'Albi and ADSC), Alphéeis collaborated on the study and development of a facade element, including active solar components (water flow sensors), designed and developed as part of an R & D project for two years, with the help of ADEME (Building Preparation for the start of the 2010's program, in collaboration with Jacques Giordano Industries, Ecole des Mines de Paris, ENTPE, Architectural Systems, ADSC). The work conducted under this research aimed to study, design and build a building construction element, permanently and integrally ensuring all the functions normally carried out by the facade elements and thermo solar collectors using water traffic.

Models were built and installed to be tested under real usage conditions, on the site of the Grands Ateliers de l'Isle d'Abeau (38).

Contact : Alain Filloux
May 2008

Guarantee solar results

The concept of Guarantee Solar Results was born in the late 80s, from the willingness of professionals to be more involved in the lives of collective solar installations. The idea to ensure, beyond the good performance of the components, the energy produced by the solar system has since been imposed. Thus was born the concept of Guarantee Solar Results, which was implemented for the first time in 1988.

As part of its mission to promote renewable energy, ADEME has implemented the "Plan Soleil" (formerly Helios 2006), a 2000/2006 national program, for amplifying the spread of these applications on the ground and to support it with substantial state aid, including collective applications for domestic hot water in residential and commercial buildings of all types.

Under certain conditions, the ADEME has awarded grants to building owners for new operations of collective solar hot water. : realisation of a prior solar pre-diagnosis, use of solar collectors enjoying a Technical Opinion (and associated CSTBat certification) in the validation process, are systems with more than 50 m² of solar collectors, an operation conducted as part of a Guarantee Solar Results(GRS) that unites the client and the consortium chosen for the project.

In 2006, ADEME entrusted ALPHEEIS, in collaboration with the COSTIC, INES, TECSOL and ENERPLAN to provide a qualitative state of these operations: various collective solar facilities installed in different regions of Franch (excluding overseas territories), since the beginning of the “Plan Soleil” have been identified, a review of the energy performance of facilities, based on the results of the Guarantee Solar Results, when it exists, has been made in terms of performances forcast in the documents of pre-diagnosis or feasibility studies.

The principles and methods of application and implementation of a GRS applicable to all types of solar systems (collective and individual), whatever the size and design principles (storage of technical water, installation of centralised facility to individual supplements ...) have been proposed.

Several levels of complexity, and guarantee thresholds were studied: the indicators, metrological principles, implementation modalities and operational instrumentation attached to each level of GRS has been set. Supporting market materials (notebooks contractual expenses for the procurement of GRS and the award of Good Operation Control market) were drafted. They determine the conditions under which the 'monitoring' markets facilities are run.

Contact : Alain Filloux
December 2007

MARKET AND SERVICES

European Energy Poverty Observatory (EPOV)

The European Energy Poverty Observatory is a 40 month project, starting from December 2016, aimed at engendering transformational change in knowledge about the extent of energy poverty in Europe, and measures to combat it.

Energy poverty can be understood as the inability to secure adequate levels of energy services (such as space heating, cooling, lighting and information technology), and is estimated to affect more than 50 million people in the European Union.

The EPOV project is funded by the European Commission, and is implemented by a consortium of 13 organisations, including universities, advocacy groups, think tanks, and the business sector. The University of Manchester leads the consortium: Dr Harriet Thomson acts as Project Manager, while Professor Stefan Bouzarovski chairs the Steering Committee. 

Among other objectives, EPOV is geared at improving the transparency of information and policy by bringing together the disparate sources of data and knowledge that exist in varying degrees across the whole of the EU. It also provides a user-friendly and open-access resource that promotes public engagement as well as informed decision making by local, national and EU-level decision makers. The Observatory will support the work of interested stakeholders, based on a holistic approach to understanding and addressing energy poverty in the European Union. 

The main EPOV consortium members are:

    •    The University of Manchester

    •    Ecofys

    •    European Policy Centre

    •    Intrasoft International

    •    National Energy Action

    •    Wuppertal Institute 

The core partners will also be supported by a range of other energy poverty organisations:

    •    Alphéeis

    •    Asociación de Ciencias Ambientales

    •    ECODES

    •    Energy Action Project (EnAct)

    •    Energy Action Ltd

    •    Housing Europe

    •    Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving 

    •    EU Fuel Poverty Network (EUFPN)      

The Observatory benefits from the research environment provided by the Collaboratory for Urban Resilience and Energy within the Manchester Urban Institute.

New Energy Poverty website goes live.

Contact : Pierre Nolay

April 2017 

Evaluation of commissioning missions and development of an operational toolkit

ADEME has retained the Costic and Alphéeis to evaluate a dozen commissioning missions carried out in France and to develop an operational toolkit designed to facilitate the implementation of such missions.

Contact : Pierre Nolay

November 2016

Development of communication tools to promote the book "Methods and tools of the Guarantee of energy results

Following the publication of the book "Methods and Tools of the Guarantee of Energy Results" published by Le Monteur, the Fondation Bâtiment-Energie has asked Alphéeis to build two communication tools in order to enhance this work among potential users. This is a summary document and a PowerPoint presentation. These documents will soon be available in French and English.

Contact : Pierre Nolay

November 2016

 

Smart meters serving precarious households

Smart-Up project, submitted by Alphéeis, consortium leader, and its partners (NEA-GB, AISFOR-IT Ecoserveis-ESP, PIM Malta) is part of the 47 projects selected under the H2020 Energy Efficiency program. This project aims to encourage the active use of smart meters and in-house display by vulnerable consumers. 

5,000 vulnerable households will be involved in 5 partner countries.

The project includes actions relating to the training of installers, social workers and other local actors in close contact with vulnerable households.

In addition to the management of the project, Alphéeis will be particularly involved in the assessment of energy savings generated by the set of accompanying actions insecure households.

The first months of work allowed to:

- Develop training for installers or social workers to accompany insecure households for proper use of smart meters (linky in France)

- Train social workers (more than 300 people were trained in 6 countries)

- Develop a monitoring tool consumption, to enable households to monitor their consumption in the days and months to identify the most energy efficient equipment and habits and the most energy consuming behaviors,

- Develop a survey questionnaire to get to know these households and their relation to energy.

- To initiate visits to 5,000 vulnerable households. Visited households respond to the survey and receive advice to take advantage of smart meters and beyond to implement environmentally friendly practices to reduce their energy bills.

The next phase of the study will focus in 2017 on testing support services to a smaller number of households in order to draw lessons on the value of these various forms of support.

Contact: Pierre Nolay

October 2016

 

Drafting recommendations to predispose buildings to the smart grid (Smart Grid Ready)

Alphéeis drafted on behalf of the CCI Nice Côte d'Azur a list of recommendations to make buildings Smart Grid ready. This document specifies how to predispose buildings to take advantage of the services offered by smart grids and meet environmental constraints buildings face in responding to rapid changes in regulations.

To consult the document, click here (French version)

Contact: Pierre Nolay
May 2016

Drafting a recommendation guide for the implementation of guaranteed energy performance

ADEME entrusted Alphéeis with the drafting of a recommendations guide for the implementation of Guarantee Energy Performance (GPE). The tone and writing style of this guide should be resolutely educational, didactic and editor must take into account the specificity of the targeted readers and level of knowledge of the subject. The Guarantee Energy Performance, central subject of the book, not yet being a concept known to professionals, a working definition, explanation and extension is thus important to allow the appropriation of the content of the book by the readers.

The guide will address the following targets:

  • Developers: public and private services, social landlords, condominiumtrustees
  • AMO
  • Developers
  • Operators implementing the GPE

The first part of the guide will introduce the concept of GPE, present the GPEI (intrinsic guarantee energy performance) and ERM (guarantee energy income), the differences and similarities between these in order to clarify these concepts and avoid confusion for the reader.

Contact : Pierre Nolay
June 2015

Animation of the National Observatory of Energy Insecurity (ONPE)

 

Following the observation study and monitoring of data relative to energy insecurity, Alphéeis has been given a new mission by ADEMA aiming to:update key figures of the ONPE from the collection, analysis and processing of data for the year 2014, the valuation of studies conducted during the first period of the ONPE, but not yet distributed as GéoVEHM modelling tool or the work on indicators of fuel insecurity associated with mobility.

The animation of the ONPE website and dissemination of studies, documents and events related with the activities of the ONPE.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
January 2016

 

Evaluation of Technical Management of Building in the tertiary.

With the collaboration of Ibtech, Alphéeis made a study on the evaluation of Technical Management of Building systems in place in the tertiary sector in France.

The audit of 15 Technical Management of Building transactions helped identify weaknesses in each defining requirements phase and design of exploitation and the maintenance of the Technical Management of Building systems.

The many lessons learned from this study were shared and discussed at workshops with about twenty experts representing all stakeholders. For more information, consult the REPORT and the SUMMARY of the study.(French version)

Contact: Pierre Nolay
January 2016

ONPE: 1st report on fuel poverty

ONPE organised on October 3, 2014 in the “Maison de l’Artisanat” in Paris its first conference to present the work carried out for over two years by the consortium led by ALPHEEIS and composed of the following partners: CSTB CREDOC, ARAIS, CLER, Habitat & Development, the LVMT.

This first symposium was a success both in terms of the 250 people who attended and also the wealth of announcements and information exchanged. The methodological contributions and statistical treatments presented by the consortium allowed to present a much more mixed picture of the phenomenon, that concerns one French in 5 today.
 The work continues, you are invited in 2015 to a new symposium, which will be equally exciting!

Contact: Pierre Nolay
November 2014

Expert mission of Project Solar Thermal Systems Collective Performance Guarantee (GPSTC)

Although existing for many years, the Guaranteed Solar results do not seem fully meet the aspirations of building managers who demand a real guarantee of their energy costs. To renovate this device, ADEME wanted to set up a task force to define preliminary guidelines to a redefinition of Solar Performance Guarantee, consistent with an overall process of building performance and to work on a methodology to ensure a reduction of the gas and electricity used to produce hot water, excluding from the scope of this performance guarantee heating applications. 

Alphéeis participated in this collective effort to provide the guarantee of solar thermal result with a more general framework to develop a new offer of solar performance guarantee.

Contact : Pierre Nolay

August 2014

The feasibility study of a repayable advance for households affected by energy insecurity to carry out applicable renovations in their homes

Under the PREBAT and its working group on reducing energy insecurity, the PUCA, ADEME and ANAH made an appeal for research and experimentation proposals
entitled "Energy Insecurity: new public issues, new research questions. " The purpose of this program is to propose areas for improvement of existing plans and lines of thinking to develop a preventive public policy.

AAlphéeis is conducting a feasibility study of the technical, economic and legal aspects of a funding mechanism to enable precarious households to improve the energy quality of their housing with the aim to get them out of energy insecurity. This program is based on a "repayable advance" that would be used for the improvement of the energy quality of the affected household, the repayment of the advance being made during the property title transfer (sale or transfer).

This research project was based on the analysis of present arrangements made abroad (particularly in the UK) and the first experiments conducted in France (in particular by the Urban Community of Dunkirk), a feasibility study on an already implemented renovation case, and the presentation of the plan to twenty stakeholders involved in the fight against energy insecurity in France.

The Alphéeis study has shown the interest of such a plan to permanently get households out of this energy insecurity. The results were presented at the third seminar on the research program support, held on Monday, March 24, 2014 in Paris.

Contact: Etienne Marx
Mars 2014

Animation of Research Workshop on Energy Performance Guarantee for Building-Energy Foundation

Alphéeis was chosen by the Building-Energy Foundation to lead and drive the research workshop, launched during the second half of 2010, on Guarantee Energy Performance.

This workshop aims to develop a comprehensive methodology for measurement and verification (M & V) to foster the development of the guaranteed energy performance on "global" energy renovation operations of existing buildings on their envelope and systems, implementing work on several buildings.

These operations will ideally aim for Factor 4, and at least for factor 2 without "killing" the field that will be necessary to mobilise to attain factor 4. Thus, the method of M & V will also be on the roadmap expected to reach this factor 4, as
part of subsequent phases of work.

As part of this mission, Alphéeis is in charge of drafting the work program to be conducted by the "Search"group, consisting of 17 organisations (research laboratories, manufacturers, consultants, etc.) and a "users" group representative of the developers and managers of commercial buildings and multi-family residential buildings.

During the implementation of the work program, Alphéeis will be responsible to lead and coordinate the work of the workshop.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
February 2012

Study of fuel poverty in Europe

Over the past 3 years, Alphéeis coordinated the EPEE project selected by the European Commission under its Intelligent Energy for Europe program. The project regrouped 6 European partners (ADEME, CLER, CUNIC, Ecoserveis, NES, CESTEC) around Alphéeis.

Among the actions undertaken as part of this project, we can see the success of national and European seminars organised by the project partners. For example, the two events organised in France have brought together more than 200 people.

Besides having significantly contributed to the awareness of European players on the urgency to implement concrete actions in the field of fuel poverty, this project has helped develop:

  • a recommendations guide intended for national and European policy makers, proposing priority actions to start reducing fuel poverty
  • the local action guides, adapted to the contexts of different countries, to help field actors launch a coherent action program to fight against energy poverty.

To consult the Guide, click here (French version)

June 2010

Collaboration agreements: consultation on a European guide project.

The University of Manchester asked Alphéeis to interview a number of French experts on a European guide on cooperation agreements in the construction sector.

This guide was written at the request of the European Commission, to promote collaboration agreements with stakeholders who have not yet implemented this type of approach (project partnerships, strategic partnerships, alliances ...).

The consultation, which ended in late November 2008, highlighted the interest of stakeholders to such agreements and the need to assess their feasibility in the French context.

Contact : Aurélie Goater
November 2008

 

Devices promoting the investment in improved energy performance by private landlords

ADEME has retained Alphéeis in partnership with Ecofys, to analyse the mechanisms promoting investment in improved energy performance buildings (single and multi family) for private owners and donors.

The study was initially intended to study the main distribution systems of work costs of energy savings between landlords and tenants in some European countries and the OECD.

For France, the study will analyse the feedback on the distribution agreements of the cost of energy saving projects between owners and tenants such as statutory National Commitment to Housing (ENL) of 13 July 2006.

From microeconomic calculations investment on packages of renovation projects, it will propose legal and economic improvements to ensure a distribution of costs and benefits between landlords and tenants.

For more information, to consult the article ADEME & VOUS (French version)

Contact: Pierre Nolay
September 2008

Financing the energy efficiency of sustainable buildings: Identification and evaluation of financial and contractual mechanisms

The objective of the study is to build a framework of knowledge and assessment of these instruments (subsidized loans, leasing, energy performance contracts, partnership agreements, long-term lease agreement, etc...) and develop precautions for their implementation based on the categories of stakeholders.

The scope of the study will concern all building sectors (commercial, residential collective and individual) and public and private builders: authorities, social landlords, condominiums, developers, companies, individuals, etc. The qualitative analysis that will be developed will be based firstly on the opinions collected from experts in the field, and, secondly, on the results of a survey of different categories of stakeholders.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
November 2007

Optimising the energy performance of public buildings by the implementation of partnership contracts

By this action, Gimelec and Alphéeis aimed to make all the necessary information available for public clients:

  • to understand the operation of the Partnership Contracts
  • to judge their advantages over other procedures and evaluate their implementation in the context of energy efficiency projects,
  • to mount Energy Performance Contracting projects using Partnership Agreements or other possible procedures.

This information is disseminated by four different ways:

  • First, a practical guide, intended for public clients, presenting the context and challenges of energy efficiency, the legal aspects relating to partnership contracts, the content of the Energy Performance Contracts and methodology to draft tenders,
  • Then, an awareness brochure and presentation guide to policymakers,
  • Then, the definition of a training module and organisation of training sessions for public clients and partners to give the indispensable key to mount such projects,
  • Finally, the organisation of a conference presentation of the guide.

To consult the guide,Click here (French version)

Contact: Pierre Nolay
November 2007

 

Develop a monitoring system for consultancy firms

The project objective is to provide building professionals, firstly, consultancy firms, the information necessary for prescribing of efficient energy solutions through the development of a monitoring tool dedicated to energy efficiency in buildings.

This work, supported by ADEME, is conducted in partnership with 3 offices specialising in different areas: innovation in the building industry, ventilation and acoustics equipment, thermal, solar energy ...

With its experience in intelligence and knowledge of the energy and construction, Alphéeis was involved in all the project phases, including:

  • definition of the system and the organisation of monitoring procedures
  • taking into account the expectations and real needs of the profession,
  • collection and analysis of information on innovative solutions for improved energy efficiency in buildings (insulation, air quality, renewable energy, etc.).

In the operating phase, building and energy professionals will have access to an information portal dedicated to the energy performance of buildings, giving them expert advice on new products available, on current regulations, incentives and financial aid available, the analytical elements of market evolution in terms of energy efficiency in the building.

September 2007

Integration of the Energy Saving Certificates (EEC) mechanisms in the Programmed Operation of Thermal and Energy Improvement of Buildings (OPATB)

Alphéeis, thanks to its knowledge of the two systems involved (the EEC and OPATB), assisted ADEME and Gaz de France to:

  • Assess the EEC system integration conditions within the OPATB Pau- Pyrenees, retained to serve as a test case.
  • Characterise the actions which should be concluded in relation to the means used by the greater metropolitan area.
  • Assess the potential certificates in the territory of the OPATB by sector (residential, vocational, tertiary public and private tertiary).

November 2006

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AND SANITARY HEALTH BUILDING

Quantitative infrared thermography for thermal conduction coefficient determination

The FaHeBA project was led by Alphéeis, CERTES (University Paris-Est Créteil) and Maisons Paysannes de France (a french association which strives to disseminate and preserve skills and know-how in the restoration of built rural heritage). The aim of tthe project xas to develop a methodology using quantitative infrared thermography for measuring and analysing thermal characteristics of old builings. This methodology will be non-invase to preserve the building.

The purpose of quantitative thermography is to use thermal camera as a temperature measuring device. Associated with modeling tools, it aims to determine physical characteristics of the studied system, such as thermal conduction coefficient of a wall.

The FaHeBA project comes as a follow-up to previous work carried out by Alphéeis on infrared thermography. The objective was to develop non-invasive and non-destructive methods to measure the thermal characteristics of building walls, while gradually approaching conditions compatible with the current constraints of diagnostics and audits.

This project was structured around 4 technical tasks. The first two tasks aimed to understand thermal behavior of heterogeneous façade walls and to develop suitable theoretical models. They were based on a characterization of old buildings exterior walls ; a modelling of theese walles ; a definition of a measurement protocol. Then a fast method to determine thermal conduction coefficient of a wall was developped in accordance with the previously defined measurement protocole. 

Finally, a guide has been written on quantitative infrared thermography.

Click here to consult the GUIDE (French version)

The project was selected in 2014 as part of a call for research proposals related to energy-efficient building launched by the french Agency for Environment and Energy (ADEME).

Contact: Etienne Marx

November, 2016

Participation at the training scheme PRAXIBAT

The training scheme PRAXIBAT, implemented in France by ADEME., aims to provide building professionals with a comprehensive tool for training in energy efficiency, focusing on practical situations and promoting the learning of the "right gesture". It also encourages the return of experience and exchange of good practices.

Alphéeis has been chosen to ensure steering and coordination of this scheme. Alpheeis is in particular in charge of the PRAXIBAT trainers’ networks animation and drafting and dissemination of communication supports.

Contact: Etienne Marx

June, 2015

Ecol’Air: for a better control of indoor air quality in schools

"Given the postponement of the obligation of air quality monitoring in nursery originally scheduled for January 1, 2015, the Minister for Ecology, Ségolène Royal has submitted on 21 October 2014 in the National Assembly, "ECOL'air the briefcase" practical guide produced by ALPHEEIS and PBC with the support of ADEME, to improve air quality in schools and kindergartens. The "entry" to the national assembly allowed to further popularize Ecol'Air: 1000 new copies were sent to local authorities. It is more urgent to equip stakeholders the tools to take into account air quality in schools, nurseries and more widely across institutions receiving children. ... "

Therefore, the Mallette ECOL'AIR broadcast since July 2011, has been revised to ensure the validity of technical and regulatory information, it contains and best meet the needs of users. The second edition is being validated and should be available in the first weeks of 2017.

This new version allows to improve and supplement the Ecol'Air order to move towards a real tools "Resource Center and actions for IAQ in schools and nurseries."

For more informations, consult the documents (French version)

Contact : Pierre Nolay

November 2016

Development of a training offer for Picardy Building professionals in the field of energy efficiency

Alphéeis accompanies the Picardy Regional Council and ADEME Picardie in the development of a new range of training courses on energy efficiency intended for building professionals.

The regional climate-air-energy scheme of the Picardy Region, which took effect in 2012, identified the construction sector as the largest contributor to the reduction of GHG emissions by 2020 and 2050 (both in volume and in percentage ). Among the guidelines for the building sector to achieve the greenhouse gas reduction targets, the region wishes to implement a massive plan to retrofit the building and structuring a dynamic and innovative offer rehabilitation and construction including developing local construction skills courses for better energy performance.

Despite the development of a regional agreement for the development of vocational training signed in 2011 and the deployment of PRAXIBAT® system, today we see that the mobilisation of professionals (workers and artisans) to attend training on the energy efficiency is insufficient in order to meet the objectives of energy retrofits in homes.

The services of Alphéeis aim to establish an action plan for the development of a new training offer adapted to the regional context by realising an appraisal of the training actions currently in place in the regional territory, identifying needs (technical and educational) of building sector professionals and analysing innovative training both nationally and internationally.

Contact: Etienne Marx
October 2015

Realisation of the internet application "Ecolabel Tool Box"

Alphéeis is proud and happy to announce the online release of the new website www.ecolabeltoolbox.com.

It has been completely redesigned, both in its form and the information it offers. Besides the concrete technical solutions to save water and energy, and examples of actions implemented by certified hotels and campsites, the site also freely offers an auto-diagnostic tool for obtaining the European Ecolabel to tourist accommodation providers.

This tool assists you to discover the criteria for obtaining the label until the filing of the application with the competent authority, AFNOR in France.

See the demonstration area and register for free to access your private workspace.

For all information: contact us

October 2015

Evaluation of a mobile device to raise the awareness of social housing tenants to save energy

Alphéeis was asked EDF to conduct a qualitative assessment of the Mobile Pedagogical Habitat (HAPI).

Resulting from a partnership between EDF, the AR Hlm PACA and Corsica and the La Varappe Group, the HAPI aims to educate tenants of social housing residents to save energy. This mobile educational container brings in a playful way and at the heart of neighbourhoods tips and tricks to save energy everyday using concrete and numerical examples. A host greets visitors, help them learn through the an EcoQuizz and provides personalized advice, based on their specific demands.

To achieve the qualitative evaluation of the device, Alphéeis has chosen to organize discussion workshops with residents of neighbourhoods that hosted the container to gather their opinions. These workshops will be held on the first 3 places that have hosted the container: Achards and Les Souléiès residences at Draguignan, the Moulins neighbourhood at Nice and the Pins neighbourhood at Vitrolles.

The objective of these workshops is, firstly, to assess the impact of the device on energy consumption practices of the inhabitants (knowledge and newly acquired habits, discussions raised in households or in the residences,...) and, secondly, to identify the success factors and areas for improvement.

Contacr: Etienne Marx
December 2014

Sociological study from tenants of 20 low energy apartments between 2011 and
2013

A pilot study in France to understand the link between energy consumption in low energy housing and the lifestyles of the inhabitants.

This study aims to conduct a survey of 20 villas' occupants, allowing on one hand to understand their satisfaction towards the housing and technology solutions implemented, and secondly, to identify behavioural factors that explain any deviations observed on energy balances.

December 2014

Buildings Database to Positive Energy in France (BEPOS)

ADEME is working with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and other stakeholders in the definition of positive energy buildings (BEPOS). To support this project, ADEME entrusted Alphéeis in 2010-2011 and 2012-2013, with an observational study for "positive energy" buildings in France, in order to accurately assess which energy consumption items are included on this type of project, how the energy produced is managed and what monitoring arrangements and performance verification are implemented.

To share knowledge of these buildings, a website giving access to the mapping of 207 identified operations and a detailed description of 49 representative buildings was created with open access to the public from October 2012 to July 2013 (www.ewatchservices. com). ADEME advertised the opening of this site on its blog "ADEME Press» October 10, 2012 (www.ademe.typepad.fr) and the ADEME & Vous letter of November 2012 (www.ademe-and you. ademe.fr).

Access to the site is restricted since July 2013 to only customers of Alphéeis

Contact: Aurélie Goater
May 2014

Support for the update, adaptation and dissemination of ShMILE 1 tourist accommodation tools in non-EU countries of the Mediterranean for obtaining the Ecolabel

The ShMILE 2 project, held in the framework of the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) of the cross border cooperation program is an extension of the ShMILE project (LIFE Environment Programme), led by Alphéeis, which in 2004 contributed to Ecolabel experimentation for tourist accommodation service in three European countries bordering the Mediterranean sea.

Under the ShMILE 2 project, Alphéeis was in charge of the update of the selfassessment tool developed within the ShMILE project to take account of developments in the European Ecolabel and translate it into different languages used around the Mediterranean (French, Italian, Greek and Arabic).

Besides this work, Alphéeis also participated  in the organisation of an exchange meeting with representative stakeholders of the tourism sector on "How to foster the development of sustainable tourism? What role for the European Ecolabel or labels of the same type? "

Alphéeis also provided support for the development of training modules for managers and staffs of hotels to raise awareness of the management of their environmental quality and improve their knowledge of the criteria of the European Ecolabel.

For more information, consult the documents (French version) 

Contact: Pierre Nolay
August 2013

Territorial operations evaluation of energy renovation of buildings

In 2009, the French Ministry in charge of Sustainable Development initiated a cooperative programme to monitor and evaluate of case studies in France. The purpose of this programme is to provide a reference corpus in various sector (energy, environment, economy, organisation) and to analyse why progress have been made and how to rectifiy deficiencies.

Under this program, Alphéeis carries out a study on energy renovation territorial policies and the interest of territorial approach for renovation of building.

Through this study Alphéeis adopts two distinct approaches:

- on one hand the study aims at analysing stakeholders feedbacks and aspects on which the success of these policies depends.

- on the other hand it aims at analysing refurbishment projets owners feedbacks and territorial policies impacts (project gouvernance, economic aspects,...) on theese projects. 

Contact: Etienne Marx

January  2012

Training of tourism professionals in the European eco-label through e-learning

Under the Leonardo da Vinci program, Alphéeis contributed in the context of the E.learn-UEcolabel-Tourism project, involving seven European countries (Spain, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia), developed a European ecolabel training, intended for tourism professionals through e-learning. Alphéeis was notably in charge of conducting a survey among the institutions managers for assessing the challenges and obstacles of the eco-label implementation in the tourism sector.

May 2011

Considering the energy efficiency in the renovation of private sector housing

How to energy efficiently transform the renovation of private housing market? To address this issue, Alphéeis led, with the support of ADEME, EDF and five other European partners, a socio-economic study to identify factors involved in the realisation and success of energy renovation projects in private housing (May 2009 January 2011).: 

Five countries of study, belonging to the north and south of Europe and with different levels of deployment of energy renovation projects were selected:

  • Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy.
  • For each country, the approach was based on:
  • a situation prior to the existing market  for energy improvement,
  • a field survey of owners having committed to an energy renovation of their homes and with professional stakeholders involved in the projects.

This comparative study to share knowledge regarding the factors involved in achieving efficient energy renovation projects in existing housing, while highlighting different dynamics depending on the type of habitat (individual homes, collective housing belonging to an owner and lessor condominiums).

The results of this study are available from our website or that of ADEME (www.ademe.fr)


Contact : Aurélie Goater
April 2011

New infrared diagnostic device to analyse insulations in older homes (NADIIAH project)

Alphéeis coordinated and managed the PROTOMERS / NADIIAH project that was led by CERTES (Paris XII University), EDF, FLIR and Alphéeis in the PREBAT (ADEME / ANR).

This project proposes a precise and fine method to quantify using IR thermography, the levels of insulation of inner walls of old buildings, rehabilitated or not, as well as providing a support tool for the energy performance diagnosis. The work conducted aimed to deepen the analytical models of insulated walls and improve the metrological process.

The importance of determining the thermal characteristics of the first layer of plaster has been demonstrated. A semi-infinite, short-term solution to determine the effusivity of this layer. The specification of a mobile, measuring device, has been proposed.

To consult the document, click here (French version)

Contact: Alain Filloux
October 2010

Analysis of the role of the main stakeholders of tourism in France in the development of environmentally respectful tourism and evaluation of the opportunity of a national symposium on tourism and the environment.

ADEME, which leads many actions to develop a more environment friendly tourism in France, sought the services of Alphéeis to study the advisability of organising a national conference on tourism and the environment.

Alphéeis developed a mapping of tourism stakeholders to assess their expectations. A wide telephone survey allowed initially to assess how a national conference could help develop more environment friendly tourism in France.

Finally, a second survey conducted with 40
key players concluded that the expectations and interests of subjects that can be presented at a national conference.

Alphéeis was able to establish a symposium positioning of proposals in line with the expectations expressed by the stakeholders.

This study is a continuation of actions undertaken by Alphéeis with tourism professionals, including hosts, to develop a more responsible tourism.

Contact: Aurélie Goater
August 2010

Collection of information on best energy-operations; compiling a data base

Creating a database and sheets presenting the main characteristics (constructive and thermal) of exemplary energetic operations in France.

July 2010

Market study of an automated self-diagnostic tool for improving the energy efficiency of housing

The project aims to develop, on the basis of existing expertise in Fludia, a mainstream tool for energy self-diagnosis based primarily on a miniature device to attach to the electricity meter. Supplementation of measurements from temperature dataloggers will be integrated into the project.

As part of the project, and parallel technical developments, Alphéeis conducted market research to initially clarify the functional specifications and in a second stage to estimate the most appropriate patterns of industrialization and marketing (distribution type, nature of partners and service providers, etc.).

January 2010

Pre-diagnosis of achievement in Alpes-Maritimes schools and kindergartens, in the framework of the national monitoring campaign of the quality of indoor air (IAQ) in schools and nurseries

Alphéeis was selected by MEEDDM to create a pre-diagnosis in Alpes-Maritimes schools and nurseries on IAQ measures under the first phase of the national campaign. These pre-diagnosis consist of a detailed analysis of the characteristics of the building envelope (frame, materials, works ...), equipment (ventilation, boiler ...) and user behaviour (household, business, ventilation ...), which may have an impact on IAQ.

In collaboration with ATMO PACA (approved association for the monitoring of air quality in the PACA region), Alphéeis meets the different local stakeholders in charge of this issue: the principals, the technical services of the communities, maintenance personnel. An analytical framework and a web interface is used for transcribing and sharing results.

The results of these pre-diagnosis will help to explain and / or justify the quantitative analyses obtained by ATMO PACA about concentrations of formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon dioxide. Results are expected for summer 2010.

Contact: Aurelie Costantin
November 2009

Impacts and perceptions of exemplary pilot operations in the field of public buildings

Towards energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Laureate of the socio-economy program of PREBAT 2007, Alphéeis has just finished a study aiming at analysing the impacts and perceptions of so called “exemplary” buildings.

At a time when the notion of exemplary State is more and more present in national orientations (Grenelle, Plan Climate...), Alphéeis identified, then analysed the impacts and the relevance of this type of experimentations.

In the framework of this study, Alphéeis carried out an inquiry with the stakeholders involved in this type of projects (decision makers, implementation stakeholders and users) to identify, analyse, and then provide a film (12 minutes) showing the impacts and feedbacks of these projects.

A written SYNTHESIS  resumes main findings of the study.(French version)

Contact :Pierre Nolay
September 2009

Devices promoting the investment in improved energy performance by private landlords

ADEME has retained Alphéeis in partnership with Ecofys, to analyse the mechanisms promoting investment in improved energy performance buildings (single and multi family) for private owners and donors.

The study was initially intended to study the main distribution systems of work costs of energy savings between landlords and tenants in some European countries and the OECD.

For France, the study will analyse the feedback on the distribution agreements of the cost of energy saving projects between owners and tenants such as statutory National Commitment to Housing (ENL) of 13 July 2006.

From microeconomic calculations investment on packages of renovation projects, it will propose legal and economic improvements to ensure a distribution of costs and benefits between landlords and tenants.

For more information, to consult the article ADEME & VOUS (French version)

Contact: Pierre Nolay
September 2008

Socio-economic factors that have an impact on the development of low energy consumption houses 

Alpheeis has carried out a study on the socio-economic factors that have an impact on the development of low energy consumption dwellings, with the support of ADEME and in partnership with EDF (French electricity), Pouget Consultants, and two Swiss and German ingeenering service firms.

A public synthesis of the main results, written in French, is now available. Click here

Contact : Aurélie Goater

July 2008

Energy policies in public educational facilities

As part of a research program on buildings, coordinated by the PUCA (Town Planning Architectural Construction), the consultancy firm Alphéeis and Pierre Barles Consultant conducted a study to evaluate public policies, operations and actions field of energy efficiency in public educational facilities. The aim is to better capitalise on the experiences in this area and to propose recommendations for "future" operations in both new or rehabilitated facilities.

Public educational facilities have remarkable characteristics in term of the frame, regular users and visitors. The energy saving potential is strong, especially as the teaching building blocks are vast, ageing and hosts users who need to be made aware of sustainable development.

This study, which lasted 18 months, was based on two separate surveys. In the end, Alphéeis and PBC have established recommendations for local authorities, developed based on best practices and weaknesses identified through interviews. These are subject to a "public synthesis" for local authorities wishing to implement an effective energy policy in this building typology.

July 2008

Process of building passive or positive energy houses: exploratory study...

The direction chosen to build passive or positive energy buildings has lead to a reflection on materials and components to be integrated into the systems and structures, but also on such buildings construction process.

Alphéeis conducted on behalf of the "New Buildings" Committee of PREBAT an exploratory study to identify what changes in the methods of programming and design were necessary for the realisation of this type of buildings, and what are the possible action levers to develop these methods. This exploratory study has also identified a set of recommendations to PREBAT to launch a  all for efficient buildings construction projects.

For more information, to consult the SYNTHESIS (French version)

Contact: Aurélie Goater
May 2008
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Assessing the energy performance of a low power building : exploratory study

The proliferation of buildings displaying high energy and environmental performance ("buildings demonstrators" positive energy buildings, buildings referred to Effinergy ...) necessary to have an accurate and objective about the reality of the announced energy performance.

Alphéeis conducted an exploratory study for
the "New Buildings"Committee of PREBAT to identify issues around the characterisation of the performance and its measurement on site. This exploratory study has identified a set of recommendations to PREBAT on the work to drive to meet identified needs.

For more information, to consult the SYNTHESIS (French version)

Contact: Aurélie Goater
May 2008

Methodological guide for local authorities to identify, prevent and reduce health risks in establishments open to children

The Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development (MEDD) has chosen Alphéeis to create a guide for local authorities in order to prevent health and environmental risks in schools.

According to the National Health and Environment Plan (2004-2008), there has been "a doubling of the prevalence of respiratory allergic diseases for 20 years." And children's asthma has more than doubled and affects 10-12% of children in France.

Today, this theme raises more attention from the general public. Indeed, pollution affects firstly the health of the most vulnerable, especially children. As such, local governments have a responsibility in preventing health and environmental risks, given their construction and competence in building management and facilities that include children.

 Therefore, the MEDD and Alphéeis have developed a GUIDE for local authorities to better prevent health and environmental risks in schools, associations and sports centres.

The research and consultancy firm Alphéeis created this guide with the support of a working group composed of experts and representatives of local authorities who assured the animation.

Available since fall 2007, this guide synthetically clarifies the technical and legislative framework and present good practice sheets to fight effectively against the health and environmental risks.

November 2007

Financing the energy efficiency of sustainable buildings: Identification and evaluation of financial and contractual mechanisms

As part of the research program on buildings, coordinated by the PUCA (Town Planning Architectural Construction), the consultancy firm Alphéeis was hired to evaluate all contractual and financial mechanisms to support energy efficiency in sustainable buildings La France.

The objective of the study is to build a framework of knowledge and assessment of these instruments (subsidized loans, leasing, energy performance contracts, partnership agreements, long-term lease agreement, etc...) and develop precautions for their implementation based on the categories of stakeholders.

The scope of the study will concern all building sectors (commercial, residential collective and individual) and public and private builders: authorities, social landlords, condominiums, developers, companies, individuals, etc. The qualitative analysis that will be developed will be based firstly on the opinions collected from experts in the field, and, secondly, on the results of a survey of different categories of stakeholders.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
November 2007

Publication of a guide of recommendations to improve summer comfort in retirement homes

The General Management for Social Action (DGAS) has selected Alphéeis for the realisation of a guide for managers of elderly and disabled facilities, to improve summer comfort in this type of institutions.

The elderly and disables are a particularly vulnerable in hot weather; as the dramatic events of 2003 have shown. Even if regulatory measures were put in place to help people cope with the severe heat waves in these institutions, by enforcing the presence of a cool and refreshing room in each establishment, everything is not settled yet. The question of summer comfort indeed calls for more comprehensive solutions at the building level and more efficient from an energy and health point of view.

recommendations guide intended for facility managers. This guide aims to disseminate good practices and to provide methodological assistance to institution managers. It is intended to be disseminated as widely as possible via the Departmental Directorates of Health and Social Affairs (DASS).

This GUIDE published in June 2009 by the Social Health Gazette.

Contact: Aurélie Goater
Octobre 2007

Analysis of the positioning of intermediary stakeholders in energetic renovations

This study allowed for a demand analysis, the needs and supply in Energy Efficiency services through two surveys:

Representatives from the national intermediary stakeholders and energy companies: it was initially to identify the place and role of intermediary stakeholders and analyse foreseeable or envisaged changes in their businesses due to the new energy context (opening the energy market, energy certification of buildings, etc …)

With stakeholders engaged in ongoing operations, both for supply and demand: types of energy efficiency services, game analysis of local stakeholders, assessing their level of knowledge and skills, identification of brakes and levers for the implementation of services.

This study aimed to enable the implementation of practical tools to remove some barriers to meeting the needs and offers of energy efficiency services. Thus, this final report includes information about:

The offer of Energy Efficiency Services: holders of offers, contractual links between the different stakeholders in the offers chain, the barriers to deployment;

Demand for Energy Efficiency Services: obstacles to the deployment of these services, incentives for the deployment of these services

August 2007

BEHAVIOUR AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION

How to encourage, without force, tenants of social housing to adopt more efficient energy consumption behaviours, via the concept of 'nudge'?

How to bring people, without forcing them, to new, more energy-efficient behaviours and to ensure that these changes are sustainable over time? What are the prospects offered in this field by the green 'nudges'? These are the questions that Alphéeis sought to answer in the context of an action research.

The first step of this research showed that outside of the first research conducted in the US and the UK, very little work was conducted on the application of nudges in the energy field. Secondly, Alphéeis developed several possible reflections to identify actions that can be implemented. 

These initial results were presented and discussed during a day of reflection, to which social agencies, energy companies and experts in behavioural incentives were invited. Taking advantage of these exchanges, Alphéeis built several nudges implementation scenarios in social housing to boost mastery of energy consumption in everyday behaviour of resident and tenants of all housing projects.

Contact: Aurélie Goater
September 2015

Smart gas meters, Household practices and Energy Saving

We are pleased to have realised a review of international literature on smart gas meters, household practices and energy saving for ADEME and GrDF. This study gave us the opportunity to do an inventory of appropriation of energy consumption data from households and make recommendations on what deserves to be tested as information or as a support mode for households, so as they can sustainably manage their gas consumption.

A presentation of the principle results has been done on May 29 from 15h30 to 16h00 at the SG Paris 2015 congress (http://www.sgparis.fr).

For more information, to consult the REPORT and SUMMARY of the study (French version)

Contact: Aurélie Goater
July 2015

Sociological study as part of a Smart Grid experiment.

In late 2014, Alphéeis led a sociological study to determine the profiles and motivations of households participating in a Smart Grid experiment, and analysed the feedbacks. Conducted on behalf of an energy company, this qualitative and thorough three-month study has shed light on the most favourable conditions for the realisation of energy savings and the deferral of consumption over time.

February 2015

Evaluation of a mobile device to raise the awareness of social housing tenants to save energy

Alphéeis was asked EDF to conduct a qualitative assessment of the Mobile Pedagogical Habitat (HAPI).

Resulting from a partnership between EDF, the AR Hlm PACA and Corsica and the La Varappe Group, the HAPI aims to educate tenants of social housing residents to save energy. This mobile educational container brings in a playful way and at the heart of neighbourhoods tips and tricks to save energy everyday using concrete and numerical examples. A host greets visitors, help them learn through the an EcoQuizz and provides personalized advice, based on their specific demands.

To achieve the qualitative evaluation of the device, Alphéeis has chosen to organize discussion workshops with residents of neighbourhoods that hosted the container to gather their opinions. These workshops will be held on the first 3 places that have hosted the container: Achards and Les Souléiès residences at Draguignan, the Moulins neighbourhood at Nice and the Pins neighbourhood at Vitrolles.

The objective of these workshops is, firstly, to assess the impact of the device on energy consumption practices of the inhabitants (knowledge and newly acquired habits, discussions raised in households or in the residences,...) and, secondly, to identify the success factors and areas for improvement.

Contacr: Etienne Marx
December 2014

Sociological study from tenants of 20 low energy apartments between 2011 and 2013

A pilot study in France to understand the link between energy consumption in low energy housing and the lifestyles of the inhabitants.

This study aims to conduct a survey of 20 villas' occupants, allowing on one hand to understand their satisfaction towards the housing and technology solutions implemented, and secondly, to identify behavioural factors that explain any deviations observed on energy balances.

Deceber 2014

Bibliographical studies and surveys to analyse the motivations of individuals for the dynamic management of energy consumption 

Alphéeis has led bibliographic studies and field surveys in recent years for institutional stakeholders and energy companies. The company acquired a detailed knowledge of the motivations that may motivate individuals to take part in a dynamic management of energy consumption on the network and subscribe to offers that require more flexibility from them.

This wealth of knowledge allows to better understand the success factors of dynamic MDE offers that may be proposed to individuals.

Contact: Aurélie Goater
May 2014

Satisfaction and behaviours of inhabitants of low energy consumption individual houses

How inhabitants of low-energy consumption individual houses appreciate the comfort of living and how their behaviours or structure impact the energy consumed? These are the two questions Alphéeis investigated for an international energy provider during a two-and-a-half-year study (2011-2013) carried out on a panel of low energy consumption houses, involving interviews with the occupiers and monitoring of their energy consumption.

By placing the occupier at the very centre of the attention, this study will helped understand the differences between the calculated and measured energy consumptions and provided precious information on how the occupiers appreciate the quality of living in such houses in the different seasons, as well as the equipments in place.

Contact: Aurélie Goater

Mai  2014

Display of energy consumption in housing: what actual use by households?

With the deployment of smart meters in the residential sector, the display systems of energy consumption within the housing is set to grow to provide households with more detailed and more frequent information. These display systems are a 'new deal' since they allow to see daily consumption, that was so far almost invisible. They can therefore be a tool for greater energy efficiency.

Many international studies have investigated the impact on household energy consumption. Some of these studies have shown promising results, but in other cases the energy savings achieved were low.

To better understand how households interact with such display devices, what they learn from them and how this can lead to a change in practice, an energy company hired Alphéeis for a sociological study of twenty households with displays of consumption, also energy managers.

Several scenarios of usage should be highlighted in the panel of study and lead to
 he proposal of ways of improvement of this type of device.

Contact: aurélie Goater
April 2014

The SoEcoMDE project: International study on the factors that are involved in the use and adoption of dynamically MDE solutions by households

The objectives of reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the share of RES in the French energy mix call to develop new solutions, socially acceptable and economically sustainable, to manage peak demand and constraints related to intermittent renewable energy. In this context, Alphéeis conducted a research project to better understand the socio-economic factors that come into play in the use and adoption of dynamics MDE solutions by households, be it regarding the display of consumption, dynamic pricing or remote management of equipment.

The project was based on the analysis of the most significant work conducted on these subjects by teams of international researchers, especially those conducted by sociology research teams. It was supported by ADEME as part of the call for projects "optimized integration of renewable energies and control of electricity demand" of February 2012.

The findings were presented at debate workshops organised by Alphéeis the 10 and 11 February 2014 in Paris. These workshops, which brought together 'Smartgrids' project developers , service providers and hardware and sociologists of the French energy sector, allowed to share experience feedback of the experiments conducted in France and to reflect on this basis to the "best" responses to find solutions for MDE and dynamic management of consumption that are actually adopted by households and which bring the expected benefits to the community, households, energy suppliers and grid operators.

Contact: Aurélie Goater
Avril 2014

Technical, economic and legal feasibility study of a mechanism for financing fuel poor households energy renovation work

Within the framework of a building research programme coordinated by the PUCA (Urbanism Construction Architecture Plan),  Alphéeis has been chosen to evaluate the technical, economic and legal feasibility of a new mechanism for fuel poor households. The objective of this scheme is to lift them out of fuel poverty by financing energy renovation work with a repayable advance. Repayment of this advance will be made when real property is sold or transferred.

This study builds in particular on an analyze of current programs against fuel poverty in France and Great-Britain, and on some twenty interviews with actors involved in fuel poverty in France.

Contact: Etienne Marx

April 2014

Analysis of individual motivations to become electricity producers?

What are the motivations of households who decide to become photovoltaic electricity producers and what are their aspirations as a producer for the future?

This is the question that the sociological study currently being conducted by Alphéeis on behalf of an energy player is trying to answer. A particular challenge is to see how successful the integration of renewable energies on the grid, and how individual producers could contribute to the balance between production and consumption of electricity on the network.

This study is the subject of a communication under the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) of 2013 (www.eceee.org).

Click here to consult the article "Understanding household decisions.." (English version)

Contact: Aurélie Goater
June 2012

Smart Grid - Smart City & Éco-quartiers

Rex Smart Grids Seminars

ALPHEEIS was commissioned by the ADEME to organize a seminar on the first feedbacks from the Smart Grid projects, on October 13, 2016 at the Sophia Antipolis site of ADEME.

This meeting of the members of public consortia and institutions has as main objective to discuss the results and project approaches, new R & D needs as well as the economic and regulatory framework.

The aim of this day is also to provide a breeding ground for cross-fertilisation, promoting new partnerships.

This event is for various Smart Grid stakeholders: institutions, academics, industrials, SMEs and start up ...

For more information…

Drafting recommendations to predispose buildings to smart grids

Alphéeis drafted on behalf of the French Riviera CCI Nice a list of recommendations to make buildings Smart Grid ready. This document specifies how to predispose buildings to take advantage of the services offered by smart grids and meet environmental constraints that buildings face to respond to the rapid changes in regulations..

Contact : Pierre Nolay
May 2016

Smart gas meters, Household practices and Energy Saving

We are pleased to have realised a review of international literature on smart gas meters, household practices and energy saving for ADEME and GrDF. This study gave us the opportunity to do an inventory of appropriation of energy consumption data from households and make recommendations on what deserves to be tested as information or as a support

A presentation of the principle results has been done on May 29 from 15h30 to 16h00 at the SG Paris 2015 congress (http://www.sgparis.fr).

The report and summary of the study are accessible on the “Publication” page

Contact: Aurélie Goater
July 2015

Sociological study as part of a Smart Grid experiment.

In late 2014, Alphéeis led a sociological study to determine the profiles and motivations of households participating in a Smart Grid experiment, and analysed the feedbacks. Conducted on behalf of an energy company, this qualitative and thorough three-month study has shed light on the most favourable conditions for the realisation of energy savings and the deferral of consumption over time.

February 2015

Bibliographical studies and surveys to analyse the motivations of individuals for
the dynamic management of energy consumption

Alphéeis has led bibliographic studies and field surveys in recent years for institutional stakeholders and energy companies. The company acquired a detailed knowledge of the motivations that may motivate individuals to take part in a dynamic management of energy consumption on the network and subscribe to offers that require more flexibility from them.

This wealth of knowledge allows to better understand the success factors of dynamic MDE offers that may be proposed to individuals.

Contact: Aurélie Goater
May 2014

Display of energy consumption in housing: what actual use by households?

With the deployment of smart meters in the residential sector, the display systems of energy consumption within the housing is set to grow to provide households with more detailed and more frequent information. These display systems are a 'new deal' since they allow to see daily consumption, that was so far almost invisible. They can therefore be a tool for greater energy efficiency.

Many international studies have investigated the impact on household energy consumption. Some of these studies have shown promising results, but in other cases the energy savings achieved were low.

To better understand how households interact with such display devices, what they learn from them and how this can lead to a change in practice, an energy company hired Alphéeis for a sociological study of twenty households with displays of consumption, also energy managers.

Several scenarios of usage should be highlighted in the panel of study and lead to  type of device.

Contact: Aurélie Goater
April 2014

The SoEcoMDE project: International study on the factors that are involved in
the use and adoption of dynamically MDE solutions by households

The objectives of reducing CO2 emissions and increasing the share of RES in the French energy mix call to develop new solutions, socially acceptable and economically sustainable, to manage peak demand and constraints related to intermittent renewable energy. In this context, Alphéeis conducted a research project to better understand the socio-economic factors that come into play in the use and adoption of dynamics MDE solutions by households, be it regarding the display of consumption, dynamic pricing or remote management of equipment.

The project was based on the analysis of the most significant work conducted on these subjects by teams of international researchers, especially those conducted by sociology research teams. It was supported by ADEME as part of the call for projects "optimized integration of renewable energies and control of electricity demand" of February 2012.

The findings were presented at debate workshops organised by Alphéeis the 10 and 11 February 2014 in Paris. These workshops, which brought together
'Smartgrids' project developers , service providers and hardware and sociologists of the French energy sector, allowed to share experience feedback of the experiments conducted in France and to reflect on this basis to the "best" responses to find solutions for MDE and dynamic management of consumption that are actually adopted by households and which bring the expected benefits to the community, households, energy suppliers and grid operators.

Contact: Aurélie Goater
April 2014

Monitor and professional information about energy, comfort and IAQ

Energy Information Services (EIS) is a company created in 2009 by three offices specialising in the energy and building sectors: Allie'Air, Alphéeis and Pierre Barles Consultant. EIS aims to promote effective energy and sanitary solutions in the building sector.

Its mission is the provision of collection services, information dissemination and monitoring of the innovative aspects of buildings and equipment Energy Information services (EIS) also develops training activities.

Alphéeis brings to EIS its organization, resources and expertise to form thematic monitoring files on the development of technologies for heating, hot water, ventilation and insulation of buildings. The Alphéeis services also include monitoring of  regulatory developments for all areas covered.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
August 2013

Economic, technical and environmental feasibility study of the mini and micro cogeneration in business

CCI Nice Côte d'Azur entrusted Alphéeis the mission to assess the economic, technical and environmental feasibility of the micro (P <25kW) and mini (25kW 

A benchmark in the French and European level has not identified transactions in which cogeneration equipment in targeted power lines were conclusively operated. The grid-connected installations are almost nonexistent in France.

Consumption is encouraged by the significant cost differential between generated electricity selling price and price of purchased electricity from the grid. A rate of about 20 ° c € is desirable.

A technical, economic and environmental assessment tool has been developed. The potential for saving primary energy (electricity produced on site) and the calculated reduction potential of greenhouse gas emissions are important. They allow to consider the long-term (heat and electricity generating equipment with a lifespan of 15 to 17 years ) an important contribution of cogeneration in companies, for the energy balance of the Alpes-Maritimes department.

Support tools for the promotion of techniques have been developed: A simplified assessment tool for the relevance of a cogeneration

A consumer brochure Few existing operations datasheets. In addition, various actions and collaboration with local, national and international stakeholders are proposed.

Contact : Pierre Nolay
August 2013

Expertise mission of the MIETEC project

Alphéeis was hired by ADEME as part of the AMI "Smart grids" for the MIETEC project

July 2012

Analysis of individual motivations to become electricity producers?

What are the motivations of households who decide to become photovoltaic electricity producers and what are their aspirations as a producer for the future?

This is the question that the sociological study currently being conducted by Alphéeis on behalf of an energy player is trying to answer. A particular challenge is to see how successful the integration of renewable energies on the grid, and how individual producers could contribute to the balance between production and consumption of electricity on the network.

This study is the subject of a communication under the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE) of 2013 (www.eceee.org).

Click here to consult the article "Understanding household decisions.." (English version)

Contact: Aurélie Goater
June 2012

Expertise mission of the CHIP2GRID project

Alphéeis was hired by ADEME as part of the AMI "Smart grids" for the CHIP2GRID project

April 2012

Territorial operations evaluation of energy renovation of buildings

The Ministry of Sustainable Development launched in 2009 through the PUCA, a concerted program of "exemplary buildings" observation and monitoring. The purpose of this program is to establish a corpus of references on the buildings in different areas (energy, environmental, economic, social and organisational) and to analyse the observed reasons of progress or shortcomings.

As part of this program, Alphéeis conducted a study on territorial energy renovation operations of buildings. This study aims to analyse the feedback from the stakeholders involved in the implementation of local renovation of the building stock operations, particularly in OPATB (Operation Scheduled for Thermal Energy and Improvement of Building), and identify lessons to define the conditions for success of local actions to
improve energy efficiency. The study by Alphéeis also aims to analyse the feedback from builders who benefiting from these local operations through the analysis of various building renovation projects.

Contact: Stephen Marx
January 2012

Expertise mission of the VENTEEA project

Alphéeis was hired by ADEME as part of the AMI "Smart grids" for the VENTEEA project

December 2011

Realisation of a climate plan for the territory of Aubagne and Etoile counties

The agglomeration Communities of Aubagne and Etoile have been committed for many years in the conservation of the environment, participatory democracy and sustainable development. Through its community competences, concrete actions have been implemented: PLH, PDU, Local Plan for Energy and Environment (LEEP), starting a SCOT, Interreg cooperation on the theme of adaptation of climate change, labelling Agenda 21, local environmental Grenelle...

To develop a local climate plan, which must be an important step towards the ambitious local Agenda 21, she wished to be accompanied by the consortium led by Semaphores and in which Alphéeis was in charge of realising the technical diagnosis and detailing the expected potential impacts on areas with high stakes.

For this purpose, two awareness lectures and mobilisation were organised on the themes of climate change, scarcity of resources, especially energy, and natural hazards affecting the regions.

May 2010

Experimentation of an HQE® action

Since 2006, Alphéeis has been piloting a national action to ensure the animation and evaluation of the HQE®-Aménagement experimentation  http://www.hqe-amenagement.org 

This experimentation is to test the HQE® action on land use operations and involves the implementation and monitoring of an SMO and a thematic environmental approach, through the implementation and evaluation of various traceability tools and documents. 

Within this framework, Alphéeis is in charge, over the 2006-2009 period, of the support of ten project managers (SEM, planners and communities) who have been chosen to implement the HQE®-Aménagement methodology. 

The aim is to follow the progression of 10 pilote operations, ZAC and land subdivisions 
In order to evaluate the relevance of the methodology proposed, and afterwards suggest tracks for improvement. The firm, in collaboration with the consultant Sémaphores, has been chosen by the HQE Association, the ADEME, the PUCA and the DAPA (Ministry of Culture) and the SNAL (National Syndicate of land subdivision planners) who have started the action. 

Contact: Pierre Nolay

January 2010 

Roadmap: system and smart grid integrating renewable energy

Alphéeis was selected by ADEME to draft the roadmap for the smart grid system and integrating renewable energies.

This roadmap was developed through participation in five working sessions, led by ADEME, a dozen experts representative of all stakeholders were involved in it. This roadmap should be used as reference for the launch of a call for interest in the context of the demonstration fund managed by ADEME.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
June 2009

Sustainable neighbourhoods and energy efficiency: state of the art, analysis and
perspectives

Between October 2006 and January 2009, Alphéeis was selected by the PUCA to conduct a study on the inclusion of energy in the ZAC projects, implementing the principles of environmental quality. This study targets three main entrances deemed essential to analyse the energy component of this type of operation:

  • the role of the stakeholders and methods of collaboration around the energy components
  • the financing terms of the energy component
  • the regulatory framework and the inciters materials for a better integration of energy.

The first phase of this study was to meet the main stakeholders involved in the 9 operations constituting the panel study. At the end of the first phase, a first analysis was available. This document, based on the investigation phase with 9 operations, highlights the basic issues concerning energy efficiency in sustainable neighbourhood projects. Operations data sheets which constitute an Annex to the document allow a more detailed approach to each transaction, structured according to the three inputs of the study: organisational, financial and technical.

This first deliverable was the basis for discussion at the second phase of the study and especially for the working committees organised in late 2008, bringing together a group of experts composed of institutional, elected officials, builders, developers, etc. The purpose of these working committees was the realisation of a toolkit for decision makers, involving three types of records:

  • stakeholders records: scanning the parties concerned with energy efficiency and highlighting the action levers available to policy makers to encourage or compel the different stakeholders
  • procedures records: highlighting the characteristics of each procedure when creating an eco-district
  • tools sheets: presentation of organisational tools, financial and regulatory, available to elected officialss.

February 2009


 

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Animation of the Research&Development seminar of ADEME

Alphéeis moderated the research and development seminar of ADEME on the topic of renewable energy: Production, Storage and Management. These two days allowed to review the main research projects supported by ADEME and devise lessons learned and new research paths for future ADEME research programs.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
Mai 2016

Contribution to the work of Guaranteed Collective Thermal Solar Performance (GPSTC)

Alphéeis, Eversheds, Alain Filloux Council and IBTech / Evo led a preparatory research to develop a guaranteed collective solar thermal energy systems performance. The aim is to ensure secondary and auxiliary energy consumption for the production of collective sanitary hot water by solar energy.

Our technical support and legal mission aim to define: the analysis tools needs :

  • the principle of GPSTC
  • the instrumentation needs
  • intervention needs of instrumentation at the installation and exploitation levels,

and finally, to respond to the links between the responsibilities and legal engagements of all stakeholders (quality assurance procedures, model (s) of rapport (s), etc. ) depending on the resources and budgets as well as new possible financing for thermal solar energy.

Contact: Pierre Nolay
May 2015

“Energy Technology Collaborative Action Plan” for domestic hot water (PACTE
ECS) press release publication

With the collaboration of ADEME, Alpheeis launched in August 2009 its Energy technology collaborative action plan for domestic hot water (PACTE ECS) as part of its National Programme of Research and Experimentation on Energy in Building (PREBAT).

While hot water is expected to become the first post with the widespread of low energy consumption buildings and the implementation of the 2012 thermal regulations, 5 research projects for efficient hot water systems were selected by ADEME. Within 1-2 years, this research should allow the appearance of innovative and high performance domestic hot water equipment for new and renovated collective houses, at current market rates.

Within this Energy Technology Collaborative Action Plan (PACTE), the missions of Alphéeis are to provide state of the art technologies, markets, actors, programs, ect; as well as host annual meetings for the exchange, restitution and discussion of the results of various studies conducted by the teams.

The Energy Technology Collaborative Action Plan for domestic hot water (PACTE ECS) closing seminar took place on April 9, 2015. On this occasion, a PRESS RELEASE (French version ) was published to present the main results of the program.

Contact: Etienne Marx
April 2015