By Proyecto Eficiencia Energética 01 Julio 2020

3rd Workshop for Energy Administrators of Public Buildings

With more than 180 participants via Zoom, plus an additional 100 via live streaming on YouTube, the workshop dealt with topics related to the definition of baselines and monitoring models to know and evaluate the energy performance of Public Buildings.

In case you missed it, you can watch it again in the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeoqdfkoeEc&feature=youtu.be 
On June 30, 2020, the "3rd Workshop for Energy Administrators of Public Buildings" was organized by the National Secretariat of Energy (within the Framework of the Rational and Efficient Use of Energy Program (PROUREE)) and the Project Energy Efficiency in Argentina, financed by the European Union.
 
With more than 180 participants via Zoom and an additional 100 via live broadcast on Youtube, the workshop dealt with topics related to the definition of baselines and monitoring models to know and evaluate the energy performance of Public Buildings.
 
To start with, Mr. Cristian del Canto, an official from the Energy Secretariat, welcomed the almost 300 participants and detailed the content of the first two courses, which he had previously conducted in person in 2019.
 
Following, the Corbeta captain, Eduardo Baliño from the National Navy, Energy Manager of the Puerto Belgrano Naval Base, located near the city of Punta Alta in the South of the Province of Buenos Aires, with a surface of almost 30,000 HA and 625,000M2 of covered area, has identified and compared all the energy consumption of the Naval Base and underlined the need to implement more specific measurements. Additionally, he insisted on extending these methodologies to all the equipment and dependencies that are part of the base to be able to compare the consumption curves, real vs. estimated, and identify where to implement measures.
 
As a second practical case, Arch. Julieta Martinez from the CNEA (National Atomic Energy Commission), presented the development of the energy evaluation of its headquarters, located in the Nuñez neighborhood of the Capital, with an area of almost 15,000m2. In November 2019 they installed an electrical network analyzer, explaining their highest consumption, in relation to the use of air conditioning for refrigeration. The conclusion of the study carried out was that the main measures to be implemented lie in: promoting good practices, automating the lighting of the corridors, establishing criteria for acquiring equipment, establishing operational controls and motivating the rest of the staff to apply these methodologies.
 
The Key Expert of the project "Energy Efficiency in Argentina", Jose Luis Larregola established the most relevant criteria when developing the energy review methodologies, establishing the baseline on which we will measure progress and its indicators.
Based on that, the results obtained from the audit carried out at the Palacio de Hacienda, headquarters of the Ministry of Economy, among other public bodies, were shown during the workshop. The work was carried out by  Argentinian public buildings own personnel, so that they can replicate the experience in their dependencies. The results were encouraging, being able to achieve savings of over 10%.
 
To conclude, Cristian del Canto emphasized the need to strengthen the figure of the energy administrator, enableing him/her to lead efficient energy management, focusing not only on the technical tools learned in the trainings, but also on cultural factors that influence public administration employees, making them become aware of the potential savings, in addition to the methodological and technological factors necessary to bring optimization to a relevant stage.
Mr. Del Canto closed the workshop thanking the support of the cooperation of the European Union and the commitment of the Building Administrators. 
You can download below the Agenda of the event and the Power Point presentations made during the workshop. 

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