7 videos of BECA services for Social Housing

All 7 pilots of the BECA project in 7 countries across Europe have now published videos summarising the key features and lessons learnt.

Within the BECA project over 5,000 dwellings were equipped with ICT-enabled service and automatically manage and assist tenants to reduce energy consumption. Social housing tenants - more likely to be at risk of energy poverty – were enabled to achieve 15% savings for heating, 11% for cold water and 17% for hot water. Savings amount to 570MWh which equals 177 tons of CO2. Financial pay-off is achieved by most stakeholders during the first 3 years and by almost all stakeholders after ten year across 7 pilot sites in 7 countries. The socio-economic net benefit for the BECA project, extrapolated for ten years, amounts to €1.7Million in pilot buildings alone,

In each pilot site an integrated approach is followed, involving a team of different partners with corresponding skills and expertise working together to successfully implement and operate the different services. Typically, a pilot site team includes a social housing provider, an IT service provider responsible for the development and implementation of the web-based services and in some cases also a utility and energy provider.

The BECA solution is based on Smart Meters measuring amounts of energy or water flowing through them and capable of communicating the readings autonomously every few minutes to a centralised server. Two major service categories are distinguished: Resource Awareness Systems (RUAS), which provide tenants with greatly enhanced, timely feedback about their energy use, and Resource Management Systems (RMS), enabling end users (tenants), housing providers and/or energy providers to manage energy consumption in smart ways, leading to greater efficiency and lower GHG emissions. The BECA project started in January 2011 and helps Europe meet emission targets by achieving a significant reduction of energy consumption in European social housing.

The final report and a Guide for Replication will soon be available on the BECA website.