Zooming in Ruse pilot site

With 170 000 inhabitants, Ruse is the fifth largest city of Bulgaria, located in the northern part of the country. The city has a rich historical past : It was inhabited by Thracian tribes and after the 1st century A.D. the Romans built a castle at Sextaginta Prista, marking the frontier of the Empire. With the BECA project, the city gained another sight of interest: its pilot sites.

Can you tell us more about your pilot site?

The pilot site consists of two blocks - №121 including 70 apartments in the Charodeika housing complex and №50 including 45 apartments in the Druzhba housing complex. Both blocks are multi-storey tower blocks with six floors. In total, the site includes 115 dwellings, inhabiting 344 tenants.

Who are the Bulgarian partners involved in BECA ?

The municipality of Ruse is involved in the project through the municipal company “Jilfond” that hosts and maintains the selected buildings and works with UniRuse and AMEA to set up the pilot site in Ruse. For the University of Ruse, the project is an opportunity to gather the latest know-how on ICT based technology for environmental preservation which can be used for other educational institutions as a good example. The latter can function in the educational programs as a learning model and in particular for creating a training course for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. The association "Municipal Energy Agency - Ruse" (AMEA) focuses on methodologies and tools for the reduction of CO2 emissions in the urban environment. Since 2001, AMEA has been involved in applied research for the energy retrofitting of municipal buildings, developing analysis methodologies and tools for the application of low energy concepts in the retrofitting of municipal buildings in Ruse.

What kind of services does BECA provide to your tenants?

First of all, you have to understand the situation in the pilot sites. Currently, the tenants of the two pilot sites receive one bill each month for water and another one for electricity consumption. They have no details about their consumption. With BECA, they will be able to follow their consumptions every day and to compare their consumptions at different times of the year. They will even see how much money they have saved since the beginning of the project. This whole service will be displayed on an Internet portal.

How did you prepare your tenants to the implementation of BECA?

The tenants prepared us! We had several meetings and we asked our tenants to test our web based prototype. Their feedbacks have been very useful.

What are the advantages of BECA for your company?

The Ressource Management Service part of the project includes many interesting features to help us optimise our energy management. Based on periodic information about the consumed energy and water of the dwellings that are monitored, AMEA and experts from University of Ruse will implement data preparation and statistical analysis. AMEA and the University of Ruse will also propose measures to optimise the resource consumption, including the decrease of peak energy consumption.

How is the project contributing to your region?

The BECA project is the first experience of this kind in this region of Bulgaria. The good practices and innovation technologies developed during BECA can then be reproduced to other parts of the country. The municipality of Ruse plans to take further steps for raising the environmental awareness of the local population.