With the aging of the existing post-primary school building stock there is a need for low-cost solutions that enable long-term resource efficiency in schools & reduced greenhouse gas emission (GHG). ENERGE addresses this need using targeted physical interventions that combine a web based platform & building sensors (e.g. electrical, thermal etc) with behavioural studies & new educational approaches that enable schools engage in energy and GHG mitigation. This holistic, adaptable & multidisciplinary approach will combine sociological, pedagogic and communications expertise with low cost technology, ICT interventions & systems engineering. ENERGE will be demonstrated in schools in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Ireland, the Netherlands and the UK.
ENERGE aims to achieve a minimum 15% reduction in total energy consumption at schools and will engage and enable management, teachers, students and maintenance staff to reduce energy. Long-term impacts will be consolidated by the development of additional and revised educational material to supplement existing school curricula for our future decision makers :students aged 12-18. ENERGE will track the effects of project initiatives beyond the school environment into the domestic environment of staff and students to monitor how interventions in school can have wider impacts beyond the school environment.