Building EE Demonstrations

Component 5: Building EE Demonstrations

 
OVERVIEW



DESCRIPTION
This component will address the lack of demonstration of various key aspects of energy efficiency in buildings. It will at the same time provide unparalleled opportunities for both government and private sector practitioners for gaining practical experiences with implementing EE building projects. Overall, an improved confidence in the feasibility, performance, energy, environmental and economic benefits of EE building technology applications, leading to replication of the demonstrations, is the expected outcome of this project component. The activities under this component will therefore both provide crucial evidence and documentation, and contribute powerfully to the building of capacity in building EE design and implementation.

 
OUTPUT 5.1
Completed demonstration projects showcasing successful applications of building EE technologies, techniques and practices.
This output is expected to be realized from the implementation of activities that facilitate and improve the level of knowledge, skills and competency of local building practitioners both in the government and private sectors by providing good, effective and visible real-life demonstrations of the principles and technologies advocated to make buildings more energy efficient, as well as through direct involvement of a large number of designers, engineers, managers etc. in the actual building processes.

 
ACTIVITY 5.1.1
Demonstration of EE Building and EE Building Technology Applications
 
This activity will focus on the demonstration of the application of EE building designs and construction as well as in the application of EE technologies in buildings. By supporting the erection of real-life energy efficient demonstration buildings that will become examples to follow and aspire to, the project will achieve not only visibility and attention to the issues but also produce proofs that EE technologies can be integrated in real buildings, for real people in real locations. The importance of this can hardly be overestimated and therefore component five of the project is one of the more important in generating forcefulness behind the push for energy efficient buildings. Among the demonstrations that may be featured under this activity are:
  • Demonstration of the application of building EE technologies. For example JKR has devised a method of measuring infiltration of outside air into a building. The equipment used is simple and the infiltration measurements give an indication of the air tightness of the building. This method needs to be further developed to be used as a tool in deciding the rectification works to improve air tightness.
  • Demonstration of applications (e.g., on line energy consumption monitoring)
  • Demonstration of building retrofits for enhancing EE performance. JKR has already started by selecting a few buildings as pilot projects on improving energy efficiency using good housekeeping practices and implementing low cost measures.
  • Demonstration of the application of building EE codes/standards
  • Demonstration of design, engineering, financing, operation & maintenance of EE buildings
Activity 5.1.1.1: Promotion of EE Building Technology Application Demonstration Projects
This activity will involve the conduct of a seminar-workshop to promote the demonstration projects, for purposes of identifying the building owners/developers who are interested in hosting the demonstrations. A set of criteria will be developed and used in selecting the potential demonstration project hosts.
 
Activity 5.1.1.2: Conduct of Detailed Feasibility Studies of Selected Demonstration Sites
The pre-feasibility analyses that were conducted during the project preparation phase will be reviewed to determine and verify project implementation requirements. Further feasibility assessments will be carried out by the demonstration hosts. This will involve carrying forward the existing EE building feasibility studies for the demonstration projects to detailed technical design and engineering, cost calculation, design of ownership and management models, cost-benefit analysis, design of operation and maintenance concept, and assessment of financing aspects.
 
Activity 5.1.1.3: Specific Demonstration Project Implementation Requirements
This will involve the performance of activities to meet certain requirements required to facilitate the smooth and effective implementation of the demonstration projects. Among these are: (1) Verification and confirmation of the availability of building permits and other requirements; (2) Availability of materials needed and manpower for the construction of the buildings; and, (3) Financing assistance mechanism for the financing of some of the demo projects. In addition, technical assistance will be provided in the setting up of administration, as well as operation and maintenance systems at the demonstration sites (designation of administrator, operators; establishing of guidelines and procedures, etc.).
 
Activity 5.1.1.4: Establishment of Baseline Data for the Demonstration Project Sites
This activity will involve the gathering of baseline data for each demonstration projects. For the EE building demo projects, these includes, among others, the building design specifications, and design energy consumption. For the EE building technology application demonstrations, these will include the provision of the actual building specifications, operating performance (level of activity, energy consumption, etc.). The operating performance targets for each demonstration project will also be established. This activity could be carried out in conjunction with the review/conduct of the feasibility analyses.
 
Activity 5.1.1.5: Finalized Design of Demonstration Projects
This activity will involve the provision of technical assistance in the preparation basic engineering designs of the EE building construction demo projects, or EE building technology application projects, particularly to sites where no previous designs have been proposed. It will also involve provision of technical advice in the comprehensive technical and economic feasibility evaluations, as well as in the detailed engineering designs.
 
Activity 5.1.1.6: Technical Assistance for the Financing of Demonstration Projects
The provision of assistance in the processing of applications for the financing of the operation and maintenance of each demonstration site will form bulk of the work under this activity. Host building developers/owners that are availing of the financing from banks/financial institutions will be assisted (if needed) in securing their financing.

 
ACTIVITY 5.1.2
Demonstration Project Implementation
Under this major activity, the identified and designed demonstration projects will be implemented. Starting from the commissioning, the host and BSEEP personnel will monitor the operation of each demo project.
 
Activity 5.1.2.1: Installation and Operation of each Demonstration Project
The main tasks under this major activity for each demonstration project will be similar to that in full project implementations, starting from the conceptual design, to feasibility study, engineering design, installation, operation, monitoring and evaluation. Technical assistance will also be provided in the installation and commissioning works. Each demo project will be regularly monitored by the host and the BSEEP project personnel using a common M&E system that will be designed and employed for this purpose.
 
Activity 5.1.2.2: EE Building Technology Demonstration Results Documentation
This activity involves the preparation of the project profiles (as case studies) of the building EE technology demonstrations that will be carried out under the project in Component. An inventory of the demonstration project results will be made. The inventory will also include similar and other building EE technology application projects that were implemented in other countries. Each project report will be summarized into project profiles (or case studies) following an agreed presentation format. These project profiles will be inputted into a centralized building energy database. The project profiles will be stored in a specific module of the database.
 
Activity 5.1.2.3: EE Building Technology Demonstration Results Dissemination
A workshop will be organized and conducted to discuss the results of the demonstration projects. The demonstration hosts (i.e., building owners/managers) will present the demonstration project they have implemented highlighting the building EE technology involved, the scheme, the investment involved, results, energy savings achieved, actual project economics, estimated GHG emission reductions, and their respective recommendations for the building EE technology demonstration under the BSEEP. The workshop will assess the overall performance of the demonstration program and will come up with recommendations to the National Steering Committee concerning the relevance of such kind of programs to support the government’s efforts to improve the energy efficiency in the buildings sector in Malaysia.


OUTPUT 5.2
More knowledgeable, technically capable and competent building practitioners in the GOM and the private sector
 
ACTIVITY 5.2.1
Follow-up Capacity Building for the Local Building Industry
 
This activity will involve the conduct of capacity development actions to further enhance the capacity of building practitioners in the application of EE building designs and EE building technologies. As part of the promotion of the widespread adoption of EE in the buildings sector and a continuing capacity building for the Public Works Department (JKR), technical assistance will be provided to the building service industry and to interested building developers/owners in the design and engineering of new EE buildings or retrofit of existing buildings to make them more energy efficient. Together with project experts and the JKR technical personnel who were trained under the project, this service will be provided to owners and proponents of building projects (new or retrofit) that incorporate energy efficiency features or replicate the EE technologies and techniques that will be showcased in the building EE demonstrations. This will address the current very limited expertise and experience with design and construction of energy efficient buildings in Malaysia.
 
Activity 5.2.1.1: Assessment of the Viability of Local Manufacturing of EE Building Materials and Associated Equipment and/or Components
This activity will involve the evaluation of the feasibility of, and requirements for developing an industry/business for the local manufacture of EE building materials and associated equipment and components. Assessment reports highlighting findings and recommendations for the local building materials industry for the manufacture of such materials for domestic use (and possibly for the export market) will be prepared and submitted to the MITI.

Activity 5.2.1.2: EE in the Malaysian Buildings Sector Technology Education Program
This will involve the design and conduct of a training course on EE in the buildings sector for JKR/MEGTW personnel, comprehensive training course on EE building materials applications and production technology for local engineering firms. The relevant training materials will be designed based on the identified needs of the local building materials and equipment manufacturers. These training courses are expected to be continuously conducted by the JKR or any appointed institutions after the completion of the BSEEP.
 
Activity 5.2.1.3: Development of Building Sector EE Projects and Plans
This activity will involve the provision of technical assistance to the JKR and the building practitioners in efforts towards widespread adoption of EE in the Malaysian buildings sector beyond the BSEEP. Project proposals will be prepared for new projects covering project set-up, cost-benefit analysis (e.g., energy saving potentials and GHG emissions reduction) and financial plan. These proposals will be presented to the GOM and interested local and/or foreign investors. The TA on project proposal preparation and evaluation also forms part of the JKR’s and the building service industry’s technical capacity building to enable them to become credible service provider to the sector. As part of the promotion of the widespread adoption of EE in the buildings sector and a continuing capacity building for the Public Works Department (JKR), technical assistance will be provided to the building service industry and to interested building developers/owners in the design and engineering of new EE buildings or retrofit of existing buildings to make them more energy efficient. Together with project experts and the JKR technical personnel who were trained under the project, this service will be provided to owners and proponents of building projects (new or retrofit) that incorporate energy efficiency features or replicate the EE technologies and techniques that were showcased in the building EE demonstrations. Based on JKR’s planned building development and construction projects (new and refurbishments/retrofit), the number building projects that can be assisted during the BSEEP implementation period is about 30, bulk of which would be building retrofits (23 projects).