Skien Municipality | Guaranteed energy efficiency, 30% reduction with EPC model


30% lower energy consumption

Saves NOK 6 million per year

SD systems in all 37 buildings


 EPC is a self-financing way of reducing energy consumption whilst upgrading old buildings to modern standards. Within 7-8 years, the municipality will have € 650 000 extra we can put to good use.  

Hans-Petter Heimholt, Project Manager, Skien Municipality.



The municipality has been implementing energy efficiency measures since the 1980s, meaning that all low-hanging fruit had already been picked, e.g. timers were already in use. All the buildings - including 11 kindergartens, 12 nursing homes and healthcare centres - had to remain in use whilst the upgrades were executed.


The measures were completed in the spring of 2015, and the project is now in the guarantee phase during which the investment is repaid in form of energy savings. Total investment given all the criteria laid down for the project was € 4 million, which will be repaid within 6-7 years. The municipality received around € 760 000 in Enova subsidies for the EPC project.

We implemented 378 measures designed to reduce energy consumption in 37 buildings covering a total floor area of 130,000 square metres over a period of 18 months. Venstøp School for example used to be an energy drain, before we implemented measures such as a control system, heat pumps, performance optimisation and a new ventilation system.

A common web-based control system has been installed at all 37 buildings, allowing the janitors and Caverion's energy consultants to monitor and control heating, ventilation, lighting and anything else connected.


Given a goal of reducing energy consumption by 30%, nearly 400 energy-reducing measures were implemented over a period of 18 months in 37 buildings within the municipality. All the buildings are now connected to a central control system, an important mean in achieving savings and more efficient running of the municipality's buildings.


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