Applying the ESCO model to office buildings seems to be limited to major, Government-supported projects acting within the 3000AGE programme. However, the private sector is aware of the advantages of externalising energy services and is moving in this direction. The Housing Association of the MASTERS I Madrid building is a good example.
The building is in the tertiary sector, with 17 above-ground storeys, on Avenida General Perón, next to the Paseo de la Castellana, and is used as offices. The building is an architectural reference in the city thanks to its curtain wall construction. As of June this year, it is also a reference for having modernised its thermal production facilities using the energy services model.
This intervention, with performance levels guaranteed by contract, enables it to comply effortlessly with the saving goals set in the Kyoto protocol.
Article published in: FuturENERGY October 2013