Rising energy prices and the new German Energy Saving Ordinance (EnEV), which includes the now-compulsory energy certificate and which was published in accordance to the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD), have dramatically increased the demand for energy consulting services in Germany. The new legislation has also changed the traditional consulting services provided by engineers.
The energy consulting market lacks uniform standards, “energy consultant” is not a legally protected title and there is no system of further training or qualification. Energy consultants and customers alike are uncertain as to the services on offer.
ESysPro is a collaborative project funded by the research programme “Innovationen mit Dienstleistungen” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research that aims to develop a set of tools to allow energy consultants, depending on the depth and breadth of their skills, to identify value-adding development perspectives (see diagram). The research project, part of the funding framework “Dienstleistungsqualität durch professionelle Arbeit”, hopes to improve the provision of skilled energy-consulting services by professionalising the role of energy consultants.
Diagram 1: Skills of energy consulting services
To achieve this, the project will: