European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference



25 - 26 February 2016

Stadthalle, Pollheimerstrasse 1,
4600 Wels/Austria

Programme WSED 2016 (pdf)

Conference fee:

200 Euro, includes the Young Researchers Conference: Energy Efficiency (24 Feb. 2016), Energy Efficiency Watch Conference (26 Feb. 2016), Energy Efficiency Services Conference (25 - 26 Feb. 2016) and the Technical Site Visits "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings" (26 Feb. 2016, afternoon)

The fee includes an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT 

Conference languages:

English, German

Organisation and conference office: 

OÖ Energiesparverband
Landstrasse 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at

Europe is seeing a sharp increase in the market uptake of highly efficient buildings: according to the EU Buildings Directive, all new buildings must be "nearly zero energy buildings" by 2020 (public buildings already by 2018). A "nearly zero energy building" (NZEB) has a very high energy performance, the very low amount of required energy is covered to a very significant extent by renewable energy.


Thursday, 25 February 2016

09.00 Opening & welcome

  • Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

  • What's new with NZEBs?
    Gordon Sutherland, European Commission, EASME

  • Energising Europe with energy savings
    Yamina Saheb, Openexp, France

  • Making energy efficiency buildings and service markets happen
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

Smart NZEBs in a decentralised energy market

  • The active role of buildings in transforming the energy market
    Maarten De Groote, Buildings Performance Institute Europe

  • The user at the centre of building automation and energy efficiency
    Werner Jensch, University of Applied Sciences Munich, Germany

  • Smart cities in Europe
    Theodor Zillner, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation & Technology, Austria

  • Electric cars and smart homes
    Roel Swierenga, Hansa Green Tour, NL

  • Smart grids pioneer region Upper Austria
    Walter Tenschert, Netz OÖ/Energie AG, Austria

Expert dialogue: what works best to accelerate building renovation?

  • Chairperson: Rod Janssen, eceee

  • Julije Domac, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency, Croatia
  • Ulrich Nyffenegger, Canton of Bern, Switzerland
  • Jaap Hogeling, REHVA
  • Fiona Hall, Rockwool International
  • Julien Dijol, Housing Europe

13.00 Lunch break

14.30 Business models for sustainable buildings

  • The IEA Energy Efficiency Market Report
    Tyler Bryant, International Energy Agency (IEA)

  • How Europe can support energy efficiency services
    Anette Jahn, European Commission, EASME

  • Energy efficiency services – transforming energy markets
    Scott Johnstone, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, USA

Panorama of successful building energy efficiency services

  • A mass-scale ESCO project - the REDIBA-project
    Josep Verdaguer Espaulella, Barcelona Provincial Council, Spain

  • Energies POSIT ’IF: renovating 3,300 apartments
    Marie-Laure Falque Masset, ARENE Île-de-France, France

  • Improving the energy performance of existing buildings
    Oliver Cottet, Schneider Electric, Belgium

  • From an energy provider to a successful energy servicecompany
    Miha Valentinčič, Petrol, Slovenia

  • Lighting as a service
    Kaspars Osis, RCG Lighthouse, Latvia

19.00 Evening programme

09.30 Workshop: How to dynamise energy performance contracting (EPC)
markets? (in English only)

  • Chairperson: Vlasta Krmelj, Energy Agency of Podravje, Slovenia

  • Establishing EPC markets in 9 European regions
    Christine Öhlinger, OÖ Energiesparverband

  • How to increase renovation rates with EPC
    Rüdiger Lohse, Klimaschutz- und Energieagentur Baden-Württemberg, Germany

  • European funding opportunities for EPC
    Velimir Šegon, North-West Croatia Regional Energy Agency, Croatia

  • Experience from facilitating EPC markets
    Paddy Phelan, The Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency, Ireland
    Francisco Puente, ESCAN, Spain

  • How to implement EPC in a city
    Ingo Fellinger, Stadt Wels, Austria
    Joanna Zbierska, City of Gdansk, Poland


13.00 End of the conference

13.30 – 17.45 Site Visits Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

09.00 European Energy Efficiency Watch Conference

  • Chairperson: Nils Borg, eceee

  • Energy efficiency in the Energy Union
    Anette Jahn, European Commission

  • Making Europe number 1 in energy efficiency
    Christiane Egger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
    Daniel Becker, Ecofys, Germany

  • How to finance energy efficiency, the EU's first fuel
    Susann Bollmann, Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz, Germany

  • Energy efficiency obligation schemes across Europe
    Jan Rosenow, Ricardo Energy and Environment, UK / Vlasis Oikonomou, Joint Implementation Network, NL

  • White certificates: assessment, measurement, verification
    Dario di Santo, Federazione Italiana per l'uso Razionale dell'Energia (Fire), Italy

  • The Estonian loan programme for renovation of apartment buildings
    Jarek Kurnitski, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

  • The Healthy Homes Programme - tackling fuel poverty
    Ian Watson, Building Research Establishment, UK

13.00 End of the conference

13.30 - 17.45 Site Visit Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

Conference: Energy Efficiency Services Conference

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This conference is organised as a part of the IEE-project "Streetlight-EPC":