"BEEP demonstrates how public building owners can simulate building performance", interview with Amin Shoukry

Amin Shoukry, Professor at the Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST)

The Egypt Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) is a partner of the BEEP project and is actively involved in all project tasks. Two Egyptian buildings were selected as the pilot case studies, the “Cordahi Building” and the “Horreya Center for Creativity”. Both case studies were built more than 100 years ago, and they are very symbolic of the cosmopolitan architectural heritage of Alexandria city center. Different measures have been considered for the energy retrofitting of the pilot buildings: additional insulation, internal shading devices, doble glazing, façade retrofitting, Photovoltaic panels, etc.

Amin Shoukry points out that "BEEP demonstrates how public building owners can simulate building performance, provide possible and financially feasible intervention scenarios of building retrofitting, and finally proposing a legal and financial framework for the funding and implementation of such scenarios to achieve an overall sustainable solution”.

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About the BEEP project:

BEEP project aims at strengthening the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to enhance energy efficiency in buildings. The testing of this emerging technology on built heritage will be performed to demonstrate its scalability to the entire building stock. The project will provide public administrations with a powerful method for the energy rehabilitation of public buildings to be supported with private funds through the Energy Performance Contracting (*). The project main outcome will be an innovative methodology based on the integration of emerging technologies tested on 9 heritage public buildings located in Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Egypt.

(*) Energy performance contracting (EPC) is a mechanism for organising the energy efficiency financing. The EPC involves an Energy Service Company (ESCO) which provides various services, such as finances and guaranteed energy savings. The remuneration of the ESCO depends on the achievement of the guaranteed savings. The ESCO stays involved in the measurement and verification process for the energy savings in the repayment period. ESCO and energy performance contracting are mostly found in the public sector and to a lesser extent in the industrial and commercial building sectors (Hilke and Ryan, 2012). Source: European Comission

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