July 31st, 2014

Life Cycle Costing case studies of RES and EE projects

Making sound energy investment decisions is a complex task – no matter whether it concerns a Renewable Energy System (RES) or an Energy Efficiency (EE) investment. A Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis combined with an assessment of the available financing options should be the obligatory path for every investment decision. Decision makers usually focus on familiar financing schemes and may fail to consider alternative means of financing which can be of significant added value to a project.

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July 28th

The only right advice - Use a checklist to anticipate customer's wishes

As an installer or architect, you want to ensure that the installation fully meets the customer’s requirements... now and in the future. Therefore, use a checklist or a design guide when planning their electrical installation. It should enable the customer to determine what features and techniques should or should not (yet) be present in the installation. 
 
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Frustrating advice 5 - You don't need an intercom or automatic roll-down shutters

Why would a hale and hearty person need an intercom? Just go to the door. Why would you need automatic roll-down shutters when you can roll them up and down manually? Only the very lazy invest in comfort they don’t need, right?
 
Well, you might want to give that a second thought.
 
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Frustrating advice 10 - You will charge your EV from a standard wall socket

Plug-in hybrid vehicle and battery electric vehicle (EV) ownership is expanding rapidly. However, few people take this into account when building or renovating a house. If they haven’t got one yet, they probably won’t bother installing an EV charging station at their carport or in the garage. They’ll assume that a standard wall socket will do.
 
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Frustrating advice 9 - You will always connect wirelessly to the internet

Ten to fifteen years ago, forward-looking people rushed to install Ethernet cabling in every corner of their house. Today, since the breakthrough of Wi-Fi, nobody seems to care anymore. Everything is being connected wirelessly to the internet, including laptops, tablets, smart phones and even desktop PCs. But are we always happy with that?
 
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Frustrating advice 6 - Don't bother about speaker wire until you move in

Most people do not consider speaker wiring to be part of the electrical installation. It is seldom included in the planning by the homeowner. It’s just laid at the time of moving into the house.
 
But then the trouble begins.
 
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Frustrating advice 4 - A centralized night switch? No, that's far too expensive!

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to switch off all the lights in your home and turn the heating down with just a single switch? Everybody agrees on that, yet in practice only a small minority of home owners have such a feature. People often have the urge to say ‘That convenience is only for the happy few that can afford integrated home systems.’
 
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