Policy status:In Force
Jurisdiction:Municipal, State/Regional
Date Effective:2008
Policy Type:Information and Education>Information provision, Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable, Buildings>District Heating and Cooling, Buildings>Non-Residential, Buildings>Residential, Buildings
Agency:Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Capital Region Ministry of Environment)

The Brussels-Capital Region provides a free advice service through energy Facilitators, assigned the task of advising corporate bodies and institutions in their approach to improving the energy performances of their property and activities.

This service is aimed at two main categories of consumers: collective housing and the tertiary sector (including industrial facilities).

Two other Facilitator networks have also been dedicated to promising technologies that are not yet well-known on the Brussels market: cogeneration and renewable energy (large systems).

The Facilitators are energy specialists known for their expertise garnered from carrying out numerous projects both in Brussels and abroad. Their mission is to provide independent and impartial assistance to contracting authorities and building managers on energy consumption management actions, rational use of energy (RUE) tools developed by the Ministry and the promotion of renewable energy, at every stage of a project. Advice also extends to providing comparisons on different commercial services, information on the different kinds of financial assistance or incentives available, and guidance and assistance with technical documents such as audits and feasibility studies.

In terms of green building, the programme involves Facilitator missions and guidance aimed at anyone involved with a building for which environmental support may be useful in actions relating to the design, renovation, construction, management or deconstruction phases etc. regardless of the stage the project is at. The mandate of the Green Building Facilitator is:

- to promote the green building tools developed by Bruxelles Environnement - IBGE;

- to provide information on and raise awareness of green building (other than IBGE tools);

- to analyse obstacles to the development of green building and suggest solutions.

The Brussels-Capital Region is also setting up an Eco-District Facilitator as part of a proactive policy of developing sustainable districts. The aim of this service, which is available to design engineers (architects, design offices, etc.), developers of both private projects (investors, promoters, etc.) and public projects (Municipalities, Public Service Real Estate Companies, etc.) and public town planning authorities, is to introduce the principles of sustainable planning, green building techniques and energy-saving, as well as the principles of eco-management and sustainable mobility into sustainable district development work.

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