Energieeffizienz für Pflegeeinrichtungen
Development of an integrated communication concept about energy efficiency in residential care homes
  • Buildings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy supply
  • Market & Policy
  • Study
  • Consulting
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Pilot project
  • Market development
  • Public funds
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Period   06/2015 - 11/2017 (2,5 Years)
Budget   420.003 EUR
Description   In Germany there are about 11.000 residential nursing and care homes which serve as home for 800.000 elderly citizens. The efficient use of energy in care homes is a neccessity to keep the cost factor energy socially acceptable and affordable in the care sector. Solites already worked on this subject in the EU research project Save Age (05/2010-05/2013) and has been responsible for the implementation in Germany. For Germany, a potential of avoidance of 500.000 to 2.5 mio tonnes CO2 per year could be identified.

The new project "Energieeffizienz für Pflegeeinrichtungen" focuses on activities in the sector of non- and low-investment measures in nursing and care homes: Energy management, energy conscious behaviour of employees, residents and visitors and process optimisation. An internet based campaign-tool (methods, website, study materials) shall be developed, to be used by host organisations to support their care homes indiviually and affordably in the implementation of non- and low-investment methods.
Client   Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
  • Solites - Steinbeis Research Institute for Solar and Sustainable Thermal Energy Systems

  • City of Stuttgart through the department for environmental protection

  • Johannes Nowak, Consultance for social enterprises

  • 4 host organisations and 8 care homes as implementation partners
Aim   By non- and low-investment measures that can be integrated into the home life, the project shall promote energy efficieny in nursing and care homes. For this purpose a communication concept shall be developed which can be purchased by host organisations and used self-reliance. Through a needs-oriented service concept, the communication concept shall be disseminated further in the care sector after the project is finished. In the pilot implementation of the communication project in the institutions a decrease of CO2 of at least 15 % shall be reached. The goal of the distribution of the communication concept are concrete requests of further host organisations and care homes before the end of the project.
Implementation   The project is subdivided into the following work packages:

  • Methods and instruments
    The communication concept is developed corporately with the 4 joining hosts and 8 institutions on the base of preliminary studies of SaveAge. The collection of energy data in the care homes will be standarised.

  • Pilot implementations
    The hosts and institutions are using the developed materials and methods and bring the subject energy efficienciy actively into their commitees.The communication concept is getting approved and optimized. The energy consumptions of the institutions are collected and inserted into the developed internet portal by the responsible person of the respective institution. A benchmark is calculated for energy consumption of the joining institutions and with communication functions networking is supported.

  • Nationwide dissemination
    The results of the project are communicated and the developed materials and methods are promoted. Through a needs-oriented service concept the communication concept can be distributed in the care sector after the project.

During the project the hosts and institutions are accompanied and trained by project meetings and workshops.

Support of energy efficiency in care homes by non- and low-investment measures


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