The partners involved in the SHERPA project took advantage of the mid-term event of the Interreg MED Programme and the capitalisation event of the Efficient Buildings and Renewable Energy Communities, to organise a side meeting gathering all SHERPA partners on 20 April 2018.

The SHERPA project, which involves the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission as WP2 (Communication) leader, is an Interreg MED Testing and Capitalising (M2+M3) modular project that aims to improve the energy efficiency of public buildings in regions across the Mediterranean.

The 20 April meeting discussed the progress and results of the project’s testing phase, which is now reaching its final stage. The meeting focused on the progress of the works of the project’s 4 Working Groups (WGs), i.e. Governance; Information System; Training and awareness; Financing.

WG1, focusing on governance (led by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament d’Habitatge i Millora Urbana), presented a first idea of SHERPA’s Building Card, one of the project’s deliverables which will be granted to each building in which the project’s methodology was applied, as a proof of its compliance with SHERPA’s standards and methodology.

Following this, all partners presented their regional buildings’ characteristics and measurement carried out so far. Most of them are currently in a process of hiring someone to do the measurements of their selected buildings.

WG2 (Information System, led by CIMNE) drew some conclusions concerning the activities carried out, in particular the fact that benchmarking was one of the most useful features bringing added value for the renovation projects. Partners are now called upon to make recommendations. Nevertheless, it is clear that more general use typologies would improve the benchmarking.

This was followed by a round table moderated by the Institut Valencià de l’Edificació (IVE), partner in charge of WG3 on training and awareness. Each partner explained how they will develop the regional training sessions (methodology); how they will organise groups (for regional administration, for typology) and the expected results; and how they will participate in the design of the energy roadmap of the pilot projects.

During the last presentation, TRACIS, the company in charge of the Financing (WG4), discussed the feasibility of the financing of the foreseen measurements of each pilot. This depends on 4 steps: the promoter assessment, the credit assessment, the project assessment and the return assessment. After this, the following step will be to identify the financial characterisation (per country) and the financial modelisation (per project).

Finally, the meeting ddressed the preparation of the next phase of the project. The Lead Partner presented the upcoming Joint Transferring Seminar, which will be held on 17-18 July in Marseille, back-to-back with SHERPA’s 5th Steering Committee and the Intermediterranean Commission (CPMR-IMC) Task Force on Efficiency Renovation in Mediterranean Buildings.

The final conclusions of the Testing Phase will be debated during this Joint Transferring Seminar.