instead of Quantity
Nowadays, the issue of energy crisis is constantly a topic of discussion, when more and more people are looking to find efficient and spot-on solutions, for heating up their homes.
However, in order to be able to find the solutions, we must first understand the problem itself and answer correctly and in detail the million dollar question: "Why am I cold at home?”.
The answer lies a few decades back, when most of the single and multifamily houses we live in today were built. Back then, oil was very cheap and the society focused on “build as fast as possible”; but this conjuncture engraved on buildings, which were built without proper planning concerning energy efficiency.
the problem still exists?
A series of answers tries to explain this phenomenon, which still exists and concerns more and more people due to the rising energy bills, the terrible indoor conditions and the raising energy poverty.
Lack of energy saving policy
Firstly, there is a lack of energy saving policy and policy implementation.
Renewable Energy Sources are, without a doubt, the best way to produce energy.
Nonetheless, in larger metropolitan areas it is impossible to cover the energy needed only through renewables, so here is a need of combination of two main aspects. To reach the highest level of energy efficiency in buildings and at the same time, to produce the energy needed by a small renewable energy system on site. It is obvious that sun and wind are not always available during a day, while there is a big percentage of people with financial limitations, who do not have access to energy and are unable solve the problem by investing in renewable systems. Key stakeholders and the state should lead the way by prioritizing energy efficiency.
Engineers and technicians
Secondly, engineers and technicians. The way buildings are designed and constructed today has not changed notably concerning energy efficiency, in comparison with buildings constructed 40 years ago. The construction branch needs radical changes, engineers needs to reeducate themselves, be part of the construction process again, educate and guide the technicians and achieve the best possible energy performance of the building.
Last but not least, Universities. The gap between education and construction is enormous, Master and PHD degrees are valuable, but still both of them cannot minimize this particular gap. Technical Universities should provide courses on energy design of buildings, new energy design software and interfere with construction companies in order to give the opportunity to students to learn about the real process.