Evaluation methodology featured in ‘Energy Policy’ Journal

SMARTSPACES is featured in the high profile journal Energy Policy. Energy Policy is an international peer-reviewed journal addressing the policy implications of energy supply and use from their economic, social, planning and environmental aspects.

The journal has just published an article profiling the evaluation methodology for SMARTSPACES. ‘Evaluating communication to optimise consumer-directed energy efficiency interventions’ focusses on the theoretical framework for SMARTSPACES, which uses both communication and behaviour theory to examine the impact of the programme at the level of the individual user.

The abstract of the article can be found here.

The article was written by Caroline Wilson, who also co-authored the Evaluation Plan for SMARTSPACES.

The SMARTSPACES project proposes to discover ways to save energy in Europe’s public buildings using information and communications technology. Pilot sites at eleven European cities are developing energy saving services using data generated from smart metering systems. The SMARTSPACES system is applied to in each city independently, according to local context.

The evaluation plan looks at assessing the impact of the SMARTSPACES service on three main types of users of public buildings: visitors, staff, and building/energy managers. It looks for impact at the level of the individual, and also at a social and institutional level.

Article author Caroline Wilson said: “Having the SMARTSPACES evaluation methodology highlighted in a peer reviewed article is a further indication that the programme is a ‘Project to Watch‘ as noted recently by the United Nations”.

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In SMARTSPACES, ICT-based services for public buildings have been evaluated in 11 pilots in 8 countries across Europe. Almost 600 buildings were equipped with the ICT-solution. The services are designed to evaluate the impact on overall energy consumption in public buildings.