François Chung, Ph.D.
Energy and vulnerable households

Energy and vulnerable households

IBGE training, Belgium (2014). This cycle of trainings-debates, known as Brufodebat, is organised by Bruxelles Environnement (IBGE). The main themes are the liberalization of energy markets, the social energy guidance and the rational use of energy. The objective is not only to provide both methodologies and tools to support households in energy poverty, but also to share, deepen, enrich and compare these tools through exchanges and practical situations.

Basic module 1: Consumer protection in energy markets

Main topics:

  • Contracts and invoices;
  • Liberalization of the energy market;
  • Protected customers.

Basic module 2: Energy-saving behaviors

Main topics:

  • Analysis of energy bills;
  • Energy-saving behaviors;
  • Minor improvement works.

Basic module 3: Structural measures for buildings and equipments

Main topics:

  • Insulation of the outer walls;
  • Improvement of the windows;
  • Improvement of the heating system.

Basic module 4: Guidance and indoor pollution

Main topics:

  • Support and awareness to the households;
  • Rational use of energy;
  • Housing and health.

Advanced module 1: Analysis of energy bills

Main topics:

  • Gas and electricity markets;
  • Energy check-up;
  • Consumption interpretation.

Advanced module 2: Social energy guidance

Main topics:

  • Household support;
  • Energy-saving behaviors;
  • Change strategy.

Advanced module 3: Tools, software and observation charts

Main topics:

  • Social energy audit;
  • Household support;
  • Evaluation grid.

Advanced module 4: Financial aids, subsidies and fundings

Main topics:

  • Federal aid;
  • Equipment financing;
  • Works on the structural system.

Advanced module 5: New norms and energy standards

Main topics:

  • Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB) certification;
  • Low energy standard;
  • Passive standard.

Advanced module 6: Case analysis

Main topics:

  • Heating system;
  • Window frames and windows;
  • Thermal insulation.

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