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Published on Jul 9, 2014
The pilot site Manresa (Spain) includes three buildings in the capital of the Bages comarca. The three blocks have a total surface of about 20,000 m² with 130 dwellings, commercial areas and parking spaces. The dwellings vary in size from 32 m2 to 75 m2.
Tenants at the pilot site are young to middle-aged with a high representation of migrants. The number of persons living in the dwellings varies from 1 to 8. It is likely that internet access is low. The tenants perceive “economic savings”, “consumption control” and “good use of supplies” as potential benefits of BECA.
The three buildings were built between 2007 and 2011. All building blocks have incorporated energy efficiency building designs like increased insulation, natural ventilation and glazed galleries. Each building has a centralized heating installation with a centralized solar thermal system and low temperature condensing boilers back up support systems. This centralized installation provides space heating and domestic hot water to each individual dwelling. Metering and control equipment are installed within distribution closets placed at the block stairs and inside the apartments. Individual thermostats providing indoor temperatures and instantaneous energy consumption are installed at each individual dwelling in the first and second building.