An important step has been taken in efforts to help overcome Brazil’s current energy crisis, with the successful conclusion of one more phase of a pioneer project that aims to increase energy transparency within the country.

Led by Mitsidi Projetos and CBCS (the Brazilian Council for Sustainable Building), in partnership with Eletrobras/Procel and the British Embassy in Brazil, the project has reached its immediate goals of developing energy consumption benchmarks for corporate office buildings, which will serve as indicators that are used to compare a building’s energy performance with its own potential, based on averages for buildings of its kind around the country. Energy benchmarks are essential to the development of tools that can aid in large-scale energy reduction, such as energy efficiency labels for buildings.

The project is part of a larger program that seeks to create a new energy label for existing buildings, which will be called DEO (Operational Energy Performance of Buildings, in Portuguese). The future label will evaluate actual energy consumption and savings based on real measurements, rather than potential savings based on project design.

Logo DEO

The project’s results were presented recently, on March 4, 2015, by Edward Borgstein, founder of Mitsidi Projetos, at the headquarters of Eletrobras in Rio de Janeiro, in front of a multi-sectorial audience that included representatives from public institutions such as BNDES, the energy sector, large incorporations, major corporate building administration companies, the academic and scientific communities, among others.

The achievement was celebrated, but the work goes on. The larger goal is to create conditions that will allow the new DEO label to be put in place, not only for corporate office buildings, but for many other typologies as well, through energy consumption indicators, benchmarks, and the development of robust methodologies for energy auditing and evaluation.

Check out the links below to read more about the project through CBCS’s and Procel’s websites:

http://www.cbcs.org.br/benchmarkingenergia

http://www.procelinfo.com.br/

Click here to access the benchmarking tool concluded in 2014 for bank branches:

http://www.cbcs.org.br/website/benchmarking-plataforma/