MEC inspects energy efficiency of retail real estate

MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG now offers its own energy audit for retail parks and shopping centers. With its new energy audit product EASY (Energy Audit System), MEC is reacting to the corresponding demand from investors and owners. EASY investigates the energy consumption of a retail real estate property, makes specific recommendations for sustainable potential savings, and also implements the recommendations.

With Technical Property Manager Rainer Köpsell, MEC now has a TÜV-certified Energy Auditor in its ranks. The subject of energy optimisation is part of his everyday work, meaning that Köpsell's many years of experience allow him to precisely identify wasteful energy consumers in retail real estate. "Significant cost savings can often be made simply by optimising work processes and raising awareness amongst employees, without investing a cent," he explains. Only through analysis and inspection can the energy efficiency of retail real estate be improved.

EASY is a three-step model
1. Energy assessment
Initially, all energy-relevant facilities are determined and recorded. Subsequently, a rough assessment and appraisal of the technical status of the facilities is performed. The summary report identifies deficiencies and provides recommendations for action to optimise operational procedures or for investments. There is additionally the option of installing a data recording system, which is generally cost-neutral, and which offers total transparency in energy consumption.

2. Energy audit
The result of the energy assessment (step 1) serves as the basis of the actual audit. All facilities on the property and energy consumption data are recorded and analysed. The summary report identifies potential savings for the client, specifically and in detail, together with the necessary action to be taken.

3. Project planning/performance
Upon request, MEC coordinates the implementation of the required investment measures. After the implementation of the energy-saving measures, the summary report clearly and comprehensibly illustrates the reductions in consumption by comparing the situation before and after.

Statutory mandatory energy audits as of December 2015
The legislature has also recognised the necessity of energy audits for achieving climate targets, and has made their performance mandatory for all companies (does not apply to SMEs) in Germany by December 2015. According to the Energy Efficiency Directive, the affected companies will in future be required to record energy consumption, and also savings achieved. The audits must be recorded by qualified specialises and repeated every four years. With EASY, MEC offers the statutory required audit, specialised for retail and wholesale companies.

Further information about EASY you will find here.