In an effort to make cost, resource and energy savings, ICLEI member Rotterdam (the Netherlands) has taken steps to make public swimming pools more energy efficient. As the level of potential energy savings were uncertain, an Energy Performance Contract was used, under which contractors are only paid for actual energy savings achieved. The move also seeks to improve swimming conditions for users and lower CO₂emissions, in line with the city’s ambitious emissions strategy.
The tender covered nine swimming pools over a ten year period and required guaranteed energy savings, improvement in the quality of the swimming pools and comfort for users in terms of water and air temperature, humidity and chemical concentrations. The award of the contract was based on the energy savings offered by the bidders and the maintenance costs. The tender incentivised contractors to use energy efficient heating, lighting and ventilation systems, all of which have been proven to significantly reduce energy usage.
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