Purpose of the
The energy consumption of a building is a product of three factors: the intrinsic thermal qualities of the construction, the performance of technical operation and the good use made of it by its occupants. While it is easy to work on the first two factors relating essentially to technical aspects, it is harder to “work” with the human factor, lead the occupants to a responsible use.
The Contest for a better Use and Buildings Efficiency (CUBE2020) is a general interest initiative aiming to help commercial buildings' users to efficiently reduce their consumptions by deploying use levers, better steering and operation, and by providing an entertaining competition between the candidates.
Within one year, the users of the candidate buildings must save energy against a reference consumption determined from the consumptions of the three previous years. These energy savings can be made thanks to the improvement of the operation, light technical actions and the mobilization of the occupants based on eco-actions as much as a better operation.
Energy savings, calculated from the monthly energy bills reported by the candidates, will give way to a monthly ranking by categories. At the end of the year of competition, a final ranking will be provided and winners of prizes will be awarded.
The competing buildings will also be given medals (bronze, silver, gold or platinum) per the absolute thresholds of energy savings they reached during the competition (regardless of their absolute ranking).
Animation and significant communication will accompany the contest in order to showcase the companies involved and the best results.
Eligible candidates in the tertiary buildings contest
Any legal person, company or organization, user of tertiary offices or educational buildings can enter the contest. The company or organization involved in the contest declares candidate buildings in the competition. To sum up:
- Company or organization involved: the legal person who
commits one or more candidate buildings.
- The candidate building(s), entering the competition
following the company’s commitment: they are in Europe or in oversee European
The committed company concerning each candidate building it declares:
- Is the owner and user of the building,
- Or rents more than 80% of the building surface,
- Or is the owner or the facility manager of the
building (multi-tenant case): with mobilizing, at least 80% of the users in the
building, the landlord or the facility manager is in capacity of monthly submit
the total building consumption (private and common portions) on each energy
Schedule for the 2017 edition
The 12-month-contest will take place from January 1st to December 31st 2017.
The applications (of committed companies or organizations and their candidate buildings) are open from September 1st to December 31st 2016.
The launch event will take place by the end of 2016 or early January 2017.
The awards ceremony will take place in March 2018.
Between these dates, the contest will include regular animations and information in order to ensure a permanent communication with the candidates and help them with their actions and mobilization as part of the contest.
The application to the contest proceeds via the portal www.cube2020.org/europe. Some documents will be sent to the administrative address of IFPEB for confirmation.
The application consists in:
- The registration of the contact details of the
committed company or organization,
- The settlement of the application fee,
- The registration of the candidate building(s).
Validity of registration
The registration is valid as soon as:
- The contact details of the candidate building(s) and
the contact people are duly provided on the portal www.cube2020.org/europe, and the
related documents sent back to the administrative center of the contest.
- The registration fee relating to the candidate
building(s) have been paid in full.
Registration of a candidate building: € 850 (excluding VAT) per building (cost may vary in case of industry partnership with a big number of buildings).
Access to service
A validated registration confers:
- Participation to all the animations,
- Access to the candidate space on the www.cube2020.org/europe,
- Reception of the Candidate Kit for the deployment of the
contest and the mobilization of the users,
- Invitation to the launch and awards events,
- Right to publicly communicate one’s participation to
the contest on whichever support wished (with the logo “committed company” or
“committed local authority” or “committed organization” available in the
Categories and prizes of the contest
Competing buildings are given the following medals at the end of the competition, per their energy savings against adjusted reference consumption, regardless of their ranking.
Medals are organized as follows:
candidate building which saves 10% on its energy consumption will get a bronze
- From 15% of energy savings, the candidate gets a silver medal,
- From 20% of energy savings, the candidate gets a gold medal,
- The candidates which save 25% on their energy consumption in the contest get a platinum medal.
Categories of the contest in 2017
The contest organizers assign the different tertiary buildings to the following categories in which they will compete according to the information provided throughout the registration:
- Certified in operation office buildings (HQE and BREEAM In Use, ISO 50001),
- Non-certified office buildings (potentially assigned to homogeneous size sub-categories if the candidates are too many),
- Educational buildings,
- State-owned buildings,
- Public buildings (non-educational)
- Partly industrialized buildings
- (France only) Housing buildings.
The categories related to apartment buildings will be determined after the qualification of registered candidate’s number and quality.
Three thematic prizes:
- Greenhouse gases (focus on carbon reduction),
- Best improvement on a building stock: the company or organization which has made the greatest economy in all the buildings registered in the contest (more than 5 buildings),
- Overseas department buildings.
Podiums and prizes
Each above-mentioned category has its own podium with a winner, a number two and three, the corresponding prizes being a gold CUBE, a silver CUBE and a bronze CUBE.
Moreover, on each of these podiums, when the performance revealed by the contest comes as a result of a good collaboration:
- Between a user and his landlord,
- Between a user and his advisor in charge of energy efficiency (facility manager, consultancy, energy manager…),
- For the apartment buildings, a manager and the residents (represented by the residents’ council).
This collaboration, subject to their approval, will be showcased: both will be on the podium and a press article will be written.
Development of a private contest
The candidates are free to use the information monthly delivered about the contest to manage an internal contest into their company or organization when they register several buildings.
A local actor (local authority, association, chamber of commerce…) can become a partner of the contest and to animate the candidates at a local level, with an access to the rankings of the buildings located in their jurisdiction/intervention area (subject to the relevant candidates’ approval). The local partner must bear the costs of all its animations and communications.
Candidate buildings’ data collection
Collection of descriptive data
The competing buildings are described by an ID file filled in on the portal www.cube2020.org/europe. The information with an asterisk are mandatory.
The buildings’ description contains data about the built part, the operation and the intensity of use of the building (number of workstations, work schedules, etc.).
In all the consumptions declarations, used to establish the baseline or the ranking in the competition, data variations concerning the intensity of use will be tracked (change in the number of workstations, in work schedules, etc.) when big variations are monitored.
Collection of energy consumptions
The consumptions are reported by the contact people in the candidate buildings on a monthly basis. They are entered in final energy (based on the energy providers’ bills without climate correction) on the Candidate Space of the website www.cube2020.org/europe. They are of several kinds: electricity, gas or heading in the commercial buildings.
Some electric consumptions may be reported on the last day of the month (ideal case), some may be reported on another monthly date which is not necessarily the end of the month.
If the data are climate-sensitive, the online platform will be able to bring them back to a monthly basis by prorata temporis and prorata of degree-days. If it is not, it will be broken down on a monthly basis with a prorate temporis.
Concerning the housing buildings category, the opportunity is given to apply on their water consumption too (French cases).
Calculation of the intermediate and final ranking of a building - audit
Establishment of the baseline
The baseline is established from the data entry of 2014, 2015 and 2016 monthly consumptions on the portal www.cube2020.org/europe. At least two of the three years of consumption data will be necessary to calculate the baseline.
The variation of the intensity of use or the explanation of singular points of consumption are to be documented as much as possible (refurbishment works, office vacancies, etc.). The buildings where can’t be provided at least a year of normal use, without great variations in perspective of the establishment of this baseline, won’t be able to participate to the contest. As well, the buildings where significant energy retrofits took place between the baseline period and the contest period won’t be eligible to enter the contest (the aim is to monitor “in use” progress).
Calculation of the monthly rankings
The consumptions of the month M are generally known from the bills received by the contact person in the candidate building during the month M+2. They’re reported on the candidate space of the website www.cube2020.org/europe.
There is a two-step-process for the reported consumptions:
- The part of heating is extracted from the reported consumptions and adjusted for unified degree days,
- Then all the consumptions are adjusted for the variations of the intensity of use in order to produce a “CUBE” monthly consumption.
From the beginning of the contest, the aggregated “CUBE” monthly consumptions are compared with the aggregated consumption baseline, in order to determine the total percentage of energy saved so far.
The rankings by categories are established on the basis of this saved economy percentage. The rankings of the month M is known by the end of the month M+2. Only the top 15 of the general rankings is published on the website, but each candidate have access to his own general ranking. If the candidate indicates his consumptions before the deadline provided by the organizers, he can appear in the monthly general classification communicated by the organizers (with the provisional classification of the following month and the details of the intermediate podiums by categories).
Even if the candidates are asked to mobilize the occupants of the buildings, the operational optimization is highly recommended: set point temperatures adjustment, a programming of the BMS adapted to efficient use, computing resources optimization (turning off unused devices, suppression of low-power standby), implementation of local switches, etc.
Although any deep heavy refurbishment affecting the energy performance is excluded during the contest and the year before the contest, the building, after one year in a contest which aims above all to make the buildings in use improve, will be in an ideal situation to plan them.
Sincerity of the declarations
The candidates commit themselves to sincere declarations.
The reported data will be auditable through a simple request of the organizers. The winners of a category will be audited by the contest organization on the completeness of their reported data.
Elimination of a candidate building
A candidate building is eliminated of the contest if it stops reporting its consumptions for more than a quarter or if an anomaly is found in the reporting or following an audit.
Communication and services provided to the candidate companies
Communication on the candidate
By entering the contest, the committed company or organization expressly authorizes ex gratia the French Institute for Performance in Buildings (IFPEB) and the local partners in charge of the contest animation out of France to use its corporate name, its logo (the distinctive signs), and the number of buildings it has registered in the contest, in the context of the website www.cube2020.org/europe, the newsletter of the contest or launch and ending events. The distinctive signs can be used collectively (with those of all the candidates) on any communication support dedicated to the contest.
Deployment in the candidate building
A CUBE 2020 communication kit is passed to the candidates in electronic form (files). It contains various documents:
- “CUBE 2020 Candidate Company” and “competing buildings” logos which can be taken up in the internal and external communication of the company, posters, stickers, etc.
- Technical instructions,
- A deployment guide,
- The feedback of the previous contests.
The committed companies or organizations are allowed to communicate internally or externally about their participation to the contest CUBE 2020 on the basis of the supplied supports.
The contest animation and communication
A continuous communication and animation are set up as part of the contest from the launch to the ending. It will at least consist in:
- Four CUBE animation and intermediate information meetings
- Press releases in key moments,
- A website www.cube2020.org/europe, relay websites such as www.buildup.eu and www.construction21.org,
- A launch event,
- An Awards ceremony.
- Our media partners will relay the news about the challenge as a central thread.
People invited to the events are the candidate representative (national contact person) and the contact person on site of each competing building. During the contest, the best stories, anecdotes, the most original actions will be highlighted by the organizers.
Confidential information derived from the contest
The sites description data and the energy consumption data collected for the contest won’t in any case go public, except synthetically for the three winners of each category of the contest.
Throughout the monthly publishing of the rankings, only the name of the general top twenty candidates and the name of the top three of each category candidates will go public.
The participants confer entitlement to use of the consumptions data collected for the statistical results of the contest (total economies average made by all the candidates during the contest, standard deviations, or any other statistical interpretations, etc. without any reference to the buildings, the company or the organization.)
Confidential data of the candidates
The contact details of the candidates will be kept confidential. Any candidate registered is ensured of his right to rectify, correct or erase the data reported for the contest through a simple request.
As CUBE 2020 is a program of general interest, the candidates won’t be in any case commercially canvassed concerning assistance to energy savings as part of the contest, unless it is explicitly requested by the candidate.
As well, as CUBE 2020 is a program of general interest, the reported data won’t be commercially used.
Contest administration’s contact information
The dialogue with the contest’s organizers is established through the portal www.cube2020.org/europe, thanks to dialogue areas available after registration on the portal (candidate section).
Partnership requests should be addressed to the mail address email@example.com.
Administrative documents should be addressed to:
Institut Français pour la Performance du Bâtiment (IFPEB).
Centre administratif du Concours CUBE 2020
Centre de services « ECOPARC »
17, rue du
Commandant Charcot – 33290 Blanquefort.