SAFIRA and ADENE together in environmental sustainability

Through a public tender, SAFIRA was selected as the implementation partner for SEEP (Energy Labelling System), a project sponsored by ADENE (Portuguese Agency for Energy) that allows the end user to compare products according to their energy performance and choose the ones that ensure lower monthly expenses and higher comfort. Glass windows are the first with an energy label, but is under study the certification of boilers, elevators, public lighting points, among others. There are "several approaches from some institutions across borders for the internationalization of the platform". SEEP has already 150 participating entities, 250 labels issued and 4000 registered products.

SEEPOeiras, July 30, 2013 - SAFIRA, provider of IT solutions and Consulting Services for the global market, today announced its participation in the Energy Labelling System (SEEP), a project sponsored by ADENE (Portuguese Agency for Energy) that rates energy performance and serves as a tool to encourage better decisions and greater savings on household expenses. The label classifies energy performance on a scale from "G" (least efficient) to "A" (most efficient). SEEP primarily focuses on products not regulated by the energy labelling Directive and with influence on buildings' energy consumption. Glass windows are the first products with an energy label.

SAFIRA is ADENE's partner responsible for the implementation of the project, developing an algorithm for energy classification that, based on the characteristics of the equipment, calculates its performance, generates the label and issues the associated invoice, communicating with billing and payment systems.

The project involved a team of 9 SAFIRA's Consultants and 8 ADENE's Consultants during the several phases of the project (since its prototype in late 2012 until the go live in the first half of 2013).

Energy certification of glass windows – why?

Nowadays, the communication of the windows energy potential still has strong improvement possibilities and, often, the perception of the end user on their added value lies only in expressions like "double glass" or "thermal cut" . That's why is important to ensure that (small) rehabilitations include efficient products, and labelling is an important tool to encourage that demand. The growing use of windows with more efficient performance rates, either by choice of consumers or by suggestion of manufacturers, will leverage significant energy savings for the country and reduction on household energy bills. If we add to this the fact that the most efficient windows also provide better comfort and noise reduction, we have even greater added value in choosing windows with better performance rates.

SEEP label window

According to Filipe Vasconcelos, General Director at ADENE, "The collaboration with SAFIRA proved to be very productive and incredibly efficient. ADENE is always looking for new tools that address market needs and seek to differentiate the Portuguese engineering cluster,  fulfilling ADENE's mission of serving the entire value chain of energy efficiency in Portugal. This system has been highly praised by the entire community of users and we plan to extend its scope to other product categories. We have already had several approaches from some institutions across borders for the internationalization of the platform, which means a lot in this economic climate for all companies involved in its creation and operation. "

After a financial assessment, ADENE decided that the Cloud option would be the most suitable for the project, since it does not imply a heavy infrastructure, has flexibility to evolve and initial investment is much lower. The project has been developed with Microsoft .Net and SharePoint technology on Windows Azure with Microsoft SQL Server database (including reporting services and analysis services) and Web services.

Since the process of issuing energy labels has an associated fee, ADENE expects to obtain the ROI of the project during the 2nd year of operation.

The first product with SEEP energy label is glass windows, but is under study the certification of boilers, elevators, public lighting points, among others.

After 2 months of Go Live, the project already has 150 participating entities, 250 labels issued and 4000 registered products.

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