• Developed and implemented an energy transition dynamic roadmap calculating costs and the impact on energy and CO2 emissions.
  • FastLane approach implemented, data collection per building, analysis and process automation to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • Timing implementation and renovations saved 10-20% costs of sustainability measures.
  • Completed 80% Energy Efficiency Audit (EED) and Information Requirement (EML). 

The two universities house around 100,000 students, teachers and support staff in a real estate portfolio which includes centuries-old inner-city buildings and historic monuments. The different building styles and functions vary too - from laboratories and lecture halls to offices and student accommodation. It makes the journey to low-carbon buildings complex and challenging.

FastLane and consultancy expertise optimise Dynamic Roadmap

Royal HaskoningDHV used our FastLane approach in combination with consultancy. The process involved gathering and structuring existing and new data about each building. This is put into our Fastlane platform for analysis and process automation. Based on the data, FastLane identifies all possible measures which could be implemented to reduce emissions from each building. The automated process provides structure in calculating costs and the impact on energy and CO2 emissions. When information from all the buildings is filtered through the FastLane dashboard, it indicates how a selection of measures can cumulatively lead to climate goals across various scenarios. This allowed informed decision-making to take place in the organisation on the upcoming energy transition.

With all this information at hand, we ran a series of expert sessions with representatives from the university and partner organisations to discuss and identify appropriate measures and timings for implementation. Decisions were made at the level of individual buildings and the impact across the whole portfolio tracked. Through structured data collection, it’s possible to adjust the plan when there are new insights. These decisions formed the basis of a Dynamic Roadmap. An interesting side effect of our digital way of working is that improvements in our approach are directly available for all other clients using the FastLane platform.

Timing the deployment wisely can start a cost-effective deployment

“FastLane provided an overview across the entire portfolio of more than 50 buildings,” explains Thomas Verhoeven, Energy Transition Consultant at Royal HaskoningDHV. “The expert sessions add value by helping the university interpret the information, check aspects of the data collection, make well-founded assumptions where data is lacking and optimise decisions. By timing implementation wisely to combine with renovations, the university can save 10-20% on the cost of the sustainability measures.”

The roadmap identifies how the universities will reach their goal at the level of individual building and measure. It includes the ideal timing for each, taking into account renovations and natural replacement. It has the flexibility to respond to social developments, such as working from home and virtual lectures, technologies, market environments, legislation and innovations. With it, the University of Amsterdam has completed 80% of the work to comply with the Energy Efficiency Audit (EED) and Information Requirement (EML). 

“The universities in Amsterdam are at the forefront in the Netherlands with a practical plan to back up their climate change ambition,” adds Thomas. “They know the measures they need to take, the costs involved and have included them in their maintenance and investment plans.”
Fastlane has provided us with the foundation and flexibility to enable quick decision-making to achieve the climate goals

Rowan Boeters, Sustainability Programme Manager at the University of Amsterdam and the Applied University of Amsterdam

The number of natural replacements we can still make are scarce and may happen only once. The earlier you start, the more money you can save. Furthermore, we learned that: preparation and execution takes a lot of time and might need adjustments to existing internal decision making processes; the capacity and expertise needed for proper implementation of measures should not be underestimated; integration of sustainability with maintenance and projects pays off; and collaboration with users and integration with functional demands is necessary to achieve goals.”

Our advice gives the university a clear picture of what needs to be done. However, implementing measures can lead to adjustments. For example, renovation decisions may require a change to the real estate vision, or measures such as a timer on a boiler could translate into a discussion of whether the boiler is actually necessary. That’s where the dynamic nature of the plan adds value. The energy transition is complex and changing. It is useful to have a base point with concrete measures that can be added and adjusted along the way.
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