Start and end dates: 
January, 2011 to December, 2013
Prevailing Stage of Development: 
Brief description and/or other information regarding the project: 
The BECA project designed, developed and piloted new solutions to enable sustained reductions in energy consumption across European social housing. This was accomplished by providing usable ICT-based services for Energy Management (EMS) and Energy Decision Support Service (EDSS) directly to tenants as well as to social housing staff. The project achieved 15% savings for heating, 11% for cold water and 17% for hot water. Savings amount to 570MWh which equals 177 tons of CO2 per year. Financial pay-off is achieved by most stakeholders during the first 3 years. The socio-economic net benefit for the BECA project, extrapolated for ten years, amounts to €1.7Million in pilot buildings alone. BECA was deployed in seven pilots in seven countries across Europe, Eastern Europe in particular. More than 5,000 social housing tenants were given access to ICT services. 19 organisations participated including relevant government authorities and social housing providers, and coordinated by empirica. The project was supported financially by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme.
Project full name: 
Balanced European Conservation Approach – ICT services for resource saving in social housing
Project Main Application: 
Smart Network Management
Includes Smart metering
Demand Response
With Smart Homes
Includes Smart Metering
Energy Management, Energy Awareness and Decision Support