Belgian energy service company launches heating and cooling subscription

Buildings account for approximately 30% of the global CO2 emissions. Reducing these emissions requires an optimisation of our energy use. A Belgian Energy Service Company wants to tackle this in an affordable way by supplying sustainable heating and cooling via a subscription formula. ‘Comfort as a Service’ will be applied for the first time in the first gas-free neighbourhood in the Belgian town of Diest.

High investment cost is a stumbling block

Today, there are numerous sustainable solutions for ensuring a more efficient use of energy in new building and renovation projects. Think of geothermal energy, heat pumps, etc. However, the high investment cost is a stumbling block for many home owners, so they often opt for the cheaper – and polluting – solutions with fossil fuels. Alternative solutions do exist, but they are rarely used, require professional know-how and remain a large investment.

‘Comfort as a Service’

With ‘comfort as a service’, the Belgian service provider ComTIS Energy wants to relieve owners of these large expenses. The company bears the high costs associated with the installation and will manage it in order to guarantee the supply of sustainable heating or cooling. Residents pay via a monthly contribution according to their consumption.
Crucial here is the proper estimation of the predicted savings in terms of energy consumption and maintenance over a long period. For a new building, ComTIS Energy makes an estimate, for renovation projects, owners can compare this to their current costs.

Gas-free neighbourhood in Diest (Belgium). Source: Cores Development.

Gas-free neighourhood

Property developer Cores is the first to apply the formula. In the first gas-free neighbourhood in Diest (Belgium), which is being developed in collaboration with Vanhout Projects, the heating will be supplied to the De Tuilerie housing project via a BEO (borehole energy storage) field and solar panels. ComTIS Energy will organise the supply for 15 years.

Heat supply via a BEO field. Demand for cooling (left) and heating (right).
Source: Cores Development.

Written by: editors Smart City Hub.

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