Energy and environmental centre Allgaeu (eza!)
eza!, the Energie- & Umweltzentrum Allgäu (energy & environmental centre Allgaeu) is a non-profit corporation that was founded by the municipalities of the Allgäu, by businesses and action groups to promote both energy efficiency and renewable energies. The motto of eza! is "answers to energy questions".
eza! offers a wide range of services. They include media work and organisation of events, energy consultations, training schemes for professionals and support for local and regional energy policies. eza! continuously follows the most recent developments in technology and the market in the fields of renewable energies and efficient use of energy, with a main focus on energy use in buildings.
Fields of Acitivities
events and media work
The Old Buildings Days are an important highlight in the yearly work of eza!. Every year since 2000, 10.000 visitors are counted during the event that offers an interesting program including 100 oral and practical presentations. Each time the 100 exhibitors report very high levels of interest among the visitors. The Passive House Days are a new annual information event for home builders and landlords about low energy houses and passive houses.
eza!'s core service is the field of energy consultations. In cooperation with the municipalities forty local offices and their unbiased experts provide information free of charge for the inhabitants of the Allgäu region.
More than 130 businesses in the building and energy industries, including architects, building contractors and craftsmen, belong to the eza!-partner Network. Each member of the network agrees to train its own energy specialist on the training days provided by eza! and to implement the quality assurance system provided by eza!.
eza! is well known as an further education institution for energy and building professionals. The most important parts of the education and training program are the "Energy Consultant Course" for craftsmen, the highly successful course "Energy Refurbishment of Buildings" for architects and engineers and the course for architects "design of passive houses". Seminars on different up-to-date topics complete the program.
energy program for municipalities
The main focus of the eza! energy program is to accompany and to advice municipalities. The program provides local authorities with comenergy managementprehensive support in all fields of energy policy in order to improve energy efficiency and to promote renewable energy sources. Successful municipalities will be honoured with the European Energy Award®.
eza! provides services in the field of energy management for buildings, facilities and plants in order to reduce their energy consumption. By monthly consumption controls and by optimisation of the user's behaviour eza! assists the facility owners – mostly local authorities – to reduce their energy costs. Additional consultation services facilitate investment decisions for new buildings or refurbishments.
The action program “climate protection – the Allgäu is acting” launched by the Allgäu Initiative aims at a general reduction of CO emissions in the Allgäu region. It focuses on the “Allgäu CO -diet” for consumers, municipalities, companies and initiatives. All participants have the additional opportunity to compensate their remaining greenhouse gas emissions by supporting climate protection projects in the Allgäu region.
MAIN GOALS OF THE CIVIC FOUNDATION
- to support sustainability measures, renewable energies and energy efficiency in politics, economy and private households in the Allgaeu Region
DEVELOPMENT OF THE FOUNDATION
Eza! Was founded 1998 by the municipalities of the Allgaeu.