¿Why do we use models for energy efficiency development?
All models, communication tools, and media used and practiced in the field of energy efficiency arena are (ought to be) devoted to the facilitation of related decission making processes, usually in a complex environment.
Due to the soft nature of the energy processes and the conceptual background of energy efficiency and its related interactions with the physical and social environment, it is becoming more and more usual the use of visual tools, graphs, 3D models, data modelling, and IT platforms enabling a greater and clearer picture, thus facilitating the interaction among different stakeholders.
Communicating the modelling concept
In its basic structure it remains the original challenge of connecting passive structures (i.e. buildings), energy flows, information management, materials (products and energy carriers), and dynamics either phisical (logistics, mobility) or social (more precisely approached as transitional processes).
The Risk of Feeling Global while becoming more Local:
In coallition with an increasing use ot IT and technical means and tools, it arises the need of an appropriate methodology that conveys all this innovative potential into the embedded social structure as a guarantee that the change management process already delivers in positive effective results while minimizing undesired side effects like that of getting trapped in the app tools, or lacking grip with social layers.
Application of models in the Local Energy Planning that contributes to deliver a steady learning process in which the skilled use of precise models facilitates a developing effect based on a qualitative integration of different knowledge areas, technics and addaptative engagement of interested parties.
The continuos and evolving results of such abstract processes need to be well track and connected with a fact based experienced in the practical arena: lower costs for users, higher confort, quality of life (noise reduction, less annoying odours, thermal confort, improved mobility and energy services…), and better relationshiop with service providers, all of them aiming to secure a lasting support to long term energy efficiency initiatives related to but safely decoupled from policy decisions and actions. At the same time the risk of excess in simplicity must be prevented by continuosly building credibility on the overall steering process.