An intense and immersive session introducing the participants to a few success stories of Energy Efficiency achieved through incentivizing behavioral changes in the building occupants. The actual workshop will be preceded by a study visit to the premises of the Małopolska Laboratory of Energy Efficient Building (located in the city center at the Cracov University of Technology).

The term DSM (Demand Side Management) refers to the modification of consumer demand for energy through various methods such as financial incentives and behavioral change achieved through people’s education. Usually, the goal of DSM is to encourage the consumer to use less energy during peak hours, or move energy use to off-peak times such as nightly or during the weekends. More recently, a number of Living Lab inspired projects has successfully managed to introduce elements of Behavioral as well as Analytical DSM in the real life experience of energy efficiency in public buildings, namely wherever available budgets are insufficient to guarantee an effective retrofitting or there are different constraints (such as cultural heritage preservation rules) impeding to undertake an infrastructure renovation only approach to energy efficiency.

By Behavioral DSM we refer to management of individual energy behavior of building users, while Analytical DSM focuses on the actions that people can take to alter energy use as a result of data analysis and equipment monitoring. Concrete DSM impacts on energy bills will be documented and the perspective of reutilization of some of the tools and methods developed therein also in the concrete experience of the City of Krakow will be presented.

Workshop organisers:

Antonio Zonta: Director of the Buildings, Estates , and Public Procurement Department at Provincia di Treviso, Lead partner of the TOGETHER project. Civil Engineer, has developed a model of Energy Performance Contract for about one hundred school buildings, in which the change of users’ behaviour is considered, as well as technology, as an investment to reduce energy consumption.

Joelle Mastelic: Professor at HES-SO Valais-Wallis, Switzerland, involved in the Bellevue energy efficiency project.

Patrycia Plonka: project manager in the Association of Municipalities Polish Network “Energie Cités” (PNEC) involved as partner in Euronet 50/50, Euronet 50/50 Max and TOGETHER projects; trainer in the area of energy planning, management and saving, promoter of 50/50 methodology on the territory of Poland.

Marcin Furtak: the director of the Małopolska Laboratory of Energy Efficient Building. Graduated from Cracow University of Technology. Architect, author of more than 100 architectural and urban projects. Laureate of numerous competitions and building awards. Member of the Polish Committee for Standardization, expert of the Małopolska Region in the field of energy-saving construction and member of the Association of Landscape Architects.

Francesco Molinari: independent researcher and policy advisor. Acting communication manager of the Interreg CE project TOGETHER. Project Manager of Lunigiana Amica, 3rd wave member of ENoLL.

Related projects:

This workshop is linked to a local challenge at the Open Living Lab Days 2017 event, a visit to theMałopolska Laboratory of Energy Efficient Building on Wednesday afternoon:


Additionally, the workshop will present the experiences of the following projects:

– Green Schools & TOGETHER (Provincia di Treviso)

– Bellevue (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)

– Euronet 50/50, Euronet 50/50 Max & TOGETHER (PNEC)

– Małopolska Laboratory of Energy Efficient Building (MLBE)


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