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Villa Girasole. Photo: fpa2.org[/caption]
Villa Girasole, headquarters of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, has reduced its power consumption dramatically over the last 12 years.
Between 2005 and 2017, the building’ power consumption ratio drop from 84 to 34.62 kWh/m2, a reduction of nearly 60 percent. This very encouraging result places this old building, constructed in 1882, in the category of buildings with high-energy efficiency.
Since 2011, Villa Girasole has benefited from a photovoltaic solar installation composed of 36 panels covering an area of 60m2 and producing nearly a quarter of its electricity needs.
The total improvement is explained by several factors: the increase in production of solar electricity, the installation of double-glazed windows that respect the architecture of the building, the insulation of the attic, repairs to the low-voltage switchboard and rational energy consumption.
The radical reduction in the old building’s energy footprint has been achieved with modest expenditures and contributes to the Principality’s transition to a low-carbon economy, essential for action against climate change and one of the main themes of the Prince Albert II Foundation.
On Friday, January 19, the Creation of a National Pact for energy transition in the Principality will be revealed. As a tool for progress consisting of a clear and legible charter and action plan, the National Pact will enable everyone – residents, workers, companies, institutions, associations – to contribute to Monaco’s energy transition.
In February 2017, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was certified ISO 50 001 for Energy Management.