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Financial viability of school retrofit projects for clients and ESCOs

Fennell, P; Ruyssevelt, P; Smith, AZP; (2016) Financial viability of school retrofit projects for clients and ESCOs. Building Research and Information , 44 (8) pp. 889-906. 10.1080/09613218.2015.1082779. Green open access

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Abstract

Published by Taylor & Francis. The energy performance contracting market is potentially substantial but very little work has been undertaken to understand the characteristics of successful projects. This study uses a probabilistic analysis of four hypothetical projects in the UK schools sector under the 2014 policy regime, combined with qualitative interviews with practitioners, to explore the conditions for a viable project. It finds that the proposed approach has the potential to allow more detailed exploration of project structures and scope for creating greater understanding of likely returns and the factors affecting them. Evidence is found that the use of deterministic risk screening techniques such as simple payback results in viable opportunities being overlooked. The risk profiles for clients and contractors (energy service companies – ESCOs) are not symmetrical and they will each find different projects more attractive. The results suggest that greater consideration needs to be given to the precise risk allocation between client and contractor to ensure that likely returns are properly understood. This study demonstrates a method for exploring project characteristics that can be used to understand their impacts on the financial returns for clients and contractors.

Type: Article
Title: Financial viability of school retrofit projects for clients and ESCOs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2015.1082779
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2015.1082779
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1488280
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