Innovations to Improve Energy Efficiency in Buildings

31 december 2019

The Moscow Department of Labor and Social Security, Moscow Department of Public Utilities and Amenities, and Moscow Agency of Innovations are announcing an open challenge to seek new solutions and technologies to improve the energy efficiency of government-owned buildings.


As one of the world's largest cities, Moscow has adopted the principles of sustainable development. One of these principles is to improve energy efficiency and implement energy efficient technologies in the city's infrastructure. The scale and structure of industrial production in Moscow determine the need for carrying out a range of organizational and technical measures for the introduction of energy saving technologies.


Moscow's territorial and specialist authorities are already implementing the following measures to enable the efficient use of water and energy resources in local government-owned buildings:


•   enhancing internal lighting systems with LED lamps and motion sensors;

•   repairing in-house engineering systems and upgrading them with energy efficient equipment;

•   installing efficient water dispensing equipment;

•   installing automated heat supply management systems controlled by weather data;

•   installing heat-reflective screens behind radiators;

•   closing the thermal envelope, insulating windows/doors, insulating attic and basement ceilings, installing energy efficient insulating glass units, replacing entrance doors, and sealing inter-panel joints;

•   calibrating, balancing and cleaning heat supply systems;

•   replacing, repairing and insulating central heating pipelines, etc.


However, as experience shows, additional measures are necessary to unlock Moscow's energy saving potential and comply with the federal and regional energy efficiency regulations. The existing energy efficiency situation requires immediate action. A significant share of identified challenges comes from the use of worn out and outdated equipment. Upgrading the power supply systems and implementing innovative energy efficient engineering systems are among the city's priorities.


Switching to best-in-class equipment and lighting devices, adopting energy metering solutions en masse, upgrading buildings and improving their insulation levels, and retrofitting engineering systems are some of the measures to facilitate the required change.


The Moscow Department of Labor and Social Security is the managing entity for more than 150 government-owned buildings requiring major improvements with regards to energy consumption and efficiency.


The goal of this open challenge is to seek innovative solutions to enable greater energy efficiency in organizations governed by the Moscow Department of Labor and Social Security.


All solutions (completely new or upgraded products, equipment and/or technologies) submitted to the challenge must include a detailed description of their operating principles, existing or anticipated limitations, implementation prerequisites, and resource requirements.


Open Challenges Program Eligibility Profile:

Eligible for participation in the program are legal entities registered in the Russian Federation or other countries. Foreign legal entities must have a representative office in the Russian Federation. The said entities must be either involved in technology R&D or have exclusive rights for the manufacturing and/or delivery of the submitted innovative solution.


Additionally, participation in the program is open to unincorporated research teams, individual scientists and inventors from Russia and other countries. Their submissions will undergo expert evaluation. However, due to regulatory restrictions, they will not be considered for piloting in Moscow.


Innovative solutions submitted to the challenge can be:

  1. New solutions and technologies the likes of which haven't been used in Moscow;


new solutions and technologies that perform better than rivals in terms of specific capabilities or functionalities.


  1. Ready-to-use solutions;


projects at early stages of development (ideas, prototypes, functioning prototypes).


Solutions can be presented as hardware, software or integrated solutions.


Advantages for entrants:


• an opportunity to run a pilot project in Moscow using the city's infrastructure (at this stage, equipment for testing purposes should be provided free of charge for a period of time agreed by the parties);


• an opportunity to use Moscow's innovation infrastructure facilities on privileged terms for further business development activities


Submissions will be evaluated by a dedicated jury comprised of representatives of the Moscow Department of Labor and Social Security, Moscow Department of Public Utilities and Amenities,  Moscow Agency of Innovations, other executive authorities, and industry organizations.


Thanks to the Open Challenges program, local authorities have a chance to source the most viable and cost-effective solutions to meet the city's needs. In their turn, innovative entrepreneurs can showcase their capabilities, products and technologies to potential customers represented by government departments and large state corporations.