Group Van Roey, in cooperation with IFTech and Factor4, wants to take concrete steps in the direction of Technology as a Service (TaaS). Abroad, this has been a common concept for some time, but in Flanders it has yet to break through. We have the ambition to guarantee comfort in buildings in the most sustainable way possible, with a minimum use of energy. There is a need for solid parties who can guarantee that comfort at a guaranteed cost to the users. This is what we call Comfort as a Service (CaaS).
This concept requires far-reaching integration between all actors involved in the construction: designers, general contractors, installation companies, etc. Sustainable techniques often have a higher investment cost, but pay for themselves after a certain time.
Currently, we are still experiencing two system bottlenecks in the market. On the one hand, not all customers have the financial resources for this extra investment. On the other hand, installation companies and technology suppliers are not yet prepared to offer guarantees about technical returns. Furthermore, the end customer is often not relieved of the burden of managing these more complex technical installations.
Within this project, we want to try to solve these bottlenecks via a disruptive business model, in which we, as a private partner, enter into a clear result commitment. There are several possible avenues. With an energy volume guarantee, for example, we can guarantee a certain consumption under a normalised consumption pattern. A step further is to guarantee a certain quality of indoor climate. If financing is included, a separate financial vehicle will act as an Energy Service Company (ESCO).
Groep Van Roey
Partners IFTech NV, Factor 4
The Van Roey Group continues to focus on offering Comfort as a Service through DBME procedures. For developments, IFTech offers the option of offering part of the investment cost of sustainable technologies via an ESCO as standard. Factor4 is a pioneer in energy performance contracting, and continues to specialise in this area.