ENSAMB is now finished

ENSAMB is now complete. The project was completed as planned on 30 October 2015 and detailed reports are made.

The project (which was established in 2010) had a target to save 20-25% energy in municipal buildings. It is implemented almost 1,000 different measures and invested over 140 million Norwegian kroner. Most measures have been implemented as part of EPC agreements, or «energy saving contracts», which was fairly new in Norway, but now are increasingly used. South Østerdal is thus a pioneer in this area.

The results by measurements / estimates shows that the municipalities have saved between 26 and 33% energy compared to the reference year! This represents a saving of over 15 million Norwegian kroner per. year, and providing an estimated reduction of emissions of 3 400 tons CO2e. This corresponds to the emission levels from 500 to 750 cars.

Our clients are both local authorities and the EU (EASME), so therefore, they both received reports tailored to the requirements they have set for reporting.

In addition, it prepared a report for publication, and it can be found here.

If you would like a paper copy, please contact alf.kristian@ensamb.no

Project results are presented to the Council / Presidency of the municipalities, and the feedback from there is satisfaction with the results achieved.



MLEI ENSAMB is a EU financed project through the IEE-program MLEI (mobilising local energy investments). The project started in june 2012 and will last for three years.

ENSAMB is a cooperation between a grouping of 5 small municipalities in rural areas of Norway (Elverum, Engerdal, Stor-Elvdal and Åmot) that are planning to achieve at least 25% energy savings in all their 120 municipal buildings, representing 11 GWh/year and a foreseen investment of 11,25 m€. The Regional Council for South Østerdal organises a part of the energy work in the municipalities, who have also signed the Covenant of Mayors and have a goal of saving up to 25% in municipal buildings in the adopted Energy and Climate Plans.

The project includes activities that ensure a good utilization of the local financial and human resources, and that leads to that action will be implemented. The main reason for this is that we want to use EPC (Energy Savings Contracts) as a work tool for most measures.

Investments will be bundled into 5 packages:

  • EPC for most of the buildings belonging to Elverum Municipality
  • EPC (similar) for Engerdal, Stor-Elvdal, Trysil and Åmot Municipality.
  • Conventional implementation of measures for buildings belonging to the Hedmark County.
  • Conventional implementation of measures in the remaining buildings belonging to the municipalities.
  • Integrated project, ie the energy saving part of buildings undergoing a major upgrade.

Activities for each bundle will include: Analysis, Preparatory work, inquiry, evaluation, negotiation and contract.

The project also includes training for operating personnel, and documentation for copying and motivation for other similar players / organizations.


We signed contract for the first phase (analysis phase) in the EPC for the 4 municipalities Trysil, Engerdal, Åmot and Stor-Elvdal with Norsk Enøk og Energi (NEE). The analysis for the buildings were finished in May 2013. The realization phase started in 2014, and we are now in the beginning of phase 3 (the warranty period).

Some key numbers:

  • The contract includes 71 buildings with total area on about 115.000 m²
  • Estimated energy savings is about 26 % that represent more then 6 MNOK/year.
  • The total investment will be approximately 30 million
  • The first phase (analysis phase) with NEE has a value of approximately NOK 600,000

Elverum is started  the warranty period in January 2014. And they saved 20 % energy in 2014.


Power point presentation that was held during the ManageEnergy 2012 in Brussel: Power Point.

Power Piont from 2015: Power Point 2015

The fact sheet of the project: Fact sheet