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Towards an energy transition for public swimming pools

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As part of the energy transition of public buildings and more specifically swimming pools and aquatic centers, financial aid is offered to communities to renovate these structures. The objective: to build new equipment that is more respectful of the environment and to train technicians in this “green” transition.

Le Energy renovation plan for buildings, proposed by the government in 2017, is in line with the objective of carbon neutrality set for 2050. And the renovation of public buildings is part of this program. Indeed, at the national level, 45% of final energy consumption and 27% of greenhouse gas emissions concern the public buildings sector. And municipal swimming pools and aquatic centers top the most energy-consuming buildings.

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These structures consume a lot of water and energy, and also represent very significant costs for communities. Thus, 22% of the direct charges of public swimming pools are linked to their simple operating activity. To meet government, but also climate and local objectives, a rapid energy transition is necessary. Solutions therefore exist for help communities renovate their public swimming pools.

Aging aquatic equipment

French aquatic centers are increasingly aging. Indeed, pmore than 60% of French public swimming pools are over 30 years old, or more than 3 establishments.

Communities wishing to renovate their aquatic centers and swimming pools must respect the tertiary decree, resulting from the law ÉLAN (Evolution of Housing, Development and Digital) promulgated in 2018. This decree imposes a 40% reduction in energy consumption buildings for tertiary use with an area greater than 1 m2 from here 2030.

Faced with this environmental issue, several solutions exist to equip aquatic structures, such as lsolar thermal energy or the self-consumable biomass of the building. The swimming pool of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Alpes-Maritimes) has been renovated in this sense since the town hall has opted for a sustainable energy mix greater than 50%. These are thus 25 m2 of solar panels that have been installed. But also condensing boilers, 100% LED lighting and a very innovative air handling unit.

Financial aid to finance the renovation of public swimming pools

So that communities can afford such equipment, often very expensive, financial aid exists. With this in mind, the FNCCR (National Federation of Concession Authorities and Regies) has launched its new Act'Eau sub-program last March.

This initiative was implemented as a continuation of the ACTEE program (Actions of Territorial Communities for Energy Efficiency). It aims to provide financial assistance and support communities in their renovation and energy transition project.

Indeed, the program provides for financial aid for carrying out technical studies and AMO missions (Assistant to the contracting authority). The aim is to encourage communities to renovate their swimming pools. But also of finance the training of technical and administrative officers of these structures so that they acquire skills in this area.

The energy transition of public swimming pools and aquatic centers is now part of the challenges of communities. These now have energy innovations and financial aid to renovate these increasingly obsolete and energy-consuming structures.

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