SmartSPIN contractual service: legal and market aspects


During the first six months of the project, Lawler Sustainability, supported by the members of the consortium, has carried out a research and review analysis on the legal aspects for the SmartSPIN contractual model.

Review analysis

A review analysis on the existing and potential challenges with legal and contractual aspects focused on legislations, regulations and market situations has been conducted for the target group of commercial rented sector buildings. In scope, the review study addresses the European Union perspective in general but focuses on the specific approaches for the three demonstration site countries of Ireland, Spain and Greece.


The main goal of reviewing the legal aspects is to outline the steps followed to address legal and contractual challenges and market situations and potentials while presenting new business models for the commercial rented sector. EU legislative documents, local legislations, review of existing situations and documents and feedbacks from the market experts are taken into consideration within this task.

Throughout this study, while addressing the split incentive issue and energy efficiency measures and legal aspects. The literature review has been conducted on

  • The issue studied in other research development projects:
  • The impact of the existing O&M contracts;
  • The impact of pre-existing tenancy agreements;
  • The impact of equipment warranties and technical requirements for demand response;
  • The impact of GDPR and data protection on smart metering;
  • The situation and plans on energy communities; and
  • P2P trading and the situation and plans on sub-metering of the tenants has been discussed.

Considering the regulations, incentives and applications, the markets are developing, and it is expected to see an accelerated growth in the markets to address such issues, according to the plans and scenarios of 2030 and 2050.