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Construction Industry and Material Producers join forces for better standardisation

On 13 June 2016, the representatives of three European construction sector associations (the Construction Products Europe - CPE, the European Builders Confederation - EBC, and the European Construction Industry Federation -  FIEC) joined...

FEDARENE announces the winner for Roger Léron Award 2016

On 15 June 2016, the European Federation of Agencies and Regions for Energy and the Environment (FEDARENE) handed over the trophy of the 2nd edition of its Roger Léron Award at the ceremony that took place at the Palace of the Academies,...

Launch of the largest global coalition of cities to fight climate change

On 22 June 2016, the world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, announced the formation of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, a new, first-...

The GBCS Awards and building responsibly: an interview with a 2015 winner

Nikolaï Bersenev: "The GBCS Awards stand out by their eco-responsible approach"   Nikolaï Bersenev is a Group H architect. The Refuge du Goûter won the Users’ choice award in 2015. The project was noticed and rewarded for...

European NGOs release Energy Efficiency First guides for policy makers

  A number of European NGOs have published two guides on the Energy Efficiency First principle: one explaining what it means and the other what governance structure is needed to realise it.   “Efficiency First” (E1st) is the fundamental...

IEA-EBC approves 5-year extension period for AIVC (2017 - 2021)

On June 9, 2016 the executive committee of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technical Collaboration Programme Buildings and Communities (EBC TCP), previously called the implementing agreement on Buildings and Communities, approved a 5...

Boosting cooperation between cities to fight climate change

Mayors of cities in Europe and its Mediterranean neighbourhood have committed to acting together to ensure the transition to a more energy-efficient model based on the use of renewables and the reduction of CO2 emissions  ...

#GBCS Awards 2016: We have our first candidates!

The Green Building & City Solutions Awards 2016 edition is going to be awesome! Construction21 already knows its first candidates, with widely innovative profiles in terms of sustainable construction. Each case study presents original...

Smartseille, a new living space for Marseille

In the 15th district of Marseille, the new eco-neighborhood Allar settles. The first batch is being delivered and completion is scheduled for 2018. Built on Arenc industrial wasteland, this development is the result of a reflection that...

The Start2Act project: linking workplace behavioural change to energy efficiency

The H2020 project, START2ACT, aims to reduce residential energy consumption in the EU via changing the behaviour of consumers in their everyday lives by approaching them at their workplace.   With a focus on...

Clean Energy Ministerial Secretariat finds new home at the IEA

On 15 June 2016, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced that a new, multilateral Secretariat for the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) will be established at the IEA later this year. The decision follows CEM members selecting the IEA...

Three ASHRAE Professional Certifications Earn ANSI Accreditation

On 15 June 2016, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced that three ASHRAE certifications have received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), joining...

France releases decree to improve noise comfort in homes

Noise pollution within the home is a predicament which affects the inhabitants of cities in France and is becoming a growing concern for environmental health.   A decree of the law of energy transition, published June 16, 2016 aims for a...

ICP Europe: Index of European National Renovation Standards and Best Practices now available

  On 3 June 2016, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe Technical Team announced that it has completed the first collection of the best practices and standards used on building energy renovation projects across Europe. The ICP...

Retrofit technology & initiatives get grilled at BBQ meet up in Lund, Sweden

CITyFiED demonstration site in Lund, Sweden continues citizen engagement initiatives with afternoon BBQ and discussions about energy savings and local energy production. The event featured as a European Union ‘Energy day’...

Launch of the nZEB Tracker, a ZEBRA2020 tool

This new tool tracks the market uptake of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) in Europe. It is a Wiki-tool to dynamically assess and visualise defined criteria of the national nZEB markets and to aggregate the results on national and EU...

Saving energy through a user-friendly experience

The ingredients of good user experience of highly energy efficient buildings: a pinch of empowerment and a sprinkling of knowledge about the building’s features   Living or working in high energy-efficient buildings can be a...

The winners of the EU Sustainable Energy Awards are announced!

  The winners of the EUSEW annual Awards for innovative energy projects were announced during the Awards Ceremony that took place on 14 June 2016, in Brussels, Belgium, in the context or the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2016...

EuroACE EPBD Workshops - Summary Booklet published for EUSEW 2016!

2016 is an important year for energy efficiency legislation at EU level, with the upcoming revisions of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) which will shape the way energy...

New EC factsheet on the Investment Plan for Europe and Energy

  On 14 June 2016, the European Commission released a factsheet on the Investment Plan for Europe and Energy. Eighteen months after President Jean-Claude Juncker launched the Investment Plan for Europe, and a year after the start of the...