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H2020 Project Development Assistance and finance for sustainable energy

Horizon 2020 new funding opportunities for 2016   The Energy Efficiency call for proposals of the European programme Horizon 2020 supports the implementation of the EU's energy and climate policies. In this context,...

Renew School project: Video and survey on innovative schools renovation

Video and survey on innovative schools renovation with prefabricated wooden elements   In the framework of the RENEW SCHOOL research project (www.renew-school.eu) a video has been developed to show successful examples of...

BUILD UP Press Release: New report analyses implementation of EPBD

Today, 29/04/2016, the Concerted Action EPBD releases its 2016 report "Implementing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) – Featuring Country Reports." It analyses and compares implementation of the Directive across...

Implementing the EPBD – Featuring Country Reports by Concerted Action EPBD

The Concerted Action on the Energy Performance of Bulidings Directive (EPBD) has launched the full 2016 book assessing the status of EPBD implementation across the 28 EU Member States and Europe.    The book is structured in two parts....

Commission requests DENMARK to fully transpose the EU Energy Efficiency Directive

On 28 April 2916, in the context of the April infringements' package, the European Commission requested Denmark to ensure the full translation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (Directive 2012/27/EU) into national law.   Under this...

Getting ready for a nearly Zero Energy future; PROF/TRAC project

Training, skills and qualification for building professionals   The PROF/TRAC project offers an Open Training Platform and Qualification scheme for Continuing Professional Development, boosting the...

Ambitious EU country plans encouraged to meet the Paris Agreement

European countries urged to create ambitious plans for cutting emissions from buildings to meet Paris Agreement   Governments, businesses, consumer groups and NGOs across Europe are being urged to come together to create...

ASHRAE: New research outlines 30 measures toward NZEBs

  A new research funded by ASHRAE shows that the application of 30 specific energy saving measures across all building types and climate zones resulted in cutting energy use by nearly half.   ASHRAE 1651-Research Project, “...

ASHRAE publishes 2016 IAQ Standard

  On 18 April 2016, ASHRAE announced the release of the latest version of Standard 62.1. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2016, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for...

Healthy Homes Event: Presentations now available

On April 20th, Vice –President of ITRE Committee Vice-President Morten Helveg Petersen hosted an event at the European Parliament on EPBD Revision.   The breakfast event addressed the best manner to ensure energy...

PROBIS project: open tender launched for public procurement Borlänge, Sweden

Open tender for building installation works - Stora Tunabyggen AB Sweden   Stora Tunabyggen AB, the housing company of the City of Börlange, Sweden, has launched an open tender for construction works ranged between 800,...

Paris Agreement signing ceremony: EU calls for swift ratification

On 22 April 2016 –the International Mother Earth Day– representatives of more than 170 countries endorsed the Paris Agreement to cut carbon emissions. The high-level signing ceremony, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, took...

New Healthy Homes study: energy efficient while ensuring a healthy indoor climate

Unhealthy homes cause illness, flu-like symptoms and fatigue among Europeans   Large numbers of Europeans suffer from health problems and lack of well-being every single day. This is bad for quality of life and is also a...

World GBC & EBRD collaborate to support sustainable property development

On 20 April 2016, the World Green Building Council’s Europe Regional Network and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in support of sustainable property development.   The...

Green Building & City Solutions Awards: get ready now

On the 10th of May, 2016, the fourth edition of the competition organized by Construction21 will be launched, showcasing beautiful sustainable construction and urban achievements in perspective. As the launch of the competion grows near,...

New Investor Network Aims to Close the Gap on Energy Efficiency Financing

Financiers of energy efficiency projects are joining forces with the launch of a new Investor Network to drive demand in the marketplace. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, the Investor Confidence Project (ICP)...

Close to 5,000 students register for the International VELUX Award 2016

The International VELUX Award 2016 for Students of Architecture has seen a remarkable number of registrations for this year’s student competition, which challenges students from around the world to work with daylight in architecture. With...

New research identifies retrofits with biggest impact on cities’ carbon emissions

According to a new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), retrofitting a small portion of buildings would have big impact on the carbon emissions of cities.   The study, reported in the journal Interface,...

EC invests €8.7 million in 189 innovative businesses

  On 21 April 2016, the European Commission announced that 189 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from 26 countries have been selected for funding in the latest round of Horizon2020 SME Instrument, for Phase 1. The funding – €8.7...

San Francisco requires new construction to install solar panels on building roofs

Starting from January 2017, all new buildings under 10 floors height in San Francisco will be fitted with rooftop solar panels. The new ordinance, passed by the city's Board of Supervisors, builds on an existing Californian state law...