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ASHRAE Standard to provide unity in rating systems open for public comment

Several proposed changes to ASHRAE Standard 214P that will address energy performance in rating programmes are now open for public comment.   ASHRAE Standard 214P, Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance...

eu.bac's Energy Efficiency Dialogues: Making buildings smart - Summary & photos available

On July 12, 2016 the European Building Automation and Controls Association (EU.BAC) organised a debate and networking cocktail aiming to:   help create better clarity on the terminology of 'Smart Building'; look at EU's current policy...

International Energy Agency presents new data about the market share of renewable energy

According to data recently released by the International Energy Agency (IEA), between 2013 and 2014, the world production of renewable energy grew by 2.6% representing around 1/7 of the total Primary Energy Supply (TPES) of 13,700 Mtoe...

Energy Toolkit for Buildings presents show cases of energy efficient design and renewable technologies to the Olympic city Rio de Janeiro

The project "Energy Toolkit for Buildings – Rio de Janeiro" promotes renewable energy systems (solar energy, wind, trigeneration, biofuels, cooling heat pumps, air con water heating) and possibilities of energy efficient design (use of...

Übersicht über Energieeffizienz-Förderprogramme für Unternehmen

Die Initiative Energieeffizienz-Netzwerke hat eine Übersicht zu möglichen Förderprogrammen für Unternehmen erstellt. Diese beinhaltet Programme zur Förderung von Beratungen, Energiemanagement, Technologien und weitere Programme.   Die...

EC launches two financial instruments to boost investments in start-ups, SMEs and sustainable urban development

On 11 July 2016, the European Commission adopted two new "ready-to-use" financial instruments for European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds investments, to ease access to funding for young businesses and urban development project...

Dena präsentiert die Sanierungshelden 2016

Im Februar diesen Jahres hat die Deutsche Energie-Agentur dena „Sanierungshelden“ mit interessanten Geschichten hinter einer Gebäudesanierung gesucht.  Jetzt stehen die Gewinner des Wettbewerbs fest.    Die prämierten Geschichten können...

Austrian Energy Agency receives ISO certificate for training activities in energy efficiency

The Austrian Energy Agency received the ISO 29990:2010 certificate for their training activities in the sectors energy efficiency, renewable energies and new technologies. The certificate was received for the introduced quality management...

UK Government starts "central heating for cities" scheme to reduce energy bills

The UK government has announced that ₤320 million will be invested over the next 5 years in schemes to support (local) district heat networks in cities. Heat networks are already used widely across Scandinavian cities to ensure space...

Germany starts new promotion programmes for the optimisation of heating systems and heating with fuel cells

On August 1, 2016 the Federal German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched two new promotion programmes concerning high efficient heat pumps, hydraulic calibration of heat distribution systems and the use of fuel cells for...

Deutschland startet neue Förderprogramme zur Heizungsoptimierung und für Brennstoffzellen-Heizungen

Am 1. August 2016 hat das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie zwei neue Förderprogramme für die Energiewende im Heizungskeller gestartet: Das Förderprogramm zur Heizungsoptimierung durch hocheffiziente Heizungspumpen und...

CHESS SETUP project kickoff: on the way to a building´s energy self-sufficiency

CHESS SETUP, a European project seeking buildings’ energy self-sufficiency   Low temperature thermal demand (Domestic Hot Water and heating) is worth 50% of the apartment buildings’ needs. A new European project looks...

Commission publishes report on Member States' progress in reaching cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements

On 29 July 2016, the European Commission published its report to the European Parliament and the Council on the progress achieved by EU Member States (MS) in reaching cost-optimal levels of minimum energy performance requirements for new...

Energy renovation funding for 6,000 houses in Riga municipality

6,000 houses from Riga should benefit from funding for energy renovation   The municipality of Riga has created a revolving fund linked to a soft loan scheme which will provide loans at a low interest...

European Commission publishes recommendations on NZEBs

On 29 July 2016, the European Commission published its guidelines for the promotion of nZEBs and best practices to ensure that, by 2020, all new buildings are nZEBs.   The document urges Member States to follow recommendations on the...

Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards - Deadline 16 September 2016

The French Environment & Energy Management Agency (ADEME), with the support of its Mediterranean partners, has launched the 1st edition of the Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards, a competition to promote personal actions...

PROBIS project invites buyers to join its Sustainable Construction Interest Group

Public procurers and others interested in the sustainable construction sector are invited to join the Sustainable Construction Interest Group, to discuss and learn more about recent developments in the sector. The PROBIS...

European regions unite to strengthen push for low carbon innovation

Following a competitive call and selection process in May and June, Climate-KIC has announced it is expanding its climate innovation network to include five additional regions across Europe. The new consortia came together...

European Week of Regions and Cities 2016: upcoming OPEN DAYS workshop on energy investment

How to aggregate small energy investments into a large regional project?   Organisers: Regions for simplification Venue: Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors, Room 62 Date: 13th of October 2016 Speakers and chair(s): Mr. Togonal Mislav...

Green Building Councils & cities join forces to boost building energy efficiency

Green Building Councils are joining forces with leading cities around the world to dramatically ramp up energy efficiency in buildings, under a new partnership between the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) and the World Resources...