Practices

OVERVIEW | School buildings as leading examples of energy efficient renovation

Throughout the Recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) it is requested that “the public sector in each Member State should lead the way in the field of energy performance of buildings” and “buildings occupied by public...

OVERVIEW | Exemplary role of public buildings under the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

Obligations under Article 5 of the EED   Article 5 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED, Directive 2012/27/EU) complements the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, Directive 2010/31/EU) with respect to the renovation of...

OVERVIEW | Data tools supporting improved energy performance of buildings: Evolution and perspectives. Part 2 – Integrated Hardware and Software

The evolution of data tools that support improved energy performance of buildings follows the broader development of data management and processing, a field which has expanded rapidly in recent years. This article reviews the various types...

OVERVIEW | Selected international Examples of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings

Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD) indicates that EU Member States must ensure that by 2021 all new buildings, and already by 2019 all new public buildings, are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs). Article 2 of the EPBD defines the term NZEB as...

OVERVIEW | Energy Efficiency in Public, Cooperative and Social Housing within the context of the Energy Union

Housing and the EU Energy Union   The Energy Union is a strategy proposed by the European Commission and endorsed by Member States which aims to make energy policies more coherent in the EU, while contributing to the fight against...

OVERVIEW | Data tools supporting improved energy performance of buildings: Evolution and perspectives. Part 1 – Software

The evolution of data tools that are used to improve the energy performance of buildings follows the broader development of data management and processing, a field which has expanded rapidly in recent years. This article reviews the...

OVERVIEW | The elusive but all-important price of carbon

On 30/11/2015, the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC) will begin in Paris with high expectations. Within this context, the financial price assigned to CO2...

OVERVIEW | Quality and compliance issues in relation to the energy performance of buildings

Effective implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive in practice implies, among other things, high quality construction works such that a completed building’s energy performance is as planned. It also requires national...

OVERVIEW | Financing Schemes: Funds for an Energy Efficient Urban Environment (updated)

The BUILD UP Financing Schemes section aims to inform eligible beneficiaries, on new and existing funding opportunities in the field of buildings’ energy efficiency. Information relevant to anyone from public authorities to private...

OVERVIEW | BUILD UP’s guide to EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015

With its own stand and numerous events organised by its Partners, BUILD UP will be omnipresent at the upcoming EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 (EUSEW 2015). This article gives an overview of the activities of BUILD UP Partners during the...

OVERVIEW | The 2030 Energy-Climate Package: Lessons learned (or not) from 20-20-20

The much anticipated sequel to the 2020 climate and energy package was adopted in 2014 amid extensive discussion, and within an intense economic situation. The article explains the main provisions of the 2030 Energy and Climate Policy...

OVERVIEW | Impact of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives on HVAC products

Two European directives, the Ecodesign Directive and the Energy Labelling Directive, together with their accompanying regulations, are being implemented and will extensively modify the regulatory landscape for heating, ventilation and air...

OVERVIEW | Urban warming: Status, impacts and mitigation techniques

Urban warming has a very significant impact on human life: it increases energy consumption, reduces comfort levels, increases pollution concentration, threatens human health and affects the urban economy. Mitigation technologies aiming to...

OVERVIEW | The Proposed EU ETS Market Stability Reserve: Where are we now?

On 24 February, the Committee on Environment, Food Safety and Public Health (ENVI) of the European Parliament (EP) took a vote on the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) mechanism, a crucial issue as regards the functioning of the European...

OVERVIEW - BUILD UP Web Seminars: Learn From The Experts

BUILD UP provides free access to the latest ideas relating to energy efficiency in buildings. Through a series of regular web seminars, BUILD UP brings together academics and technical experts involved in low energy buildings. To optimise...

OVERVIEW - Superinsulating Materials: A New Era of Insulation Technologies

A new generation of insulating materials has emerged on the market during the last decade. The use of superinsulating materials (SIM) begins a new era of insulation technologies. To optimise your reading experience, download the .pdf...

OVERVIEW - Become Part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014!

The 9th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014 (EUSEW 2014) will take place in June. Launched in 2006 as a European Commission initiative, EUSEW has become Europe’s leading event on sustainable energy. It brings together energy...

OVERVIEW - National Programmes to Stimulate the Energy Efficiency Market

To ensure that the building sector can take full advantage of the opportunities Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs) present, EU Member States can step up their efforts by either creating optimal market conditions for renovation and/or by...

OVERVIEW - BUILD UP Skills: Initial Results on Training the Building Workforce

The large contribution expected from the building sector to the European 2020 energy objectives and the transition to a low carbon economy is a major challenge to the construction industry, which needs to deliver renovations offering a...

OVERVIEW - Local Actions for Better Buildings

Local authorities are increasingly taking action on climate change and working on the transition to a low carbon future. A growing number of cities and municipalities (as Climate Alliance members or the Covenant of Mayors signatories) are...