Practices

Energy Savings Scenarios 2050, a study commissioned by The Coalition for Energy Savings

This study was commissioned by The Coalition for Energy Savings as part of the project “Developing a 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision”. The project is financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).
As part of its internal reflection on the development of a 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision, the Coalition for Energy Savings has commissioned Fraunhofer ISI to assess the potential for energy savings by 2050 under...

EU energy market reports on 2018 third quarter

The European Commission’s latest reports on gas and electricity markets, which cover the third quarter of 2018, contains a wide range of data about supply and usage of electricity and gas in the EU.   The electricity market report...

NZEB: Concepts, frameworks and roadmap for project analysis and implementation

Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB): Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation provides readers with the elements they need to understand, combine and contextualize design decisions on Net Zero Energy Buildings...

Global warming of 1.5°C IPCC Special Report

The IPCC prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response options. The IPCC also produces Special Reports, which are an assessment on a specific issue and Methodology...
This report was presented by IPCC the 4th of December 2018 at Katowice’s COP 24   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Report_on_Global_Warming_of_1.5_%C2%B0C   An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-...

UKGBC Embodied Carbon – Client Brief

Practical guidance to enable built environment clients to begin requesting embodied carbon measurements and how to act on the results.  
With the increasingly successful reduction of operational energy (and thus carbon emissions) in the built environment, the industry’s next challenge is to reduce the carbon intensity of the structures themselves.   We know that clients...

Incorporating buildings actions in Nationally Determined Contributions: a guide from GABC

Incorporating fundable buildings sector Green House Gas (GHG) emission mitigation actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The buildings sector contributes nearly 40% to global energy-related annual GHG emissions (IEA/UNEP, 2018). Final energy demand from buildings is predicted to increase 50% by 2050 compared with 2015 levels under business as usual scenarios...

Set of Solutions for Affordable Zero Energy Buildings

Preliminary results for inclusion in the AZEB methodology.
This article summarizes all solutions collected through the European Project Affordable Zero Energy Buildings (AZEB) so far (april 2018). These solutions are the building blocks for the methodology to be developed within the project.  ...

Recognising energy efficiency in value properties: impact on financial accounting and auditing

Marco Koot is an accounting partner of Vanhier, a middle-sized accounting firm in the Netherlands.   Vanhier is participating in a project which is co-funded by the EU. This project, called REVALUE, aims to lead the development of...

The Embodied Carbon Review - Embodied carbon reduction in 100+ regulations and rating systems globally

Unique global review of the status quo of construction sector embodied carbon reduction approaches.   The Embodied Carbon Review reports the results of how embodied carbon, that is, the carbon emissions from construction materials, is...
The growth of global urban population drives unprecedented construction, resulting in embodied carbon emissions from new buildings alone to excess of 100 gigatons by 2060. If all construction activity, including infrastructure and...

On the Evolution and Application of the Thermal Network Method for Energy Assessments in Buildings

This paper describes the evolution of the thermal network and its applications for making simplified thermal models of buildings by means of thermal resistances (R) and capacitances (C). In the literature, there are several modelling...

Energy and thermal comfort management in a smart building facilitating a microgrid optimization

Efficient energy operation of microgrids that include a localized group of controllable loads with distributed energy resources (DERs) requires the development of energy management systems (EMSs) with the ability of controlling the loads...

Solar thermal and wind energy applications: Case study of a small Spanish village

The present work examines the supply of heating and electricity to the Spanish village of Uruena, using biomass and other local renewable sources as a result of the growing interest worldwide towards the development of sustainable and...

The adjacent walls effects in simplified thermal model of buildings

The thermal network method is a reliable approach to study the thermal performance of buildings. It is able to simulate the indoor temperature, heating and cooling loads by means of a set of ordinary differential equations. In this work, a...

Field performance analysis of IEEE 802.15.4 XBee for open field and urban environment applications in Smart Districts

This paper analyses the performance of the Xbee-PRO IEEE 802.15.4 (ZigBee protocol) based Wireless Area Network transmission component for urban environment, as part of the Smart City concept. This embedded solution was designed to provide...

Coupling Building Thermal Network and Control System, the First Step to Smart Buildings

Buildings are one of the main energy consumer and carbon emission sources in European countries. Population growth in cities may be effective for economic growth, but by considering overpopulated cities, making new efficient buildings and...

A scheduling optimization model for minimizing the energy demand of a building using electric vehicles and a micro-turbin

High energy demand in corporate and/or public buildings is nowadays one of the main reasons of excessive energy consumption.   At the same time, electric vehicles (EVs) have become very popular worldwide being a considerable alternative...

Building value: a pathway to circular construction finance

The transition to a Circular Economy requires innovative business models that stimulate optimised use of repairable products, reusable components and recycling of materials. A Community of Practice was established in which experts from...
This report collects findings and outcomes from an open learning environment which involved several workshops and thematic deep dives. As an in-depth study, the report provides a reference for building commissioners and real estate...

Residential Retrofits at district scale

InnoEnergy, IREC and AIGUASOL, have published the “Residential Retrofits at District Level” report. The study proposes “different business models for large-scale retrofitting of residential building stock in urban areas, including cost-...
European countries must thoroughly modernize their building stock. The EU directives envision raising the refurbishment rate to around 3%, representing an estimated 110 million buildings across the EU. However, several barriers exist that...

New briefing from BPIE: Policy Innovation for Building Renovation

Several countries and local authorities have introduced innovative policies and programmes to stimulate deep renovation and reduce the CO2 emissions of the building sector, yet a broad dissemination and application of these policies are...

The financing of renovation in the social housing sector

The renovation of social housing is the most obvious example of how environment and social justice considerations can be combined. Making renovation affordable for low-income social housing residents is the key question for social housing...
If one wants to have a short look back at how the European policymakers have dealt with the topic of renovation of housing over the last few years, 2010 would probably be a turning point. That year, on the one hand, the...