People spend up to 90% of their lives indoors, so it is perhaps not surprising that the quality of the environment created has a significant impact on their health and well-being. What is perhaps even more surprising is that the indoor air quality of some buildings, including modern low energy buildings, has been shown to be poorer than urban outdoor air quality.
Post date: 20 Mar 2017
A range of breakthrough eco-building solutions which tackle the emerging problem of indoor air quality have been presented by the ECO-SEE project at the Ecobuild construction fair in London.
The solutions include novel insulation, coating and panel products which improve air quality by passively regulating humidity, capturing VOCs, and removing indoor organic pollutants through photocatalysis. External and internal wall panels have also been developed, in addition to design tools to support end users.
Post date: 16 Mar 2017
Buildings and settlements are nowadays increasingly expected to meet higher and potentially more complex levels of performance. They should be sustainable, use zero-net energy, be healthy and comfortable, grid-friendly, yet economical to build and maintain. Buildings are central to the EU‘s energy efficiency policy. Improving the energy performance of Europe‘s building stock is crucial, not only to achieve the EU‘s 2020 targets but also to meet the longer term objectives of the climate strategy as laid down in the low carbon economy roadmap 2050.
Post date: 28 Feb 2017
This is the fourth issue of the ZERO-PLUS (Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology) research project newsletter.
Post date: 31 Jan 2017
The Hellenic Passive House Institute and its Cyprus office organise the 1st Mediterranean Course and a Certification Exam for Passive House Designers, in Nicosia, Cyprus, in January 2017.
The course (duration: 70 hours), will be held by certified trainers at the ETEK (Technical Chamber of Cyprus) facilities in Nicosia, with the authorisation of the Passive House Institute (PHI).
Post date: 16 Dec 2016
By the end of 2015, a series of free postgraduate level training courses in Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) will begin around Europe.
These ‘Professional Energy Skills in NZEB’ courses aim to empower building professionals through the development of skills in energy efficiency and integration of renewables in the retrofit of existing housing stock.
The program is for EU engineers, architects and building manager professionals who are interested in energy efficiency applied to buildings.
Post date: 28 Nov 2016
Design of a monitoring framework for performance assessment during operation (D7.1) | ZERO-PLUS project
The monitoring and evaluation of the four settlements’ (Cyprus, France, Italy and the UK) performance is an essential part of the ZERO-PLUS project. To this end a monitoring and performance analysis platform is created.
Post date: 18 Nov 2016
Families across Europe are taking steps that will reduce their energy consumption by more than 3,000,000 kWh thanks to the work of the EU funded FIESTA project.
The project, coordinated by Area Science Park Trieste, has carried out more than 1,022 energy audits with families in five European countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Italy and Spain. The project includes five technical partners (one for each participating country) and 14 cities.
Post date: 2 Nov 2016
This is the second issue of the ZERO-PLUS (Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology) research project newsletter.
This issue includes information on the first ZERO-PLUS progress meeting that was held in March 2016 in Bergamo, Italy. In addition the newsletter includes information about a number of project research and dissemination activities:
Post date: 17 Oct 2016
This is the first issue of the ZERO-PLUS (Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology) research project newsletter.
The newsletter makes an introduction to the project and the four case studies, the innovative technologies considered and the project partners. This issue also includes information about the ZERO-PLUS kick-off meeting that was held in Nicosia, Cyprus on September 2015.
Post date: 17 Oct 2016