Energy efficient renovations of apartment blocks in multi-ownership are difficult to realise, mostly because of difficult decision taking and other legal and financial boundaries. The LEAF Technical Toolkit enables organisations to identify and understand appropriate energy improvements for apartment blocks. This includes estimated costs and savings from measures, and potential subsidies. It also contains advice on the impact of resident behaviour, and how energy saving behaviour can be promoted.
The technical toolkit offers guidance on the following topics:
Post date: 21 Jul 2015
In the processes of building renovations, building owners will not only look for pertinent information but also evaluate the different alternatives that are available to them.
Post date: 9 Jul 2015
GreenspaceLive Ltd. is an e-startup based in the Isle of Lewis and it has developed some of the most innovative online BIM technology available today along with gEnergy, a powerful new building simulation engine for the cloud, and gModeller, a rich BIM enabler plugin for SketchUp.
Post date: 9 Jul 2015
New analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings of national reports on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) reveals that central governments have not shown leadership in ending the waste of energy in their own buildings.
Post date: 22 May 2015
People do not seek urban regeneration. This is because they do not see it as a necessity.Miguel Ángel García is an architect and expert in energy efficient buildings and cities at the CARTIF Technology Centre, an applied research institute, located in Valladolid, Spain. He is also the coordinator of the European REMOURBAN project, which will be completed in 2020. It aims to have developed a sustainable and replicable urban regeneration model. To do so, the project is focusing on three showcase districts in the cities of Valladolid, Spain, Nottingham, UK, and Eskisehir, Turkey.
Post date: 6 May 2015
Individual EU Member States are to follow distinctive paths in meeting their obligations under the Renewable Energy Directive (including their legally binding 2020 targets) in accordance with their different available resources and their own unique energy markets. Their national renewable energy (RES) action plans map out these distinctive paths, covering:
Post date: 3 May 2015
The Low Energy Apartment Futures (LEAF) project developed a set of resources to support stakeholders such as building managers, housing associations, local authorities/municipalities, energy agencies, charities, residents’ associations and private landlords to improve the energy efficiency of apartment blocks. This set consists of a technical toolkit and an engagement toolkit, designed to be used together as a step-by-step guide to retrofit.
The Technical Toolkit
Post date: 28 Apr 2015
On 13 April 2015 step 1 of the first call for proposals of the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme closed. 620 light applications have been received. Up to 80 million Euros of co-financing are available for public and private organisations that want to cooperate beyond borders on innovation, low-carbon strategies, natural and cultural resources or transport through this Programme. The co-financing rates available are up to 85 percent depending on the country of origin of applicants.
Post date: 16 Apr 2015
The European Commission is referring Hungary to the Court for failing to transpose the Energy Efficiency Directive. Under this directive EU Member States must meet certain energy savings targets from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2020. They have to do this by using energy efficiency obligations schemes or other targeted policy measures to drive energy efficiency improvements in households, buildings, industry and transport sectors. Member States had to transpose the obligations of the Directive by 5 June 2014.Other requirements include:
Post date: 13 Apr 2015
17 February, 2015. The European project REMOURBAN held its kick-off meeting in Valladolid, Spain. It marks the first step towards producing a model for turning our towns and cities into smart urban spaces for the future. Five cities, five countries, the same drive to integrate infrastructure and future-proof their urban spaces against a backdrop of environmental challenges that go well beyond their municipal boundaries.
Post date: 25 Mar 2015