Iceland

Through the EEA and Norway Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway contribute to reducing disparities in Europe and to strengthening bilateral relations with 16 European countries in central and southern Europe. The three countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). 
Post date: 2 Apr 2013
Type: Link

The Solar Thermal Technology Panel (ESTTP) of the European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling (RHC-Platform) developed this document on promising research topics. Prepared with contribution from experts in the research, industry and public sectors across Europe, this document covers solar technologies for nearly-zero energy residential buildings, public and commercial buildings, district heating systems, industrial applications and solar assisted cooling systems. 
Post date: 1 Mar 2013
Type: News

This book discusses six environmental and three purely energy based certification systems along with four briefly discussed certification systems:• the British BREEAM Assessment Method• the US LEED Rating System• the German DGNB Certification System• the Australian Green Star Rating System• the Swedish Miljöbyggnad system• and the French HQE system• the European Green Building Programme• the Swiss Minergie Building Standard• and the German Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard• the Japanese CASBEE assessment system
Post date: 31 Jan 2013
Type: Publication

‘In 2011, for the first time, European investments in renewable energies were higher than for conventional fuels. Europe already produces over 3.8 GW from wind power alone!’ said Oettinger, adding that there would be ‘no sustainable economic growth without sustainable energy’. The Commissioner promised ‘more jobs in renewable energy, on top of the million we have already created’.
Post date: 30 Jan 2013
Type: News

Of particular relevance to BUILD UP:
Post date: 30 Jan 2013
Type: Publication

In the short term, many of the reductions in emissions will come from improved energy efficiency, but there are new incentives and co-ordination which is also proposed in the report. The report also mentions how Nordic countries will need to build on current policies.Of particular relevance to BUILD UP is chapter 6 of the report titled ¨Buildings¨.
Post date: 30 Jan 2013
Type: News

A number of common Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) models - shared savings and variable contract terms - are explained and a number of short case studies are outlined. It also illustrates the EPC procurement stages and identifies contractual considerations that are of particular relevance to public sector organisations.
Post date: 28 Jan 2013
Type: Publication

This Guide provides information on the structuring of EPCs for public buildings and refers to additional sources of good practice. Furthermore, the Guide is designed to help readers address the challenges of reducing the energy consumption and GHG emissions of public buildings while transferring project risks to the private sector. This includes Design, Build and Finance (“DBF”), and in some cases, Operation and Maintenance (“O&M”).
Post date: 28 Jan 2013
Type: Publication

One might ask why certify at all? The reasons vary from stronger branding with an environmental profile and ensuring a good indoor environment, to energy efficiency and “guaranteed” building quality leading to more tenants and higher occupancy rates which ultimately can give increased financial value of a building. All this leads to an important message which is to understand the certification systems and to be able to compare them on a good level.
Post date: 26 Jan 2013
Type: News