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Making our homes greener and more energy efficient is crucial if Europe is to realise its environmental targets and ambitions. But securing financial fuel to retrofit existing properties is tough, with investors often wanting to inject their cash into projects that deliver relatively quick returns.   Just because your home was built in the 1950s or 60s doesn’t mean it can’t be green. Retrofitting – the process of modernising properties using the latest technologies – can save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.  
Post date: 7 Aug 2017
Type: News

Forward-looking socio-economic research on Energy Efficiency in EU countries     HERON, a Horizon 2020 project, aims at facilitating policy makers of multi-level governance in EU to develop and monitor energy efficiency policies in building and transport sectors, through forward-looking socio-economic research in seven EU and one candidate countries.   The project's objectives are:  
Post date: 7 Aug 2017
Type: Link

Eco-innovative, Safe and Energy Efficient wall panels and materials for a healthier indoor environment     The ECO-SEE project aims to address an emerging health problem associated with modern low carbon buildings. Modern buildings have been developed to be very airtight, improving their energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint. However, these sealed environments have created unexpected side effects, with research showing that a build-up of potentially harmful chemicals in the air is potentially causing negative impacts on occupants.
Post date: 13 Jul 2017
Type: Link

The Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities programme (IEA EBC) approved the “IEA-EBC Annex 67: Energy Flexible Buildings” in 2014. The project will run till 2019.   The objectives of the project are to:  
Post date: 4 Jul 2017
Type: Link

by Peter Wouters (INIVE eeig), Malcolm Orme (IEA-EBC)  
Post date: 4 Jul 2017
Type: News

A radical approach to using natural construction materials at scale     The ISOBIO project proposes an innovative strategy to bring bio-based construction materials into the mainstream.   A key innovation consists of the use of pre-treated bio-based aggregates for construction, which include insulation materials, hygrothermal and moisture buffering materials, binders, sol-gel and resins.     Objectives  
Post date: 28 Jun 2017
Type: Link

The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has announced that it is relaunching the Green Deal scheme and Green Deal loans, since its funding end in July, 2015. This first announcement is a “soft launch”- the company hopes to extend finance offers across a wider number of Green Deal Providers over the coming months- ahead of the full launch to come later this year.  
Post date: 26 Jun 2017
Type: News

The Student Switch Off (SSO) campaign is an inter-dormitory energy-saving competition that has been running in the United Kingdom since 2006. Over the academic years 2014-15 and 2015-16 the campaign was adapted and run in Lithuania, Greece, Sweden and Cyprus in the frame of the IEE project SAVES. Through a series of engagement activities and instruments students were enabled, empowered and motivated to save energy in their dormitories by adopting specific actions such as switching off appliances when not in use.  
Post date: 8 Jun 2017
Type: News

URBAN GreenUP is a project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Under the coordination of CARTIF Technology Centre, 25 partners from 9 countries are working together to develop a new strategy for re-naturing cities through Nature-Based Solutions. Activities will take place in the three demonstrator cities of Valladolid (Spain), Liverpool (UK) and Izmir (Turkey) and will be replicated across Europe, Latin America and Asia. The project was officially launched in Valladolid on 7th June.  
Post date: 8 Jun 2017
Type: News

King’s Lodge, in the English county of Wiltshire, has 96 solar panels producing around 20,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a year. The school is one of 19 in the UK that joined a project which attracted 770-thousand-euros of crowdfunding   EU Green Week is urging us to think about the environment, as governments face pressure to boost renewable energy sources.  
Post date: 8 Jun 2017
Type: Link