energy use

The EPISCOPE project website was launched last month. More information about the project and in particular, focusing on building stock monitoring, is available on on the website. The overall strategic objective of the EPISCOPE project is to make the energy refurbishment processes in the European housing sector transparent and effective. This will help to ensure that the climate protection targets will actually be attained and that corrective or enhancement actions can be taken in due time, if necessary.
Post date: 20 Jan 2014
Type: News

This publication presents the main statistical findings from the 2010 Survey on Energy Consumption in Households which, through a collection of basic data on the energy consumption of the domestic sector in Portugal, resulted in widespread statistical data that allows for up to date information about consumption of the various sources of energy within this sector as well as its breakdown by final use (household heating and cooling, water heating, kitchen, etc.) and household expenditure related to energy consumption.
Post date: 8 Jan 2014
Type: Publication

In July 2009, Eurostat launched a first action (with grant) to develop detailed statistics on energy consumption in the household sector (SECH project). The immediate cause was the Regulation on Energy Statistics (1099/2008) that stipulates that the European Commission and European Member States need to develop better energy statistics related to renewable energy and energy consumption. In particular, it is necessary to carry out a review of the existing approaches at national level and implement data collections if needed.
Post date: 8 Jan 2014
Type: Publication

As a journalist working for the publication Nature, I am, finally, interested in examples of national interpretation of the EPBD directive such that EPCs measure actual energy use rather than being based on building design. Which is preferable and why? I am also interested in hearing about buildings energy ratings (such as LEED or Energy Star in the US - not buildings codes) that measure energy use. Should there be a Europe-wide scheme of this kind?
Post date: 20 Dec 2013
Type: Note

“One of the biggest challenges for our city planners and architects lies in the combination of high quality living space and high quality outdoor space with a high level of density” according to Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna. In a city with 1.757 million inhabitants, around 85% of the volume of the new homes constructed are social housing projects. These are subject to a competition to receive subsidies in order to encourage innovative architectural techniques and the preservation of the environment. In 2010, 20% to 30% of the new homes were built to passive house standards. 
Post date: 3 Dec 2013
Type: Case

Utility to provide US company's software allowing customers to compare energy use with similar households and receive energy-saving tips. E.On customers will be able to compare their energy use with similar households and receive tailored energy-saving tips after the utility partnered with US energy management software company Opower. The online Saving Energy Toolkit provides accurate data of home energy consumption including where and when energy is being used with a breakdown of costs and information on how they compare to other customers with similar homes in their local area...
Post date: 14 Oct 2013
Type: News

RESSEEPE will bring together design and decision making tools, innovative building fabric manufacturers and a strong demonstration programme to demonstrate the improved building performance through retrofitting. The core idea of the RESSEEPE project is to technically advance, adapt, demonstrate and assess a number of innovative retrofit technologies. Reductions in the area of 50% will be achieved in terms of energy consumption.
Post date: 13 Oct 2013
Type: Link

Net-zero energy building (NZEB) is thought to be the building of choice, but in practice, is also synonym to high investment cost. It is, therefore, very important to investigate if the amount of the additional capital investment could be recouped from the energy saving (or generation). The investigation is particularly meaningful for industrial halls for the great energy saving potential (with respect to the high energy demand) and the ready energy generation possibility (due to favourable building geometry).
Post date: 17 Sep 2013
Type: Publication

The ECA Steering Committee (coordinated and managed by the JRC/IHCP/PCE Unit) consists of 33 distinguished scientists from 15 EU countries States (plus Norway and Switzerland
Post date: 22 May 2013
Type: Link