Building operation, monitoring, energy management

QUALICHeCK FACT SHEET #07: Building airtightness in France

 

Regulatory context, control procedures, results

 

Since 2006, there has been a significant reward in the French energy regulations for good airtightness, which has been combined with a minimum requirement for residential buildings in the 2012 version of the regulation. Airtightness test results show that the average building airtightness performance has improved by nearly 50% in single- and multi-family buildings since 2006 and now stabilises below the minimum requirements.

 

QUALICHeCK FACT SHEET #05: Voluntary scheme and database for compliant and easily accessible EPC product input data in Belgium

The Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB) product database in Belgium is an effective scheme to improve the compliance and easy access to product characteristics used as input data for the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) calculation. The acceptance of this scheme by the market has been successful for many years.

LEAF: Improving the energy efficiency of multi-occupancy apartment blocks

Low Energy Apartment Futures (LEAF) was a three year project that looked to improve the energy efficiency of multi-occupancy apartment blocks by overcoming the barriers experienced during the retrofit process. The project ran from March 2013 to March 2016 and was funded by the EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme and local organisations in each country.

 

Low Energy Apartment Futures (LEAF) results published

Low Energy Apartment Futures (LEAF) was a three year project that looked to improve the energy efficiency of multi-occupancy apartment blocks by overcoming the barriers experienced during the retrofit process. Retrofit of this type of building is essential to meet climate change targets and reduce fuel poverty as approximately 43% of Europeans live in flats[1]. However, this type of building is notoriously difficult to retrofit due to short-comings of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and the challenges of engaging multiple owners.

 

UK Indoor Environments Group Conference - UKIEG 2016

The annual conference of the UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) will take place at the Coventry University’s Engineering & Computing (EC) Building, in Coventry, United Kingdom, on 16 June 2016.  The event will focus on the role of residential and learning environments on occupant health and wellbeing throughout the life course, bringing together research and case studies to help shed light on this important topic.

 

The event' s topics include:

 

Home energy efficiency and demand reduction

Energy efficiency and demand reduction is one of the most cost effective ways to cut carbon emissions, improve energy security and reduce consumer bills. However, the UK Government has announced the end of two key policies -Zero Carbon Homes and the Green Deal- without bringing forward any replacement schemes. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is also due to come to an end in March 2017.

 

International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access

The International Conference on Solar Technologies & Hybrid Mini Grids to improve energy access will take place at Bad Hersfeld, in Metropolitan area Frankfurt, Germany, on 21-23 September 2016. The international character of this conference and exhibition will bring together academia, practitioners, industry and development institutions with the aim of sharing experiences and the latest technology developments, learning from each other and networking.

 

The objective of the event and the challenge to be faced are:

 

iiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2016

 

iSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2016 (YRSB16) will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 21 June 2016. The event will focus on actual PhD research development in the field of sustainable building. The mission of the conference is to bring together young doctoral researchers in sustainable building to share research outcomes, discuss with their collegues and get valuable feedback.  

 

The conference topics are the following: