Building operation, monitoring, energy management

Identifying indicators for the life cycle environmental performance, quality and value of EU office and residential buildings - JRC Working Paper

The European Commission's 2014 Communication on Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector identified the need for a common EU approach to the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings. A study to develop this approach was initiated in 2015 by DG ENV and DG GROW, with the technical support of DG JRC-IPTS.


World Green Building Week 2016

The World Green Building Week is the flagship event of the global green building movement - organised by the World Green Building Council and led by its network of 74 Green Building Councils and their 27,000 member companies. The week raises awareness of green buildings around the world, highlighting how they are the most effective means to achieving a range of environmental, social and economic goals, from addressing climate change to creating sustainable homes, businesses and communities – better places for people to live, work and play.


European Commission requests BULGARIA to comply with EU provisions reducing the energy consumption of buildings


On 22 July 2016, the European Commission released a fact sheet containing its key decisions of the July infringement package. In this context, the EC has sent a reasoned opinion to Bulgaria to request the correct transposition of all the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU) into national law.


What are the main advantages of a quality management within building commissioning?

Like in a modern Tower of Babel, managing quality within building commissioning means ensuring collaboration and data sharing between different actors (i.e. building systems and people) and act to contain defects aiming to achieve optimal performance. This ensures that the building system won't collapse but eventually get better overtime.


The main benefits of implementing a quality management system during commissioning may be summarised as follows:

What are the main advantages of a quality management within building commissioning?

Building Simulation (BS2017) 2017

Now accepting abstracts for peer-reviewed papers, due August 10th, 2016 with papers due November 30, 2016Abstracts will be judged primarily based on scientific soundness of the applied methods and the degree to which the contribution advances the state of the art.  Authors of accepted abstracts may submit 4 - 10 page manuscripts that will be double-blind reviewed.  Papers that are accepted and presented will be published in the citable conference proceedings. Non-paper oral presentations will be solicited later in 2016 -- that format may be appropriate fo

Turning data noise into music: cognitive computing applied to smart buildings

On June 24, IBM’s Watson Internet of Things hosted at leaders, industry experts and technologists at The Crystal in London to examine how IoT is shaping the way we design, construct, use, maintain and experience the buildings around us. One of the main focuses was the application of cognitive computing to smart buildings.


Nowadays building systems can provide an enormous amount of unstructured data on building operations. The challenge is using available information to improve and adapt building performances.

Understanding the importance and triggering the demand for building commissioning

Commissioning makes sure energy efficiency investments maintain their optimal factory-intended operational states, regularly testing their performances. It was introduced in the late 1980s however, despite proven studies, global awareness and industry adoption remains low. (Schneider Electrics, 2016)