Environmental issues related to buildings

15 December 2017, 10:30-12:00 Brussels time (CET)   We spend 90% of our life indoors in buildings, so the quality of the indoor environment has a major impact on our health, well-being, and productivity. The health, comfort and well-being of building occupants are basic requirements and a human right, therefore both policy makers and the building industry have to take their role in ensuring healthy and comfortable living conditions for people.  
Post date: 18 Dec 2017
Type: News

  Two years after the Paris Agreement, the EU is firmly in the lead in fighting climate change. To that end the Commission announced a series of initiatives for a modern and clean economy at the One Planet Summit.    
Post date: 16 Dec 2017
Type: News

  The Juncker Commission's contribution to the One Planet Summit, Paris, 12 December 2017    
Post date: 16 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

  by Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team)    
Post date: 13 Dec 2017
Type: News

by Vasileios Ntouros (NKUA)   Urban Heat Island (UHI) is known to have significant impacts on the environment, giving rise to ambient temperatures in and around rural areas. At the same time, climate change issues are intensifying the UHI effects. To alleviate the UHI consequences and break this vicious circle, the European Union is financially supporting projects and actions which demonstrate and apply relevant mitigation techniques, as shown in this Overview Article.
Post date: 12 Dec 2017
Type: News

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)  
Post date: 11 Dec 2017
Type: News

Towards an EU Research and Innovation policy agenda for Nature-Based Solutions & Re-Naturing Cities. Final Report of the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on 'Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities'   This report was produced by the Horizon 2020 Expert Group on 'Nature-Based Solutions and Re-Naturing Cities' and gives useful information on natural-based solutions.  
Post date: 8 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

The UHI Project is implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The main target of this transnational project is the development of mitigation, risk prevention and management strategies to counteract the urban heat island (UHI) phenomenon. Mitigation strategies consist in the adoption of urban and land planning models that prevent the establishment of UHI. On the other hand, adaptation strategies aim at reducing the impact of UHI related phenomena, such as summer bioclimatic discomfort.
Post date: 8 Dec 2017
Type: Publication

Decision Support System (DSS) is a software developed within the context of the UHI (Urban Heat Island) project, implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is a simplified database management tool that can be used by an end user interested in the implementation of mitigation measures for counteracting the urban heat island phenomenon.
Post date: 8 Dec 2017
Type: Tool

This report provides the world's largest database of commissioning case studies for new and existing buildings. It represents a major update and expansion of a study initially published in 2004, with roughly three-times as many projects. We gathered and analysed data on 643 buildings, representing 99 million square feet of floor space from 26 states. The database incorporates the work of 37 commissioning providers.  
Post date: 7 Dec 2017
Type: Publication