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How to develop district heating and cooling in France

This report from the French "Plan Bâtiment Durable" explains that the replacement of district heating and cooling to renewable energies are fully considered part of the approach to decreasing the use of fossil fuels to heat and cool buildings. This will bring comfort and a continuous service while ensuring local employment. Within the objectives for France, this action will represent a quarter of the renewable heating and cooling by 2020 and renewables in heating and cooling production will be increased by fivefold in 2030.

 

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.

 

AIVC March 2016 Newsletter

With the aim to maximise its impact on the dissemination of information on research and development in the fields of ventilation and air infiltration, the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) continues to “spread the word”, through the organisation of conferences or thematic workshops, the production of technical notes, the cooperation with well-established organisations, the convergence with other information channels and so on.

 

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:

 

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:

 

Assessing overheating risk

This leaflet, released by the Zero Carbon Hub, introduces the variety of methods being used by housing providers and building professionals to assess risk, including Standard Assessment Procedure –SAP [UK Government’s procedure for rating the energy performance of homes and demonstrating compliance with Part L1A of the Building Regulations] Appendix P [SAP Appendix P provides an “overheating check”, which can be used to demonstrate compliance with Criterion 3 (covers overheating risk and requires ‘appropriate passive control measures to limit the effect of heat gains on indoor temperature i