Legislation, regulations, standards

  This paper, released in March 2017, sets out the key messages from the Europe Regional Network (ERN) of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) on the key elements of the Clean Energy Package impacting Green Building Councils (GBCs) and the regional network.  
Post date: 20 Apr 2017
Type: Note

This technical guidance document has been published by the Irish Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government under article 7 of the Building Regulations 1997. The document accompanies the Building Regulations (Part L Amendment) Regulations 2011 (S.I. No. 259 of 2011) which amended Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Energy) of the Second Schedule to the Building Regulations 1997 (S.I. No. 497 of 1997). It amends Technical Guidance Document L - Conservation of Fuel and Energy – Dwellings (2011) including a new section on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs).  
Post date: 18 Apr 2017
Type: Publication

Reasons behind and lessons learnt with the development of airtightness testers schemes in 11 European countries  
Post date: 18 Apr 2017
Type: Publication

This paper presents the new framework for the realisation of reliable pressurisation tests in Belgium and the provisions taken to widen the number of buildings where a valid pressurisation test can be realised. The pressurisation test is described in standards. In Belgium, the measured airtightness performance can be used in the regional Energy Performance (EP) regulations in order to improve the calculated performance. A few years ago, supplementary specifications to the test standard (NBN EN 13829) describing detailed specific elements of the test, were added to the regulations.
Post date: 18 Apr 2017
Type: Publication

Most countries in the Central and Eastern Europe region already have or are setting up renovation programmes for multi-apartment buildings. Some countries have run these programmes successfully for a long time, while others are setting them up more recently. Several countries have had such programmes for a while now, but on an “on and off” basis with mixed results in different years.  
Post date: 18 Apr 2017
Type: Event

Optimising the energy use of technical building systems – unleashing the power of the EPBD’s article 8   This webinar will present the results of the recently published Ecofys study “Optimising the energy use of technical building systems (TBS) – unleashing the power of the EPBD’s Article 8”.   During this webinar, the authors will elaborate on the study and on the underlying questions, such as:
Post date: 18 Apr 2017
Type: Event

  After months of public consultation, the City of Sydney has fast-tracked the adoption of an action plan that will help it achieve net zero emissions by 2050, tackle waste and water usage, and scale up renewable energy use.     On 28 March 2017, the City of Sydney adopted an action plan that its leaders says will help it achieve carbon neutrality and ensure that half of its energy comes from renewable energy by 2050.   
Post date: 12 Apr 2017
Type: News

Special Applications and New Markets in the new issue of the HPT Magazine   This latest issue of the Heat Pumping Technologies  (HTP) Magazine has Special Applications and New Markets as the topical theme. The applications range from innovative ways to use heat pumping technologies in commercial buildings, to their use in common household appliances.  
Post date: 10 Apr 2017
Type: Publication

Italy is no stranger to earthquakes, suffering deadly seismic events which have shattered communities. Sixty percent of the country’s building stock was built before a law dated 1974, which introduced regulations for constructions in risk areas. So now the pressure is on to future-proof buildings – and biomaterials could have a big role to play  
Post date: 10 Apr 2017
Type: News

Status Report 2016     This updated report, prepared by Van Holsteijn en Kemna B.V. (VHK) for the European Commission, shows how the EU's Ecodesign and energy labelling requirements for products are saving consumers both energy and money. It tracks the progress of an ongoing study of the impact of these requirements.  
Post date: 5 Apr 2017
Type: Publication