The free HVAC design tool “TABSDesign” is a computational aid for the sizing and control of thermally activated building systems (TABS). It supports and executes HVAC design of TABS through the unknown-but-bounded (UBB) planning process described in the "TABS Control" manual.   How it works
Post date: 17 Mar 2017
Type: Tool

ATLANTA – More than 160 refrigerants are maintained under ASHRAE’s refrigerant classification standard, and that list continues to grow as the industry’s need for new refrigerants increases.   A review of the new classes of lower global-warming potential (GWP) refrigerants within the context of legacy refrigerants and the forces that drive the development of new refrigerants is the focus of a new educational course from ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI).  
Post date: 7 Dec 2016
Type: News

The 7th International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning will be held in Tarragona, Spain. Following the 2nd Conference hosted in Tarragona 2007, this next conference returns to Spain to celebrate 12 years of successful networking of solar cooling researchers, industrial companies and technology developers. Spain is now, more than ever, one of the hot spots for cooling in Europe.
Post date: 17 Oct 2016
Type: Event

Peripheral areas often face poverty, crime, waste, pollution and decay. A new trend, however, considers suburbs the best places to develop green initiatives and energy efficiency interventions. Now a social housing building in Zaragoza, Spain, is piloting the regeneration of a suburb   Peripheral neighbourhoods are often spaces of poverty, unemployment and urban decay. But now many peripheral areas are becoming laboratories of innovation, hosting initiatives for a sustainable future.  
Post date: 1 Sep 2016
Type: News

Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC 2015)   This publication contains the proceedings (123 manuscripts) of the 4th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry - SHC2015, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 2 to 4 December 2015.  
Post date: 19 Aug 2016
Type: Publication

The use of reflective and permeable pavements as a potential practice for heat island mitigation and stormwater management   Elevated summertime temperatures in cities increase energy demand for cooling. This paper suggests the use of reflective and permeable surfaces to reduce the daytime high surface temperature in summer. Permeable pavements under wet conditions could give lower surface temperatures than impermeable pavements. The cooling effect highly depends on the availability of moisture near the surface layer and the evaporation rate.  
Post date: 1 Aug 2016
Type: Publication

Heating and cooling consume half of the EU's energy and much of it is wasted.  
Post date: 1 Apr 2016
Type: News

The challenges of integrating new energy-saving systems in occupied buildings   It can be extremely challenging to integrate technologies using renewables sources, such Parabolic Trough Solar Collectors (PTC), a biomass boiler, a cogeneration unit based on Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), an absorption chiller and a cooling tower. But this challenge is even greater when these energy reduction systems need to be coupled to an existing and occupied building.  
Post date: 31 Mar 2016
Type: News

A healthy and cool indoor climate is a basic living right. Facility owners and managers make it a prime objective to guarantee this key necessity for their residents. Large investments in often complex cooling networks are required to fit the purpose of providing long lasting and energy efficient cooling solutions.   Reality tells a different story.  
Post date: 15 Feb 2016
Type: News

Fabio Viero - How to raise the number of nZEBs in Europe? Experts provide their insights into probing questions DIRECTION’s second replication workshop took place in September, organised by Eurac in Bolzano, Italy. This is one of three workshops organised as part of DIRECTION’s outreach aimed at maximising replicability potential as the project enters its final months. Fabio Viero (Manens-Tifs s.p.a.) Head of Sustainability
Post date: 12 Jan 2016
Type: News