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Overview of national nZEB definitions by building typology [JRC, 2016]

nZEB provisions for existing buildings: delayed refurbishments or market-driven major renovations?

On 29 July 2016, the European Commission published its recommendation on nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB).   Many stakeholders who commented on the draft last year were looking forward to the final version, especially concerning the...
The meaning of Brexit

The meaning of Brexit

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. ‘Brexit means Brexit’, says the new Prime Minister, but what might Brexit mean for energy and buildings? Hywel Davies, Technical Director at CIBSE explains what we know so far....

EC Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) indistinct about role of Building Efficiency

The European Commission’s Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) addressing the so-called non-ETS sectors of the economy which should contribute to reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2005 – by setting of national binding...

Brexit: A wake-up call for a citizens’ energy transition!

I can’t speak for you, but in my case, the Brexit had for me the opposite effect of the fall of the Berlin wall. I was in high school in 1989, but it was clear to me that the reunification of Germany would lead to a more...

Analytics solutions: from data overload to improved building performances

The advent of IoT increase considerably the potential number of smart devices collecting data, resulting in an additional level of complexity for facility managers. Analytics solutions effectively manage the new...

10th International BUILDAIR Symposium - Call for Papers

The 10th International BUILDAIR Symposium, on March 31 and April 1, 2017, in Hannover, offers a futureoriented programme about the field of airtight building envelopes, thermography and ventilation systems. Its ambition is to disseminate...

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...

EU Climate and Energy policies at risk of ‘’la pensée unique’’

I used to think that Western democracies protect their citizens from “la pensée unique” (a narrow and single way of thinking). My concerns relate to the “consensus” in the “energy efficiency community” about how the “Better Regulation...

Could consumers tip the balance of the EU energy transition?

The 2016 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week was about empowering consumers. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, the commissioner of climate and energy, made it clear that the energy transition is also about the active...

PROF / TRAC - Second Newsletter - June 2016

Welcome to PROF/TRAC’s second newsletter! This is a bi-annual newsletter with updated news and events from around Europe on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) in the framework of the Horizon 2020 project PROF/TRAC. PROF / TRAC is a 3-...