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What is the best way of extending the existing knowledge on energy poverty in Europe?

Deepening the understanding and extending and refining existing knowledge should be done via multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach that involves different agencies and various stakeholders. Moreover, opportunities for policy...
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What are the complexities that underpin energy poverty in Europe?

There are not only methodological but also conceptual complexities that underpin energy poverty. Portraying energy poverty is a challenging task for numerous reasons. In the first place, energy poverty is private and confined to the home....
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Which are the structural components that form a green roof?

Green roofs are structurally engineered and generally comprise of six key components as illustrated in the figure bellow. These are:   The uppermost planted layer. Success of any green roof depends on how healthy the plants are. The growth...
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Do green roofs have any disadvantage?

In spite of mitigating the urban heat island phenomenon and offering numerous other benefits, green buildings have some potential disadvantages. Although they might be negligible or inconvenient to a particular group of people, these...
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Which are the different types of green roofs?

Green roofs, or living roofs as they are also known, can be classified according to type of usage, construction factors and maintenance requirements, into three different types; extensive, semi-intensive and intensive green roofs.  ...
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Interdisciplinary skills development of building professionals on NZEB construction

  Tuesday 21 November 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Brussels time (CET)   This webinar tackled the mismatch between the professional skills available and required for the successful design, construction and maintenance of Nearly Zero-Energy...
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HERON – Decision Support Tool

An innovative way of incorporating end-users behaviour in energy efficiency policy making.   Tuesday 14 November 2017, 10:00 a.m. Brussels time (CET)   We know that incorporating actual end-users behavioural barriers into energy modeling...
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Health performance of Nearly Zero-Energy 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...
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A look behind the BetterHome initiative

Monday 6 November 2017, 14:00-15:30 Brussels time (CET)   Industry stepping up to the challenge of deep renovation   Stimulating the energy renovation market remains one of the biggest challenges. Innovative business models can be powerful...
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Health performance of Nearly Zero-Energy 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-...
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Interdisciplinary skills development of building professionals on NZEB construction

  Tuesday 21 November 2017, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Brussels time (CET)   This webinar tackled the mismatch between the professional skills available and required for the successful design, construction and maintenance of Nearly Zero-Energy...
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HERON – Decision Support Tool

  An innovative way of incorporating end-users behaviour in energy efficiency policy making.   Tuesday 14 November 2017, 10:00 a.m. Brussels time (CET)   We know that incorporating actual end-users behavioural barriers into energy modeling...
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A look behind the BetterHome initiative

Monday 6 November 2017, 14:00-15:30 Brussels time (CET)     Industry stepping up to the challenge of deep renovation   Stimulating the energy renovation market remains one of the biggest challenges. Innovative business models can be...
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QUANTUM press release: German guidelines on Technical Monitoring pave the way for Quality Management services

The German Working Group for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering of State and Municipal Administrations (AMEV) released in August its Guidelines on Technical Monitoring of buildings. QUANTUM partners synavision and the Institute for...
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What are Test Reference Years (TRYs)?

Test Reference Years are detailed annual climate data rows used primarily in calculation and simulation programmes. They are in most cases not simply measured climate information of a real year at a certain location, but an artificial...
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Why is monitoring so important in demonstration projects?

Pilot or demonstration buildings are made in order to test new innovative technologies or to demonstrate that a defined level of high building energy performance is possible in reality. These buildings are show cases that allow experts and...
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How does the German “Mieterstromgesetz” [Tenant Electricity Law] work?

In the end of July 2017, the German law on the promotion of tenant electricity (Gesetz zur Förderung von Mieterstrom) entered into force. With this law, tenants shall benefit from the energy transition. In fact, the law promotes landlords...
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What is meant with “Rebound Effect”?

Efficiency measures at the building envelope and the building services systems decrease the operational costs of buildings. But reduced costs can lead to changes in the behaviour of the building users. They consume more energy and parts of...
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Are there EU funded projects – schemes, based on nanomaterials in the construction industry?

The list that follows provides brief information on EU funded projects and clusters in the field of nanomaterials:   ADAPTIWALL project used multi-functional light-weight wall panel based on adaptive insulation and nanomaterials for...
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Which nanomaterials are most commonly used for photocatalytic applications?

Titania (TiO2) is suitable for several environmental applications such as air purifier, waste water treatment cleaning, water disinfection and photo-induced hydrophilic coating with self-cleaning properties. It can be incorporated in bulk...