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Team Germany wins Solar Decathlon 2009

The German SurPlusHouse includes photovoltaic on all walls (also on the north side as a system was chosen that can produce electricity from diffuse radiation as well) and a heat pump for heating, domestic hot water and cooling. The...

Nice and warm through the winter

Further information on the advices and on additional advices for saving energy in the household can be found in the "tenant package" of dena. The whole package can be ordered at the price of 5 Euro here.

Long-term climate and energy policy adopted in Finland

Climate protection needs to promote development that is ecologically, economically and socially sustainable. Indicators of sustainable well-being should be elaborated to complement gross domestic product data. The target of the foresight...

Innovative ventilation and high performance buildings: International experts present new findings at the 30th AIVC conference in Berlin

The conference was organised by the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre of the International Energy Agency together with Energie- und Umweltzentrum am Deister (E-U-Z) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics. In parallel to...

Interest free loans for Scottish householders for improving home energy efficiency

Solar energy use in outdoor swimming pools

The Impact Advisor is a basic decision tool for policy makers or investment decision makers to pursue the idea of solar pool heating. The simple excel based Impact Advisor software tool will provide the following technical capacities:   ...

Windsor Conference 9-11 April 2010: Adapting to change: new thinking on comfort

The last two years have seen an historic shift in the global climate, in the economy and in the balance of politics. Major industrial and financial touchstones such as the car, insurance and banking industries have in parts collapsed. The...

Cutting energy consumption and costs in UK households

The UK has announced a package to increase energy efficiency in households. The Home Energy Saving Programme will help households save €350 a year on energy costs. Legislation introduced under the programme requires energy companies to...

Citizens' Energy Forum: consumers, industry and regulators endorse recommendations for billing, complaint handling and smart metering

Launched in 2008, the Citizens' Energy Forum brings together consumer organisations, industry, and government regulators to tackle practical energy-related issues which matter to consumers, such as switching suppliers, user-friendly...

New EU brochure on photovoltaic solar energy available

Conference on Biofuels - Best practices from European countries

What? BITES Project Final Conference - Biofuels best practices from European countries Where? Sala Biancospino, Fiera del Levante, Bari (Italy) When? Friday 9th October 2009, 09:00 – 14:00 The event is addressed to representatives of...

German government extends the energy efficiency consultation programme for dwellings

The expertises are made by qualified and independent energy consultants for private persons and small to medium enterprises. Supported are consultations for homes built before 1994. Additional information and a list of consultants can be...

UK housebuilder offers homes for sale that meet all different levels of Government's Code for Sustainable Homes incl. carbon zero house

Recast of the EPBD: Observations and Recommendations regarding Impact, Compliance and Control issues

An Open System to Make Buildings more Energy Efficient

Building controls have a crucial role in helping buildings to be more energy efficient by making sure that all building services equipment operates at optimum level. By using open communication protocols, such as BACnet or Lon Works, HVAC...

French decrees about boiler inspection

Décret n° 2009-649 du 9 juin 2009 relatif à l'entretien annuel des chaudières dont la puissance nominale est comprise entre 4 et 400 kilowatts Décret n° 2009-648 du 9 juin 2009 relatif au contrôle des chaudières dont la puissance nominale...

New information papers on software and atlases for thermal bridges and airtightness requirements for high performance buildings

Software and atlases for evaluating thermal bridges (P 152)Thermal bridges must be taken into account in the energy performance of buildings regulations of most European Member States (MS). The detailed evaluation of the linear thermal...

New rules for German building owners from 1st October 2009

The main changes are: new buildings: the maximum allowed annual primary energy demand will be decreased by 30 % in average. The thermal requirements to the building envelope will be tightened by 15 % in average. existing buildings: in...

European lamps become more energy efficient

Improved incandescent bulbs with halogen technology and light emitting diode (LEDs) lamps will also be available as alternatives to conventional incandescent bulbs, not just compact fluorescent lamps. Improved incandescent bulbs, which...

New brochure on the Assessment and Improvement of the EPBD Impact available for download

ASIEPI stands for 'Assessment and Improvement of the EPBD Impact (for new buildings and building renovation)'. The project addresses 6 technical issues:EPBD requires Member States to define building energy performance...