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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...

Multi Source Energy Storage System Integrated in Buildings

This new concept will reduce and smartly manage the electrical energy required from the grid favouring the wider use of renewable energy sources in any type of building and district level. It will reduce raw material use for thermal...

German embassy in Canberra to become a zero emission building

The core measures of the energy concept are:a highly efficient airtight facade system without thermal bridges that reduces the heating and cooling need to a minimum and provides at the same time a high daylight quality. The energy need...

Argentine football star Carlos Tevez moves into energy saving house

Australia sets 20 % renewable target for 2020

New German study on how to reduce energy costs of computer centres by up to 75 %

Dena indicates the possible reduction of energy use as follows: - optimised use of server capacity: 35 % and more - thermal improvement of the centre (splitting into warm and cold air spaces): 20 % - use of modern and energy efficient...

Proposal to base UK university funding on carbon emission reduction