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STARDUST : smart with a heart

Along with the rest of the Smart City Community, in late September 2018, the STARDUST project attended the 4th Nordic Edge Expo & Conference in Norway. The Nordic Edge is an annual event where the Smart City community presents their...

What is an Energy Efficient Mortgages? EEM initiative published the definition

The Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative is unveiling its definition of an energy efficient mortgage which is the result of extensive cross-sectoral, market consultation of the lending institutions piloting the...

ECTP Conference 2018 Report

The 8th ECTP Conference took place at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels on November 13-14, 2018 (cf. the conference programme).   More than 170 stakeholders from the whole construction value-chain and representatives of the European...

Energy efficiency measures in schools to help children grow as future leaders of energy transition

Implementation of energy efficiency measures in schools and kindergartens, besides leading to energy savings and reduction of environmental pollution, would also improve the conditions in which children spend much of their time. More so,...

Home sweet (hemp) home

December 5 is UN World Soil Day. The building industry has thus been called to account for its role in the massive use of mineral raw materials and environmental pollution. One solution comes from the bio-...

UN climate change conference in Katowice: stay informed on #COP24!

The UN climate summits, so called COP (Conference of the Parties) are global conferences, in the course of which action for climate policy is negotiated. Poland hosted them twice - in 2008, in Poznań and in 2013, in Warsaw. In December...

COP24: urgency, opportunity and ambition

COP24 will be held in Katowice from 3 to 14 December 2018.   Three years after securing the historic Paris Agreement, negotiators have two key tasks in Poland. First, they must agree the so-called ‘Paris Rulebook’, which is...

The Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

Following the invitation by the European Council in March 2018, the Commission's vision for a climate-neutral future covers nearly all EU policies and is in line with the Paris Agreement objective to keep temperature increase to well below...

Calling global leaders in energy management: Global Energy Management Awards 2019

The Energy Management Leadership Awards program for 2019 is now accepting entries. Any organization with an ISO 50001-certified energy management system is invited to enter this global competition, now in its fourth year....

Beyond 40%: Fraunhofer ISE hits new module efficiency record

Fraunhofer ISE, in collaboration with the EU-funded CPVMatch project, has set a new record for solar module efficiency at 41.4%.   The module measures 122 cm² and utilizes a multijunction, tandem cell set up, with multiple layers of active...

ECTP Conference 2018 report: Presentations and photos available!

The 8th ECTP Conference took place at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels on November 13-14, 2018.   More than 170 stakeholders from the whole construction value-chain and representatives of the European Commission shared their experience...

BIM4REN project: easy-to-use BIM tools for collaborative construction energy renovation works

With 3 million enterprises and 18 million workers, the construction industry represents around 9% of the European Union GDP. However, the sector is among the least digitalised industries of the European economy. The construction industry...

RESTORE Training School 2019: new deadline for applications!

The Construction and Operational phases of a building are crucial in realising the regenerative sustainability vision, intent, concept and design. Construction can be regenerative, with those involved in the construction phase (contractors...

Webinar on new EPBD tools to trigger renovations: building renovation passports and better access to financing

The countdown to transpose the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) has started!   Member States have until March 2020 to translate into national law all the new requirements from the EU energy...

European Parliament approved 2030 targets for the renewables and energy efficiency

On 13 of November, the European Parliament voted on the provisional agreements reached with the Council in June this year on the three important legislative files within the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package, such as Energy Efficiency...

EED, RED II and Energy Governance planned to be approved by the Council in December

The three main legislative files on the Energy Efficiency (EED), the Promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (RED II) and the Governance of the Energy Union, under the Clean Energy Package are most likely expected to get a...

EUSEW 2019: be part of it!

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will be held from 17 to 21 June 2019.   Launched in 2006, EUSEW includes a two month-long series of activities organised across Europe annually to promote secure, clean and efficient energy. It brings...

Latest World Green Building Trends: Nearly Half of Survey Respondents Expect to Make 60% of their Projects Green in Next 3 Years

The findings from the preeminent study on green buildings have been released and the results are both surprising and encouraging. Forty-seven percent of those participating in the World Green Building Trends 2018 SmartMarket Report expect...

FACE: a training course on complex technological building façades

Interreg Italy-Austria FACEcamp project offered a training course (named FACE) aimed at increasing the know-how of companies and freelance professionals operating in the field of complex technological building façades. The...

Webinar on Demand Response Technology Readiness Levels for Energy Management

Organized by the H2020 project DR-BOB (Demand Response in Block of Buildings) in collaboration with BUILD UP, the webinar addressed the demand response technology readiness levels for energy management in blocks of buildings....