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EU Parliament ITRE Committee votes for highly energy-efficient buildings by 2050

New measures to ensure that all new buildings in the EU are as energy-efficient as possible by 2050 were agreed by the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) of the European Parliament.   Rules to channel the...

Four technologies shaping up green energy today

Photosynthesis discovery can help design more efficient artificial solar cells. Vertical axis wind turbines can offer cheaper electricity to urban and suburban areas. A thermal storage system, which will use salt to effectively store...

BUILD UP Skills final reports from Technical Working Groups online!

The result of the discussions and work carried out in the past two years concerning finance, mutual recognition, innovative training methods & materials and market acceptance / marketing is ready.   Take a look at the 4 reports that...

IEA: Solar leads the charge in another record year for renewables

Renewable electricity market has witnessed an unprecedented acceleration in recent years, and it broke another annual deployment record in 2016. The market’s main driver last year was solar photovoltaics, which is boosting the...

IEA: Energy efficiency gains at risk of slowing down without renewed government focus

The recent acceleration in global energy efficiency gains risks slowing down if governments do not maintain their focus on implementing new efficiency policies, according to a new report by the International Energy Agency....

Debating GMOs in construction material

What about GMOs in our homes?   Adopting biobased materials in home building can slash construction costs, but is Europe ready to put aside its fears about GM products?   One of the main contributors of CO2 emissions...

The Smart Specialisation Platform on Bioenergy

The Smart Specialisation Platform on Bioenergy (S3P) is a tool to improve interregional cooperation through specialisation. In the spring of 2015, the EC launched the initiative of the Smart Specialisation Platforms (S3P) as a joint...

REMOURBAN attends “100% Climate Neutrality Conference” in Sønderborg

 REMOURBAN and Lighthouse cities at the “100% Climate Neutrality Conference” in Sønderborg   The Climate Conference in Sønderborg (Denmark) is a biannual appointment for representative from municipalities, industry and...

Commission calls on SPAIN to correctly implement EU rules on Energy Efficiency Directive

  On 4 October 2017, in the context of the October infringements package, the European Commission announced that they are sending a letter of formal notice requesting Spain to ensure the correct implementation of the EU legislation on...

Crowdfunding platforms: finding new projects and building investor base

How to find new projects and build an investor base as a newly launched crowdfunding platform   Newly launched crowdfunding platforms for renewable energy projects often face the challenge to find projects that are...

CITyFiED is finalist in Global District Energy Climate Awards

Torrelago reaches prestigeous district heating award finals   CITyFiED’s Spanish demonstration site has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Global District Energy Climate Awards - with winners due to be...

Energy-efficient Buildings at the Industrial Innovation Info Days 2017: Recording available online

The Industrial Innovation Info Days, organised by the EC DG Research & Innovation on 3 and 4 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, provided the research community with an overview of ongoing activities in the “Key...

Contribute to identifying barriers in nZEB: AZEB project

You can contribute to identify barriers to nZEB via the AZEB project   The AZEB project aims to show how Zero Energy Buildings can be made affordable in the whole life cycle of buildings, from design to construction and...

Technologies for efficient construction recycling and recovery: HISER project

Technologies for efficient recycling and recovery of valuable raw materials from complex construction and demolition waste (video)   The HISER consortium has prepared a video which presents the innovative technologies...

BUILD UP Skills Videos | What is BUILD UP Skills?

Energy efficient buildings will play a key role in helping Europe meet its ambitious climate and energy targets. However, installing the technologies needed to make Europe's building stock greener requires a skillset that the construction...

BUILD UP Video | Why is BUILD UP so useful?

BUILD UP has released a short video presenting the benefits and opportunities of the webportal for buildings professionals.   The video is available at the link below, feel free to spread and show it to your network!  

eceee releases new maze guide focusing on energy efficiency aspects within EC’s Clean Energy Package

  On 14 September 2017,  the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) published a new "Steering through the maze" guide. The new guide, “Understanding energy efficiency in the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package”,...

Opportunities and obstacles for an energy efficient housing stock

The ongoing revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) creates opportunities to strengthen the housing sector‘s contribution to combatting climate change. This does not only mean further requirements for the building...

European Commission launches first EU-wide tool for sustainable building performance reporting

On 28 September 2017, the European Commission launched the pilot phase of Level(s), a new voluntary EU framework for sustainable buildings which will help transform the building sector. It is the first tool of this kind that has been...

Green Solutions Awards 2017: 59 national champions get their ticket for the COP23

The results of the first stage of the Green Solutions Awards are out, each organising country officially announced their champions. They are now qualified for the international finals and will be now examined by two juries composed of...