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Finally – a concrete definition of a “smart building” to be placed at the heart of EU policymaking as negotiations heat up

Brussels, 2 June 2017 - The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) put the finishing touches on its comprehensive work on smart buildings, providing a working definition of a ‘smart building’ and making detailed policy...

CommONEnergy policy factsheet – Shopping centres: the renovation opportunity behind the EPBD revision

On May 29, The European Parliament’s committee on industry and energy (ITRE) met to debate on the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). In particular, the discussion converted on the draft position prepared by...

DG Energy Call for Tender: Smart cities and communities information system

  On 18 May 2017, the European Commission announced that the call for tender “ENER/C2/2017-097 - Smart cities and communities information system” has been opened, for the continuation of the running contract supporting the Smart...

UrbanWINS project launches its online agora, a virtual space for debate on waste prevention and management

UrbanWINS, an EU-funded project aiming at developing and testing methods for designing and implementing eco-innovative strategic plans for waste prevention, has launched its “UrbanWINS agora”, a participative virtual community to share...

Architecture: Towards a Step-Change in Building Performance

In the framework of the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) and the Federal Chamber of German Architects (BAK) will organise two public events on Thursday 22 June in Brussels, Belgium, on the theme...

Generation green: smart cities bring new eco-friendly jobs

Smart cities across Europe are pioneering all sorts of cutting-edge technologies to reduce pollution and boost energy efficiency, becoming green role models for others to follow. The eco-friendly push is not only helping to protect our...

EUSEW Energy day event kicks off in Lund, Sweden

European ‘Energy Days’ kick started in Lund, Sweden   An early start to celebrating the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) ‘energy days’ began in Lund, Sweden, with an open invitation for politicians, municipal...

Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days 2017

On 30 May 2017, the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) announced that this year, the Energy Information Days will take place from Monday 23 to Wednesday 25 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, presenting the new...

SAVES2 has now launched

SAVES2 is a H2020 project that builds on a previous IEE funded project, SAVES, that expanded the Student Switch Off campaign from the National Union of Students in the UK to 4 other EU countries.   The project commenced in May 2017 and...

AIVC 2017 conference announces keynote speakers

The keynote speakers for the 38th AIVC - 6th TightVent - 4th venticool conference: "Ventilating healthy low-energy buildings" have been announced. The joint conference, co-organised by the International Network on Ventilation and Energy...

The 5th Building Knowledge Hub opens doors in Bulgaria

Branch organizations, vocational training centres and material and component manufacturers are invited to use for free the newly established lab and its equipment for training courses on energy efficiency in buildings  ...

Green energy and politics: crowdfunding to the rescue?

The pressure is on for countries to honour their climate change commitments. But, with one of the world´s heavyweights in economy´s president threatening to tear up the Paris agreement and another quitting the EU - the question is, where...

New deadline for the Green Solutions Awards: June 16, 2017

Construction21 offers you some extra time to compete in the Green Solutions Awards.   By participating, you will be noticed by thousands of professionals. In 2016, the competing case studies generated no less than 10,000...

CUBE 2020 - Energy savings in 236 buildings aiming for the best progression by 2020

As the 2020 milestone for both EU and French domestic climate and energy goals approaches, the energy savings contest CUBE 2020 gets more relevant than ever.  It is indeed a solution for owners and users of commercial and...

Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency: €96M to fund over 40 new energy efficiency projects

More than 40 new projects have been launched with a funding of about €96M under the Energy Efficiency Call for Proposals 2016 as part of Horizon 2020’s energy challenge for secure, clean and efficient energy for Europe.   The new...

Wooden construction sector and future of buildings: round table held for stakeholders in Zurich

Open Calls for Decision Metrics and Finance (DMF) Flagships   On 20 March, the Building Technologies Accelerator (BTA) of Climate-KIC organized a round table in Zurich to gather stakeholders of the wooden construction...

€8 million EU package to help 79 developing nations combat climate change

The European Union (EU) will support 79 developing nations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) with a €8 million ($891m) to implement a global deal to combat climate change.   The European Climate Commissioner, Miguel Arias...

Green Finance to Catalyse the Transition to Sustainable Cities

The urban environment is increasingly being recognized as a critical player in transitions towards a sustainable society. Cities worldwide are prioritising climate change action. Yet, financing the transition proves to be one of the key...

Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme in Greece

  In April 2017, the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Greece has officially published the Regulation for the operation of Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (National Gazette 1242Β/11-4-2017), in accordance with the...

Watch leading architectural keynotes from Daylight Symposium “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice.”

Speakers from around the world addressed new paradigms for architecture and the way we live by using insights derived from lighting, medical and architectural research.   The theme of the 7th Daylight Symposium was “Healthy & Climate-...