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Innovative ECO-SEE wall coatings offer natural air conditioning

If you have visited the new Apple store in Brussels then you would have seen first-hand the striking façades coated with white clay. Natural lime and clay based plasters are an increasingly popular choice among architects and homeowners...

Growing interest in CITyFiED methodology for district-scale retrofitting

Growing interest in CITyFiED’s methodology for district-scale energy efficient retrofitting   A more confident approach to mass-market deployment and replicability of district-scale energy efficient retrofitting is...

Energy efficiency becomes more important in the office real estate market

A study from the German Energy Agency-Dena, based on a survey among decision makers of 20 important office building investors and 20 major renters of office areas in Germany has resulted in sustainability and energy efficiency becoming...

Inauguration of Efficiency House Plus settlement near Augsburg

On 14 July 2017 a settlement of plus energy houses was inaugurated with a ceremonial key hand over to the building owners. All 13 houses (nine single-family houses and four double house halves) fulfil the efficiency house plus standard...

U.S. Department of Energy selects 13 energy projects on Indian land

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs has selected 13 tribal energy projects to receive funding of $7.8 million. The projects will install energy systems on tribal buildings and on community scale...

Project "CityTrees" provides clean air for citizens

A start-up company called Green City Solutions has developed 4m high vertical plant walls with moss, called CityTrees. These moss installations feed on dirty air; they filter CO2, NOx and dust pollution and convert them to their own...

BMUB starts ideas competition for increased building renovation rate

A team consisting of the German Energy Agency (dena), Energie- und Umweltberatung Pöschk and the agency mc-quadrat is working on the concept of a new ideas competition for increasing the building renovation rate on behalf of the German...

Berliner Klima Schulen 2017 - 1. Preis für Grundschule aus Alt-Hohenschönhausen

Unter dem Titel „Wissen macht Wandel“ nahm die Brodowin-Grundschule in Berlin Alt-Hohenschönhausen am Wettbewerb Berliner Klima Schulen 2017 teil. Seit Anfang Juli steht fest, die Schule hat den Wettbewerb gewonnen und erhält die 5.000 €...

Klimadatensätze: Neue deutsche Testreferenzjahre erhältlich

Der Deutsche Wetterdienst hat im Rahmen eines Forschungsprojekts neue Testreferenzjahre (Test Reference Year = TRY) veröffentlicht. Diese enthalten stündliche meteorologische Daten an einem Standort und werden z.B. von Planern und...

Green living: encouraging investors to go retro

Making our homes greener and more energy efficient is crucial if Europe is to realise its environmental targets and ambitions. But securing financial fuel to retrofit existing properties is tough, with investors often wanting to inject...

20 Berliner Schulen engagieren sich als Leuchttürme für den Klimaschutz

Zwanzig Berliner Schulen engagierten sich als Leuchtturmschulen im Projekt „Energie und Klimaschutz an Schulen“. Drei Schulen wurden jetzt durch den Berliner Staatssekretär für Umwelt- und Klimaschutz Stefan Tidow ausgezeichnet. Die...

Gewinnerprojekte aus dem BMBF/BMWi-Wettbewerb "Energieeffiziente Stadt" stehen fest

Im Jahr 2016 veröffentlichten die beiden Bundesministerien für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) und für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) gemeinsam eine Förderbekanntmachung zum Thema „Energieeffiziente Stadt“. Seit Juli 2017 stehen nun die 6...

Winners of the German inter-ministerial research project competition "Energy Efficient City" announced

To further support the energy transition in the building sector, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy have launched a funding initiative entitled “Solar Building / Energy-...

Stuttgart's zoo plans geothermal heating system for its elephant house

The City of Stuttgart plans to implement a geothermal system into a new tunnel (Rosensteintunnel) in the vicinity of the city’s zoo “Wilhelma”. The geothermal heat and the waste heat of the traffic shall be used to heat one of the new...

BMUB turns an "Efficiency House Plus" upside down at EXPO 2017 in Astana

At the EXPO 2017 in the Kazakh capital Astana, Germany with its theme “Energy on Track” presents how the energy transition “made in Germany” is realised. One of the exhibition rooms is the “City of Tomorrow” in which a walk-in the “...

German Government expands financial programme for PV battery systems

The Federal Government readjusted the financial programme for photovoltaic (PV) battery systems. Based on the high demand,  the financial programme will be significantly widened. The subsidy rates will drop starting from October (earlier...

BIM for predemolition waste audit in practice

An accurate and swift identification of materials, quantities and building typologies before the demolition works is needed for an efficient waste management and recovery of raw materials from buildings. A BIM based tool developed in HISER...

FIESTA guide aims to save families money on their energy bill

A guide released by the EU-funded FIESTA project provides European families with helpful advice on lowering their energy bill and their carbon footprint. Aimed at the general public, the document looks at general areas of household energy...

New EU energy efficient labelling regulation empowers consumers

  On 28 July 2017, the European Commission published a new Regulation setting a framework for energy labelling, simplifying and updating the energy efficiency labelling requirements for products sold in the EU, which were included in the...

Emissions and Odours from materials 2017

From producers to end-users.   During the last two decades, there has been increasing concern within the scientific community over the effects of VOC exposure on health. Public awareness of environmental, health and safety issues related...