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Technical Article - From opaque traditional walls to Adaptative Façade Systems: state of play and outlook

What makes a façade intelligent? Opaque façade technologies have incrementally evolved both in new construction a by increasing their thermal insulation and airtightness levels aiming to reduce the overall energy demand from the buildings...
To answer the urgent need to reduce thermal energy consumption of buildings, opaque façade technologies have evolved, increasing their thermal insulation and airtightness levels to effectively block energy flows. However, as...
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A new step-by-step approach for upskilling in Green Digital Buildings

The development of new technologies in the building industry has influenced the working construction cycle. In fact, it affects designers who need to know how to design a new technology or energy system and...
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Overview Article - Integrating Heat Pumps in Existing Residential Buildings

The 2022 REPowerEU[1] plan considers the electrification of the heating and cooling sector as one of the strategic pathways towards reducing natural gas imports. Reversible heat pumps can cover the space heating, space cooling, and...
The installation of heat pumps is central in the REPowerEU plan, and the European Commission has set the ambitious goal to install 10 million new heat pumps in 5 years. Although the installation of heat pumps in new buildings is...
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SmartBuilt4EU white paper (Topic 2A): "Interoperability"

The SmartBuilt4EU project has set up four task forces investigating issues related to smart buildings: their objective is to identify the remaining challenges and barriers to smart building deployment, and the associated research and...
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The renovation of the farm house Ritterhof, Germany

The 17th century farm house Ritterhof has been renovated by architect Michael Felkner and it is now home if his office, family´s flat, grocery shop and granny flat.   The architect has developed a utilisation (and renovation) concept that...
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A guide for energy renovation of public historic buildings using a BIM methodology and simulation-based approach

The ENI CBC Med BEEP project has just finished and one of its main outcome is the development of guidelines for the energy renovation and environmental improvement of public historic buildings through the use of Heritage Building...
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An antology of pathways of cultural heritage

This new antology edited by three Swedish researchers explores places and buildings of human history and cultural heritage by looking for pathways. Fifteen researchers from countries including India, Israel and the UK and the researchers...
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Overview of heat pump technologies, applications and market developments

Electrically-driven heat pumps represent a solution to dramatically improve the efficiency of energy use for space and water heating. However, there is a lack of data in costs and performance of heat pumps available for policy makers,...
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Technical Article - From opaque traditional walls to Adaptative Façade Systems: state of play and outlook

What makes a façade intelligent? Opaque façade technologies have incrementally evolved both in new construction a by increasing their thermal insulation and airtightness levels aiming to reduce the overall energy demand from the buildings...
To answer the urgent need to reduce thermal energy consumption of buildings, opaque façade technologies have evolved, increasing their thermal insulation and airtightness levels to effectively block energy flows. However, as evidenced by...
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Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: a bottom-up approach for integrated system efficiency

Squaring security of supply and decarbonisation of buildings is not going to be straightforward. Buildings are the single largest source of energy consumption in the EU, representing 40% of final energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions...