Practices

OVERVIEW | Alleviating Urban Heat Island in the Context of Climate Change

by Vasileios Ntouros (NKUA)   Urban Heat Island (UHI) is known to have significant impacts on the environment, giving rise to ambient temperatures in and around rural areas. At the same time, climate change issues are intensifying the UHI effects. To...

OVERVIEW | Energy efficient university campus projects

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   Similarly to energy efficient school projects, university complexes offer the possibility to reduce the energy consumption of public buildings visited by young people. This allows for a...

Renewable Energy in the United Kingdom

Renewable Energy Accounts for 30% of the Total Electricity Generated in the UK The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released a number of reports on the 22nd of February detailing the energy production of...

EU CoNZEBs wants your opinion: Take part in a survey on living in high-performance buildings

  The CoNZEBs team is asking for your opinion, based on your personal experiences, conversations with friends and neighbours, media or technical literature. Do you have any questions and open dilemmas regarding living in Nearly Zero...

OVERVIEW | Super Insulating Materials: From mature products to market ready system solutions

By Daniel Quenard (CSTB)   Following years of research and development by EU-funded, national and international projects, Super-Insulated Materials (SIM) have achieved maturity. The industry is now rolling out market-ready solutions.   VIP...

OVERVIEW | Possibilities and challenges of BIM with respect to the assessment of the energy performance of buildings

By Peter Wouters, INIVE   BIM (Building Information Modelling) is in many EU countries high on the agenda. This article is focusing on the potential of BIM in relation to the energy performance of building assessment and also in relation...

OVERVIEW | Quality of installation of heating and cooling systems in buildings

by François Durier (CETIAT)   Reducing the energy consumption of heating and cooling systems in buildings requires:   to reduce building heating and cooling needs, via high performance building envelopes, intelligent controls (management...

OVERVIEW | Quality Management within Building Commissioning

  by: Anita Derjanecz, REHVA Managing Director - Francesco Mariottini, REHVA Assistant Project Engineer     Quality management and building commissioning are key tools in closing the gap between designed and actual energy performance of...

Energy efficiency’s ‘best kept secret’ delights district renovation experts

CITyFiED City members and consortium experts discovered energy efficiency’s ‘best kept secret’ Ludwigshafen and neighbouring Mannheim 30 November – 1 December 2017   Situated in the dynamic and industrial Rhein-Necker region,...

OVERVIEW | Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings – What’s the next step: zero energy or plus energy?

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The recast EPBD Article 9 requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) by 31 December 2020, and new buildings...