Practices

Solar Skins: An opportunity for greener cities

Solar photovoltaic (solar PV) electricity has recently become the lowest cost source of electricity in most parts of the world. Solar PV supports a socially just and acceptable energy transition and integrated applications, as well as new...

The Zero Carbon and Circular Economy Challenge in the Built Environment – Policy options for the European Union and its Member States

Getting on track to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, as was agreed in Paris back in 2015, would not just be good for our climate, but first and foremost for all citizens.   What changes to the European policy framework and new...

Venticool newsletter issue #14 - June 2019

A major venticool event is approaching: the 40th AIVC - 6th venticool & 8th Tight Vent joint conference:   "From energy crisis to sustainable indoor climate - 40 years of AIVC" to be held in Ghent on 15-16 October 2019.   Also, you...

The energy efficiency toolkit for energy communities

The REScoop Plus project aims to make Europe go beyond their activities of producing and supplying energy and take up energy savings for their members as a new pillar in their organisations.   In the project REScoop Plus it was first made...

European Energy Transition 2030: The Big Picture

This report is on the fact that in 2018, the EU has decided upon a climate and energy framework up to 2030, involving clean, affordable and reliable energy system in Europe.   To that end, greenhouse gas emissions are to decline by at...

Better buildings for a better future - Eurima's action plan for a sustainable building stock by 2050

Buildings are critical to our health and well-being: Most of us spend up to 90 percent of the day in the office, at school, in hospitals, shops and at home, and the way we build and use our buildings directly impacts the quality and...

Tokyo Declaration on Improving the Visibility and Energy Performance of Asset Investments by Financial Institutions

As one of the relevant outcomes  of the G20 in the field of energy efficiency, held the last June 12th in Tokyo, over 150 high-level delegates and participants concluded a shared declaration on improving the visibility and energy...
The Summit participants, financial institutions, supporting networks and experts, declared to the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, that to increase the innovative financing and...

From nearly-zero energy buildings to net-zero energy districts. Lessons learned from existing EU projects

The report, prepared by the JRC (Joint Research Centre), presents an analysis of the current situation based on:   an extensive literature review review from 1992 to 2018 on relevant articles dealing with zero energy/zero carbon community...

State of Energy Efficiency in National Energy and Climate Plans

The EU has now at its disposal a new set of energy legislation, as well as targets to be met until 2030.For energy efficiency, an EU 2030 headline target of at least 32.5% was set in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).   The...

Energy performance contracts more versatile and profitable than expected

Energy performance contracts more versatile and profitable than expected   One way to make buildings more sustainable is implementing Energy Performance Contracts (...

Selection of (Green) Roof Systems: A Sustainability-Based Multi-Criteria Analysis

A wide diffusion of green envelopes in cities can be an opportunity to improve urban environment conditions and reduce negative effects of climate change.   The green roof system is a widespread solution adopted all over the world due to...

Statement of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) - Designing for a Circular Economy

An ambitious implementation of circular economy principles in the building and construction sectors requirestheinvolvement and collaboration of all stakeholders, from the construction materials and building components manufacturers to...

Ensuring successful replicability in EE renovation business schemes

This document is one of the report of the H2020 project STUNNING “SusTainable bUsiNess models for the deep reNovation of buIldiNGs”, running from October 2017 to September 2019   The deliverable will focus on providing solutions...

Occupant-centric Building Design and Operation EBC ANNEX 79 - factsheet

As building envelopes and mechanical and electrical equipment become more efficient, the impact of occupants on building energy increases.   Meanwhile, trends in teleworking, co-working and home-sharing mean vastly different occupancy than...

Evaluation of natural-based internal insulation systems in historic buildings through a holistic approach

Historic buildings are defining elements of city centres but also responsible for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce their energy demand, it is important to improve envelopes’ thermal transmittance without...

How energy audits promote SMEs’ energy efficiency investment

This paper assesses the impact of energy audits on the implementation of energy efficiency investments by SMEs, interactions with financial constraints, and how energy audits can be promoted. Energy audits play an important role in...
This publication presents EIB Investment Survey data about energy audits and energy-efficiency investments of some 12,500 signatures from EU28 Member States per year.   It suggests that:   - Energy audits are a useful tool for overcoming...

METIS Studies: Cost-efficient district heating development

In 2012, district heating covered 9% of the EU’s heat demand. Nearly 70% of all energy used for district heat generation were gas and coal.   However, district heating allows to decarbonise heat generation via the integration of...
METIS is a mathematical model providing analysis of the European energy system.   It simulates the operation of energy systems and markets on an hourly basis over a year, while factoring in uncertainties like weather...

Clean energy for all Europeans

Based on Commission proposals published in November 2016, the Clean energy for all Europeans package consists of eight legislative acts. After political agreement by the Council and the European Parliament in 2018 and early 2019, these...

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum

Financing energy efficiency in the public sector took a big step with the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum. This forum gathered more than 550 representatives from local authorities, industry and financial institutions to discuss the key...

Commission guidance on how to implement revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive provisions on building renovation

Answering the need of clarification of the Member States, the EU commission released a document with the recommendation for implementing the amended EPBD into national operative laws.   Full transposition and effective implementation of...