Practices

Public Authorities, how to implement energy efficiency policies and stimulate investments?

PUBLENEF’s final conference was the ideal frame to take stock of the current energy efficiency policies and discuss the upcoming changes and potential enhancements. The PUBLENEF Horizon 2020 project since February 2016 has been focusing on...
Based on needs assessments and good practices analysis, the PUBLENEF partners developed policy roadmaps in 12 cities and regions from across Europe to implement energy efficiency pathways towards sustainability. In the frame of the...

European energy efficiency services markets and quality: a report from QualitEE project

This report has been developed as part of the "QualitEE – Quality Certification Frameworks for Energy Efficiency Services" project supported by the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.
Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the QualitEE project aims to increase investment in energy efficiency services in the building sector within the EU and improve trust in service providers. This will be achieved...

Application of IoT and Machine Learning techniques for the assessment of thermal comfort perception

Abstract:   Thermal comfort is traditionally assessed by using the PMV index defined according to the EN ISO 7730:2005 where the user passively interacts with the surrounding environment considering a physic-based model...

Heat Pumps to decarbonize heating and cooling

Heat pump technology can deliver major economic, environmental and energy system benefits to Europe. Heat pumps use renewable energy and may be the single most efficient technology for heating and cooling, particularly when both services...

Affordable renewable energy supply for high energy efficiency in German building sector

A study commissioned by the organization Agora Energiewende and the European Climate Foundation finds that high energy efficiency in buildings is a condition for affordable renewable energy supply.
Efficiency reduces costs and risks, creates many benefits and opportunities. The study assesses how climate targets can be achieved at the lowest possible cost and what role building efficiency plays in the energy system.   The study...

Energy-efficient Buildings contractual Public-Private Partnership: 2018 Progress Monitoring Report

The document prepared by ECTP provides a critical analysis of the Energy-efficient Buildings contractual Public-Private Partnership (EeB cPPP) progress in the implementation of its multiannual roadmap, a summary of progress achieved and an...
The Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB) cPPP is a partnership between the European Commission (EC) and the private sector as represented by the private members of the EeB cPPP Partnership Board and supported by the Energy Efficient Buildings...

Play Solutions for Energy-Efficiency Deep Renovation of European Building Stock

Ninety percent of the existing building stock in Europe was built before 1990. These buildings are in urgent need for a significant improvement of energy-efficiency through renovation.   State-of-the-art renovation solutions are available...

Energy efficiency in new buildings: experiences from Denmark

A key question for energy planners is whether today’s investments in energy infrastructure should be based on traditional fossil fuels or on energy efficiency and savings and renewable energy technologies?   The traditional fossil fuel...

Private rental sector and home energy retrofit investment in Scotland

This report is an introduction to the issue of effective government policy with respect to energy efficient retrofit in the private rental secto, and to some of the evidence that relates to the topic.   It is intended to be relevant to...

High energy performance buildings under Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency

The European Commission has published a report on high energy performing buildings, showcasing EU funded innovation and market uptake projects.   A total of 24 projects funded under the Energy Efficiency part of the Horizon 2020 programme...

CraftEdu: A Horizon 2020 project setting up national qualification and training schemes for craftsmen in the Czech Republic and developing the further offer of training courses in Slovakia, Austria and Bulgaria

Project concept CraftEdu develops innovative qualification and training schemes for craftsmen and on-site workers in the field of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in buildings. It creates learning materials and paves...

Energy Efficiency 2018, the IEA Market Report

Global energy demand grew by 2% in 2017 after two years of low growth. An increase in energy using activities across many countries, regions and sectors outweighed ongoing progress on energy efficiency. Global energy intensity fell by 1.7...

Vulnerable consumer empowerment in a smart meter world

SMART‐UP is a cross‐European research project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 grant fund.
The overarching aim of SMART-UP project was to understand the impact that tailored energy advice can have on the active use of a smart meter and in‐home display to manage energy consumption in vulnerable households. It did so by developing...

Guideline for cost benefit analysis of grid development projects

This Guideline for Cost Benefit Analysis of Grid Development Projects is developed in compliance with the requirements of the EU Regulation (EU) 347/2013.   The Regulation is intended to ensure a common framework for multi-criteria cost-...

Guidance on Innovation Procurement: the Commission notice

Adopted in the context of the Communication on “A renewed European Agenda for Research and Innovation – Europe’s chance to shape its technological leadership” and the input to the Leaders’ informal dinner in Sofia on 16 May 2018, this...

Results from the UNECE third meeting on energy efficiency standards in buildings

A workshop on validation of preliminary results of mapping of existing technologies to enhance energy efficiency buildings has been held under the auspices of the Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings as the third...

Towards large scale deep renovation: unlocking Ireland’s potential

The aim of this report is to present the results of the first part of the ECCoPro consultation process: October 2017 to January 2018. The first part of the report describes how a framework for holistic energy efficiency training of...

Local energy and climate roadmaps: 5 city visions for 2050

The EU is currently designing a new 2050 strategy for reducing its GHG emissions, which should be compatible with the Paris climate agreement. Many European cities have already engaged in the long-term planning for the mid-century mark....

Balancing preservation and energy efficiency in building retrofits

Energy conservation has become one of the primary goals of architecture and engineering design today, especially when retrofitting existing buildings.   The desire to improve the energy efficiency of an existing building must be balanced...

Spreadsheet with LCCs: a database for benchmarking actual NZEB life-cycle costs of the case studies

The EPBD recast established that all new buildings have to reach by the end of 2020 the nZEB target set by the Member States. The scope of this report is to provide a CRAVEzero cost spreadsheet, implementing a comprehensive and structured...