Practices

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Incorporating buildings actions in Nationally Determined Contributions: a guide from GABC

The buildings sector contributes nearly 40% to global energy-related annual GHG emissions (IEA/UNEP, 2018). Final energy demand from buildings is predicted to increase 50% by 2050 compared with 2015 levels under business as usual scenarios...
Incorporating fundable buildings sector Green House Gas (GHG) emission mitigation actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
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Set of Solutions for Affordable Zero Energy Buildings

This article summarizes all solutions collected through the European Project Affordable Zero Energy Buildings (AZEB) so far (april 2018). These solutions are the building blocks for the methodology to be developed within the project.   The...
Preliminary results for inclusion in the AZEB methodology.
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Recognising energy efficiency in value properties: impact on financial accounting and auditing

Marco Koot is an accounting partner of Vanhier, a middle-sized accounting firm in the Netherlands.   Vanhier is participating in a project which is co-funded by the EU. This project, called REVALUE, aims to lead the development of...
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The Embodied Carbon Review - Embodied carbon reduction in 100+ regulations and rating systems globally

The growth of global urban population drives unprecedented construction, resulting in embodied carbon emissions from new buildings alone to excess of 100 gigatons by 2060. If all construction activity, including infrastructure and...
Unique global review of the status quo of construction sector embodied carbon reduction approaches.   The Embodied Carbon Review reports the results of how embodied carbon, that is, the carbon emissions from construction materials, is...
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On the Evolution and Application of the Thermal Network Method for Energy Assessments in Buildings

This paper describes the evolution of the thermal network and its applications for making simplified thermal models of buildings by means of thermal resistances (R) and capacitances (C). In the literature, there are several modelling...
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Energy and thermal comfort management in a smart building facilitating a microgrid optimization

Efficient energy operation of microgrids that include a localized group of controllable loads with distributed energy resources (DERs) requires the development of energy management systems (EMSs) with the ability of controlling the loads...
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Solar thermal and wind energy applications: Case study of a small Spanish village

The present work examines the supply of heating and electricity to the Spanish village of Uruena, using biomass and other local renewable sources as a result of the growing interest worldwide towards the development of sustainable and...
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The adjacent walls effects in simplified thermal model of buildings

The thermal network method is a reliable approach to study the thermal performance of buildings. It is able to simulate the indoor temperature, heating and cooling loads by means of a set of ordinary differential equations. In this work, a...
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Field performance analysis of IEEE 802.15.4 XBee for open field and urban environment applications in Smart Districts

This paper analyses the performance of the Xbee-PRO IEEE 802.15.4 (ZigBee protocol) based Wireless Area Network transmission component for urban environment, as part of the Smart City concept. This embedded solution was designed to provide...
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Coupling Building Thermal Network and Control System, the First Step to Smart Buildings

Buildings are one of the main energy consumer and carbon emission sources in European countries. Population growth in cities may be effective for economic growth, but by considering overpopulated cities, making new efficient buildings and...
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A scheduling optimization model for minimizing the energy demand of a building using electric vehicles and a micro-turbin

High energy demand in corporate and/or public buildings is nowadays one of the main reasons of excessive energy consumption.   At the same time, electric vehicles (EVs) have become very popular worldwide being a considerable alternative...
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Building value: a pathway to circular construction finance

This report collects findings and outcomes from an open learning environment which involved several workshops and thematic deep dives. As an in-depth study, the report provides a reference for building commissioners and real estate...
The transition to a Circular Economy requires innovative business models that stimulate optimised use of repairable products, reusable components and recycling of materials. A Community of Practice was established in which experts from...
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Residential Retrofits at district scale

European countries must thoroughly modernize their building stock. The EU directives envision raising the refurbishment rate to around 3%, representing an estimated 110 million buildings across the EU. However, several barriers exist that...
InnoEnergy, IREC and AIGUASOL, have published the “Residential Retrofits at District Level” report. The study proposes “different business models for large-scale retrofitting of residential building stock in urban areas, including cost-...
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New briefing from BPIE: Policy Innovation for Building Renovation

Several countries and local authorities have introduced innovative policies and programmes to stimulate deep renovation and reduce the CO2 emissions of the building sector, yet a broad dissemination and application of these policies are...
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Waste heat from power plants hits home

District heating systems that use industrial waste are increasingly common, which helps the transition to a circular economy.   There is no such thing as a perfect energy efficient process. The second law of thermodynamics states that all...
Case

Sans-Souci project, Brussels, Belgium

The Sans-Souci project is remarkable for its scope and for its scale of intervention: the plot is about 300 meters long and 100 meters wide, which is equivalent to the area of 3 classical-small-size city blocks of the Brussels.   The...
The Ixelles municipality of Brussels gave new life to a sizeable and unstructured inner space of a large city block with the development of a housing and equipment complex with outstanding sustainability and energy efficiency performances...
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Passive Witness House CLK, Luxembourg

Being heavily involved in passive constructions, we wanted to create a thoughtful and sustainable building. We equipped our control house with a complete EnOcean wireless home automation system. This innovative technology works without any...
Smart Building winner - Green Solutions Awards 2018
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The Beehive (France)

Project type : New Construction   Building Type : Collective housing < 50m Number of Dwelling : 11 Dwelling Net Floor Area : 950 m2 Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season. Construction cost : 1 450 000 € The...
Low Carbon winner - Green Solutions Awards 2018
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Media Library Wild South, Reunion overseas deparment, France

The media library of Saint-Joseph (Reunion) questions the identity of the contemporary architecture of Reunion, that of the Sud Sauvage more precisely. It refers to images, block of basalt, fagot of vetyver, geko, kalbanon but especially...
Energy & Hot Climates winner - Green Solutions Awards 2018
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The financing of renovation in the social housing sector

If one wants to have a short look back at how the European policymakers have dealt with the topic of renovation of housing over the last few years, 2010 would probably be a turning point. That year, on the one hand, the Global Financial...
The renovation of social housing is the most obvious example of how environment and social justice considerations can be combined. Making renovation affordable for low-income social housing residents is the key question for social housing...