Practices

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Behaviour change for energy efficiency: a policy brief from the Policy Learning Platform on Low-carbon economy

Behavioural issues need to be considered in all aspects of the energy transition, from improving awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energies, to making sure that technologies are easy to use, and that financial...
Whilst major investments are being made into new technologies and materials for improving energy efficiency, there are a number of human-related factors that also need to be addressed. Strategies and targets need to be in line with the...
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ESCO renovation model of the hospital in Karlovac Croatia

The project is part of the 2014-2015 Programme of Energy Renovation of Public Sector Buildings, adopted by the Croatian Government in 2013. This Programme has generated 57 public procurement procedures for the provision of EPC, 21 signed...
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Typical Meteorological Year data sets for building energy performance

This article presents a method to generate Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) data sets for use in calculations of the energy performance of buildings, based on satellite derived solar radiation data and other meteorological parameters...
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Benchmarks for environmental impact of housing in Europe: archetypes and LCA of the residential building stock

The study describes the results of a full LCA applied to 24 statistically-based dwelling archetypes, representative of the EU housing stock in 2010.   The aim is to quantify the average environmental impacts related to housing in Europe...
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Energy Savings Scenarios 2050, a study commissioned by The Coalition for Energy Savings

As part of its internal reflection on the development of a 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision, the Coalition for Energy Savings has commissioned Fraunhofer ISI to assess the potential for energy savings by 2050 under three different scenarios....
This study was commissioned by The Coalition for Energy Savings as part of the project “Developing a 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision”. The project is financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).
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EU energy market reports on 2018 third quarter

The European Commission’s latest reports on gas and electricity markets, which cover the third quarter of 2018, contains a wide range of data about supply and usage of electricity and gas in the EU.   The electricity market report...
News

ENERFUND – A tool to identify building energy retrofit opportunities

The ENERFUND tool aims to scale up investments in deep renovation of buildings across Europe. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, it provides key stakeholders such as financing institutions, energy service companies...
By Alexandros G. Charalambides, Cyprus University of Technology.
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EU Building Stock Observatory

In recent years energy efficiency of the building stock has been recognised as a significant route to contribute towards meeting the European Union’s energy targets, by reducing energy demand and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions....
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NZEB: Concepts, frameworks and roadmap for project analysis and implementation

Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB): Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation provides readers with the elements they need to understand, combine and contextualize design decisions on Net Zero Energy Buildings...
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Climate change: trees to the rescue

Bringing nature back into cities can help fight global warming.   Fighting climate change is the challenge of the century. The last UN Environment Emissions Gap Report warned that, in order to ensure global warming stays below 2°C, efforts...
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Global warming of 1.5°C IPCC Special Report

This report was presented by IPCC the 4th of December 2018 at Katowice’s COP 24   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Report_on_Global_Warming_of_1.5_%C2%B0C   An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-...
The IPCC prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response options. The IPCC also produces Special Reports, which are an assessment on a specific issue and Methodology...
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UKGBC Embodied Carbon – Client Brief

With the increasingly successful reduction of operational energy (and thus carbon emissions) in the built environment, the industry’s next challenge is to reduce the carbon intensity of the structures themselves.   We know that clients...
Practical guidance to enable built environment clients to begin requesting embodied carbon measurements and how to act on the results.  
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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...