Environmental issues related to buildings

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Massachusetts Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020

The Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary of Massachussets (USA) set on 29 December 2010 the statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limit for 2020 required by the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2008 at 25 percent below 1990 levels, the...
Between 2007 and the end of 2010, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems installed and scheduled for installation in Massachusetts increased 20-fold — with jobs in solar manufacturing, installation, and services nearly tripling  while installed...

Plan Bâtiment Grenelle - Rapport du groupe de travail Valeur Verte sur le parc tertiaire

This report from the French "Plan Bâtiment Grenelle" concerns the Green Value of the existing commercial buildings stock, especially office buildings. It provides: 1. An update on initiatives related to sustainable development in buildings property...

Propositions pour développer les énergies renouvelables appliquées au bâtiment

This report from the French "Plan Bâtiment Grenelle" contains proposals in order to develop the use of renewable energy sources (biomass, solar thermal, heat pumps, district heating, geothermal, photovoltaics, wind) in buildings.

Questions & Answers: new energy labels for televisions, refrigerators, dishwashers and washing machines

On 20 December 2010 the European Commission has published a memo with various questions and answers regarding the new energy labels for white goods.
What are the main differences between the old and the new label? The new labelling system allows up to three classes (A+ to A+++) to be added on top of class A so as to provide consumers with more differentiation between...

Low and net zero energy buildings with EPS insulation

This slide presentation is the contribution of EUMEPS (European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene) to the 5th Global Insulation Conference that took place in London in September 2010.

Glass for Europe suggests a revision of the Energy Action Plan

Glass for Europe, the trade association for Europe's manufacturers of building, automotive and transport glass, urges the European Commission to rapidly equip Europe with a robust and ambitious new Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Glass products,...

Finland: towards carbon-neutral municipalities

Two years ago, five Finnish municipalities decided to curb their greenhouse gas emissions by more than required under EU objectives, and ahead of schedule. Now, the project proves that with the help of modern technology such a target is attainable...
The municipalities aim to achieve carbon neutrality, i.e. to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions by a minimum of 80 percent from the 2007 level by 2030. One of them has adopted an even more ambitious objective: a 30 percent reduction...

ACE 20th Anniversary Conference

To mark its 20th Anniversary the Architects’ Council of Europe organised a Conference at the European Parliament on the 3rd of December, as well as a Ceremony and Walking dinner at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. The Conference at the...
On the evening, the Ceremony and Walking dinner at the Palais des Beaux Arts were opened by Selma Harrington, President of the ACE and addressed by a number of international speakers, including Rosen Plevneliev, Minister of Regional...