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IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities - Achieving near-zero energy use through open innovation

The International Energy Agency's Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA EBC) Programme carries out world class international collaborative research and development (R&D) through open innovation. The Programme's R&D activities...

Funding energy efficiency in buildings under Horizon 2020: Knowledge, research & innovation

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more...

Statistics on Europe's building stock: A guide to collecting, harmonising and sharing data

Better data is required to develop more energy efficient buildings. As the strategies for improving the energy performance of buildings become more complex, policy-makers need more and better data to design and evaluate policies and...

Indoor air quality and thermal comfort: Conserving energy, maintaining health

Looked at as a group, buildings form one of the largest consumers of energy in the world. Environmental concerns indicate that a reduction in the energy consumption of buildings is urgently needed. However, in this push for change the...

Superinsulating materials: State of the art applications and long term performance

The term ‘superinsulation’ refers to materials and technologies providing dramatically reduced heat transfer across the building envelope. This BUILD UP Web Seminar covers the main principles of superinsulation, reviews current materials...

Energy-efficient retrofitting of residential buildings: A holistic approach is required

Building new homes to meet the demanding energy efficiency regulations in Europe is essential, but the benefits will accrue slowly as it will take several decades before such houses form a significant proportion of the stock. The major...

Building and ductwork airtightness: Legislative drivers, new concerns and new approaches

The implementation of the EPBD recast puts increasing pressure on the market to achieve better building and ductwork airtightness: for most European climates and countries, good airtightness levels are necessary to achieve nearly zero-...