Practices

Figure 1.0 Example of an architecturally appealing BIPV Project (Source: http://www.bipv.ch/index.php/it/)

OVERVIEW | Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as a viable option among renewables

In the face of the urgent need to renovate and decarbonise the existing building stock, special focus is on building skins, such as roofs and facades, to make them more efficient through innovative solutions and materials, but also to generate energy. This is...
Representation of the different levels in Energy Flexibility of Buildings - Source: Annex67

OVERVIEW | Building operation: the elusive alignment of research, design and occupants

From January 2021 all new construction in the EU must achieve the nearly-zero energy buildings standard, and existing buildings will have to be renovated at a faster rate. While the carbon emissions from buildings in operation should be reduced, their actual...

OVERVIEW | Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as a viable option among renewables

In the face of the urgent need to renovate and decarbonise the existing building stock, special focus is on building skins, such as roofs and facades, to make them more efficient through innovative solutions and materials, but also to...

ReUseHeat quantified EU28 urban waste heat potential

The ReUseHeat report "Accessible Urban Waste Heat" shows a significant heat recovery potential from unconventional excess heat sources. Approximately 1.2 EJ (or 340 TWh) per year are possible to recover from data centres, metro stations,...

Indoor air pollution: the invisible enemy

Researchers are developing low-cost technologies to tackle indoor air pollution that is a growing menace. A new generation of electrostatic filters can capture even the smallest particles of household pollutants, using a little amount of...

Smart 3D modelling for buildings

Building information modelling (BIM) has disrupted the construction industry. The digital technology represents and processes all the characteristics of a building in its whole life-cycle, allowing architects, engineers and construction...

OVERVIEW | Building operation: the elusive alignment of research, design and occupants

From January 2021 all new construction in the EU must achieve the nearly-zero energy buildings standard, and existing buildings will have to be renovated at a faster rate. While the carbon emissions from buildings in operation should be...

When Smart Means Dim

An urban district in western Turkey is trialling a smart lighting system in a bid to cut energy bills and be more ecological.   The Yaşamköyü District in Tepebaşı, north-west Turkey has deployed a new intelligent lighting system along four...

Florence: Renaissance and smart future

The Italian city has recently become a model smart city by implementing a broad plan ranging from urban development to mobility and new tourism management   When you hear Uffizi, Accademia and David what do you think about? Florence, for...

OVERVIEW | Decarbonising the non-residential building stock

The building stock in the EU Member States is relatively old, on average 21.6% of the building stock was built before 1945, 45.4% was built before 1969 and 75.4% before 1990. With the exception of Cyprus, Ireland, and Luxembourg, the...