Practices

OVERVIEW | Quality Management within Building Commissioning

  by: Anita Derjanecz, REHVA Managing Director - Francesco Mariottini, REHVA Assistant Project Engineer     Quality management and building commissioning are key tools in closing the gap between designed and actual energy performance of...

Energy efficiency’s ‘best kept secret’ delights district renovation experts

CITyFiED City members and consortium experts discovered energy efficiency’s ‘best kept secret’ Ludwigshafen and neighbouring Mannheim 30 November – 1 December 2017   Situated in the dynamic and industrial Rhein-Necker region,...

OVERVIEW | Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings – What’s the next step: zero energy or plus energy?

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The recast EPBD Article 9 requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) by 31 December 2020, and new buildings...

OVERVIEW | Evolution of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

  by Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team)     The EU’s legislative framework for energy efficient buildings was strengthened in 2002 with the adoption of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD – Directive 2002/91/EC),...

OVERVIEW | Nanomaterials in the built environment

by Dimitra Papadaki (NKUA)   The growing field of nanotechnology can be found in healthcare, electronics, cosmetics, information technology, and environmental protection, but also in the building sector. It involves the production of...

OVERVIEW | Alleviating Urban Heat Island in the Context of Climate Change

by Vasileios Ntouros (NKUA)   Urban Heat Island (UHI) is known to have significant impacts on the environment, giving rise to ambient temperatures in and around rural areas. At the same time, climate change issues are intensifying the UHI...

OVERVIEW | Smart HVAC systems in buildings and energy savings

by François Durier (CETIAT)   Advanced controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can reduce consumption in unoccupied zones of a building. They can also continuously adapt the operation to fit the demand and...

OVERVIEW | Energy efficient university campus projects

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   Similarly to energy efficient school projects, university complexes offer the possibility to reduce the energy consumption of public buildings visited by young people....

OVERVIEW | Increasing the real estate value of existing buildings to counterbalance an energy retrofit

by Dimitra Papadaki (NKUA)   Retrofitting the existing building stock plays a key role in the reduction of energy consumption, fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Currently, in Europe about 35% of the buildings are over 50 years old...

OVERVIEW | Innovative technologies for deep renovation of buildings

by Konstantina Vasilakopoulou (NKUA) and Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team)   Acknowledging the significance of energy efficiency in the building sector, and more in particular of the need for energy retrofitting of the existing...

OVERVIEW | EU support for (deep) energy renovation of buildings

  by Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team)     As reported by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), deep renovation has the potential to reduce the energy consumption of the building stock by 36% until 2030. At the same time,...

OVERVIEW | Successful renovations through innovative financing

by Marina Laskari (NKUA)   The big majority of the EU building stock needs to be upgraded. It is well recognised that in order to achieve a decarbonised building stock by 2050, renovation will need to move at a faster pace and attract...

OVERVIEW | Energy poverty in Europe: Policies and recent initiatives

by Vasileios Ntouros (NKUA)   Energy poverty is an increasing socio-economic problem with severe health impacts and significant environmental implications. It is related to poor building quality and the occupants’ socio-economic status,...

OVERVIEW | Three times smart: Users, Buildings, and Electricity Grid

  Learnings for the development of the Smartness Indicator from an Austrian research and demonstration project     by Susanne Geissler (SERA energy & resources, Vienna)     This Overview Article presents selected findings of the...

OVERVIEW | Is HVAC system flexibility linked to energy savings?

by François Durier (CETIAT)   What do we mean by flexibility?   In the context of the energy performance of buildings, the flexibility of a system refers to its ability to adapt to changes, and the ease with which it responds to such...

OVERVIEW | Energy Performance of Buildings standards: past and future

by Tiziana Buso (REHVA)   Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB) standards are nowadays on every energy efficiency expert's lips. We are at a turning point in the road towards a homogenous energy efficiency market. However, the goal is not...

OVERVIEW | A BUILD UP view of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

  by Arla Fytrou-Moschopoulou (Sympraxis Team)     With the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme, which was announced on 27 October 2017, the European Commission aims for a greater impact of research funding by focusing on concrete critical...

Bright future for crowdfunding renewable energy projects in Europe

Crowdfunding renewable energy projects in Europe: a reality and bright perspectives   The CrowdFundRES partners talk about the state of play and potential of crowdfunding in Europe   The European PV solar energy conference EU PVSEC...

4th European ETICS Forum 2017 conference summary

The fourth European ETICS Forum 2017: a great success story   On 5 October 2017 the European Association for ETICS (EAE) held its 4th European ETICS Forum in Warsaw. The breathtaking modern architecture of the Polin Museum provided the...

OVERVIEW | Cost reduction of new Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings: which projects are in the pipeline?

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The deadline for new buildings to fulfil the Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) level as defined by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is approaching...