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Title page of the CoNZEBs report 'Assessment and exemplary solutions for cost reduction in the design and construction process'

New CoNZEBs report: Assessment and solutions for cost reduction in the design and construction process

The CoNZEBs team has completed the activity on the identification of potential cost reductions in the design and construction processes. The scientific partners and the housing organisations assessed the cost related to the design and planning phase...

Developing a Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings: the final report commissioned by DG ENERGY

This document summarizes the main conclusions of the technical study commissioned and supervised by the European Commission services (DG ENERGY) towards the development of a smart readiness indicator for buildings. In the revised Energy Performance...

The financing of renovation in the social housing sector

The renovation of social housing is the most obvious example of how environment and social justice considerations can be combined. Making renovation affordable for low-income social housing residents is the key question for social housing...
If one wants to have a short look back at how the European policymakers have dealt with the topic of renovation of housing over the last few years, 2010 would probably be a turning point. That year, on the one hand, the...

Energy sufficiency and rebound effects

This concept paper discusses how energy sufficiency and the rebound effect interact. Rebound effects can constrain the energy savings from energy efficiency improvements. The paper examines the nature of these effects, and ask the question...
The concept of energy sufficiency is gaining increasing attention as a potentially promising approach to mitigating climate change. However, there is no single agreed definition of energy sufficiency. Some authors consider...

Energy prices and costs in Europe

In January 2019 the European Commission published the third report on energy prices and costs in Europe. Published every two years, this most recent report finds that wholesale energy prices have fallen in recent years due to increasing...

Sustainable use of biomass in the residential sector

This report has been prepared in support of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).
In the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), biomass burning for heat production in households has emerged as a major issue where a better balance between “decarbonisation” benefits and negative impacts on air quality...

Sustainable energy modelling of non-interconnected Mediterranean islands

Several Mediterranean islands are not connected to the main electricity grid yet meaning that independent local grids cater for their power requirements, mainly using imported fossil fuels whose resources scarcity, especially during the...

What is a Nearly zero energy building? Overview, implementation and comparison of definitions

The reduction of energy consumption in buildings is an important pillar of the European strategy to ensure that future climate and energy targets are reached.
This paper focuses on the definition of Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) that represent one of the greatest opportunities to increase energy savings in Europe. As this term appears to be subject to different interpretations, the paper...

Sustainable design of buildings: a technical report by the JRC

The research project EFIResources: Resource Efficient Construction towards Sustainable Design supports European policies related to the efficient use of resources in construction. Its major goal is the development of a performance-based...

EeB PPP Promising Technologies Brochures 2018

ECTP has just issued the 2018 edition of the EeB PPP Promising Technologies Brochures that showcase successful technologies with a high market potential identified among the EeB PPP projects. The brochures focus on 5 market-oriented topics...