Practices

Combined seismic and energy upgrading of existing buildings using advanced materials

Case studies on Reinforced Concrete Buildings in South Europe.
Of the current EU building stock, 80% was built before the 90's, while 40% are pre-60's and a considerable amount being even older and classified as cultural patrimony, thus requiring preservation techniques if we want to maintain this...

Financing the renovation of the Cypriot building stock

Despite various government policies promoting energy efficiency in buildings over the last 15 years, Cyprus is still associated with a large untapped energy efficiency potential in this sector. The impact of different policy scenarios on...

Analysis of the annual reports 2018 under the Energy Efficiency Directive

This report discusses the progress towards the 2020 Energy Efficiency targets and towards the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED), providing an overview of the main energy trends in the...
  The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (the EED or the Directive), adopted in 2012, forms a key part of the EU's overall climate and energy legislative package, laying down the foundation for actions to be taken in order to help...

Design of a ventilation system coupled with a Horizontal Air-Ground Heat Exchanger

Energy consumption in new buildings can be reduced at the design stage.   This study optimizes the ventilation system design of a new residential building located in a warm climate (Southern Italy). Different system options of horizontal...

Integration of LCA tools in BIM toward a regenerative design

In the case of regenerative processes, design can receive significant benefits from information that can be obtained by applying the life cycle assessment methodology. The LCA (life cycle assessment) approach can be implemented both for a...

How renewables could change global geopolitics: a report by IRENA

The report was launched by the Commission at IRENA’s ninth Assembly in the presence of ministers and senior policy makers from more than 150 countries.
Political and business leaders from around the world have outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy. A report recently launched by the International...

Europe’s local energy challenges: stories from 17 multi city workshops

SHAPE ENERGY is Europe’s Platform for the energy-related Social Sciences & Humanities (energy-SSH) running over 2017-2019. A central component of the Platform’s work has been the organisation of 17 city workshops across 17 European...
The workshops aimed to explore the role of the Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) in meeting local or regional energy challenges: how do those working in energy at the local level feel SSH understandings could help...

One-stop-shops for energy renovations of buildings

This report offers a comparative review, but only limited analysis. A second report will follow with a deeper analytical assessment of the role of one-stop-shops (OSS) in the energy efficiency market, and in the energy system policy...
The “One-stop-shops for energy renovations of buildings” report is the exploratory review of case studies of past and current one-stop-shops (OSS) with a primary focus on the EU Member States. One-stop-shops are transparent and accessible...

Improving energy and resource efficiency in the European Construction Sector

The European Union has set out ambitions targets for energy efficiency and climate change over the coming decades. These targets have major implications for the construction sector, in terms of its overall resource efficiency and...

Behaviour change for energy efficiency: a policy brief from the Policy Learning Platform on Low-carbon economy

Whilst major investments are being made into new technologies and materials for improving energy efficiency, there are a number of human-related factors that also need to be addressed. Strategies and targets need to be in line with the...
Behavioural issues need to be considered in all aspects of the energy transition, from improving awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energies, to making sure that technologies are easy to use, and that financial...

Typical Meteorological Year data sets for building energy performance

This article presents a method to generate Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) data sets for use in calculations of the energy performance of buildings, based on satellite derived solar radiation data and other...

Benchmarks for environmental impact of housing in Europe: archetypes and LCA of the residential building stock

The study describes the results of a full LCA applied to 24 statistically-based dwelling archetypes, representative of the EU housing stock in 2010.   The aim is to quantify the average environmental impacts...

Energy Savings Scenarios 2050, a study commissioned by The Coalition for Energy Savings

This study was commissioned by The Coalition for Energy Savings as part of the project “Developing a 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision”. The project is financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).
As part of its internal reflection on the development of a 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision, the Coalition for Energy Savings has commissioned Fraunhofer ISI to assess the potential for energy savings by 2050 under...

EU energy market reports on 2018 third quarter

The European Commission’s latest reports on gas and electricity markets, which cover the third quarter of 2018, contains a wide range of data about supply and usage of electricity and gas in the EU.   The electricity market report...

NZEB: Concepts, frameworks and roadmap for project analysis and implementation

Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB): Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation provides readers with the elements they need to understand, combine and contextualize design decisions on Net Zero Energy Buildings...

Global warming of 1.5°C IPCC Special Report

The IPCC prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response options. The IPCC also produces Special Reports, which are an assessment on a specific issue and Methodology...
This report was presented by IPCC the 4th of December 2018 at Katowice’s COP 24   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Report_on_Global_Warming_of_1.5_%C2%B0C   An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-...

UKGBC Embodied Carbon – Client Brief

Practical guidance to enable built environment clients to begin requesting embodied carbon measurements and how to act on the results.  
With the increasingly successful reduction of operational energy (and thus carbon emissions) in the built environment, the industry’s next challenge is to reduce the carbon intensity of the structures themselves.   We know that clients...

Incorporating buildings actions in Nationally Determined Contributions: a guide from GABC

Incorporating fundable buildings sector Green House Gas (GHG) emission mitigation actions in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The buildings sector contributes nearly 40% to global energy-related annual GHG emissions (IEA/UNEP, 2018). Final energy demand from buildings is predicted to increase 50% by 2050 compared with 2015 levels under business as usual scenarios...

Set of Solutions for Affordable Zero Energy Buildings

Preliminary results for inclusion in the AZEB methodology.
This article summarizes all solutions collected through the European Project Affordable Zero Energy Buildings (AZEB) so far (april 2018). These solutions are the building blocks for the methodology to be developed within the project.  ...

Recognising energy efficiency in value properties: impact on financial accounting and auditing

Marco Koot is an accounting partner of Vanhier, a middle-sized accounting firm in the Netherlands.   Vanhier is participating in a project which is co-funded by the EU. This project, called REVALUE, aims to lead the development of...