Practices

TightVent Europe newsletter issue #15 - November 2018

The 2018 joint AIVC – TightVent – venticool conference Smart Ventilation for buildings in Juan-Les-Pins, France, proved highly successful with more than 200 participants from 27 countries attending the event and confirming once again the...

The ESCO Market in the EU Enlargement and Neighbouring Countries

The present study aims at giving an overview of the status of the ESCO market in the EU Enlargement and Neighbouring Countries, contextualising the legal frameworks and identifying the barriers that slow down the development of the energy...
During the 2013-2015 period, the ESCO markets of the EU Enlargement and Neighbouring Countries (namely Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine,...

World Green Building Trends 2018 Smart Market Report

The international market for green construction projects has grown significantly in the last 10 years and demand for green building activity is poised to grow in the next three years, according to a new report and industry survey published...

Financing the inclusive city: a case study of the Danish model of affordable and social housing

Normally, the task of providing affordable and social housing falls to local governments and their administrations. Municipalities must single-handedly work out how to deliver and finance affordable and social housing in a city context...

New Catalogue of technical and operational criteria for shallow geothermal systems

The GRETA project aims at demonstrating the potential of shallow geothermal energy in the Alpine Space. This kind of tools helps fostering the integration of this technology into future energy plans at different administrative levels.  ...

Renovating your home and fighting climate change at the same time is now affordable and more convenient thanks to the EU-funded ABRACADABRA project.

To know more about it, join its closing events in Brussels on 6-7 February 2019.   Tackling climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, in order to prevent huge repercussions for the planet’s ecosystem, has become...

Behaviour change for energy efficiency: the workshop outcome report

The human dimension plays a complementary role to technology and innovation in delivering the full energy efficiency potential required to achieve the world’s energy and environmental goals.   To take this commitment forward, IPEEC, the...

Energy Efficient Scotland: the route map

This route map for the Energy Efficient Scotland programme sets out the journey national homes, businesses and public buildings will take to become more energy efficient.
Scottish Ministers designated energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority in 2015, recognising the many benefits delivered by improving the energy performance of our buildings. The Programme Energy Efficient Scotland...

Building 4 People: Quantifying the benefits of energy renovation investments in schools, offices and hospitals

The impact of building renovation on health, well-being and productivity could improve the lives of more than 200 million Europeans. This set of publications, developed by BPIE and commissioned by Buildings 2030, takes an important step...

Low-carbon energy finance: new insights for modelers and policy makers

While many studies analyse the innovation, diffusion, and cost developments of low-carbon energy technologies, little research is dedicated to analysing the financing dynamics of these technologies. On November 27, 2018,...

Energy Efficiency accelerating the shift to a decarbonised Europe

Companies call for net-zero emissions by 2050 to help transition to low-carbon economy.   Climate change is defining our era. If our behavior doesn’t change, we risk missing the moment when we can avoid the disastrous consequences of...

A new book on Building Performance Simulation and Characterisation of Adaptive Facades

This book is based upon work from COST Action TU 1403 adaptive facade network, supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology). COST is a pan-European intergovernmental framework. Its mission is to enable break-through...
The unique feature of adaptive facades is their capability to adapt physical properties (i.e. thermooptical, structural, etc.) in a reversible way as a response to and/or to adjust to transient boundary conditions (either external, such as...

Research&Innovation enabling the EU's energy transition

The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) aims at accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies, at improving new technologies and at bringing down their costs, by coordinating national research...
The SET Plan promotes cooperation amongst EU countries, companies, research institutions and the EU itself. It has confirmed its role as a platform for knowledge exchange and for partnership creation, evolving and adapting to address low-...

Ex-post assessment of Public Private Partnership: a guide for public authorities

The purpose of this report is to help public authorities who are responsible either for implementing and monitoring Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) or for devising PPP policy to define and plan ex-ante those performance...

Fostering local fiscal policies to promote renewable energy sources at a municipal level

The LOCAL Policies for GREEN Energy initiative (LOCAL4GREEN, 2016-2019 execution period) is a project financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) within the framework of...
The aim of the LOCAL4GREEN project is to help local authorities to establish and implement innovative local fiscal policies which are geared towards promoting renewable energy sources in the public-private sector and in homes especially...

Spatial representation of low-voltage network hosting capacity for photovoltaic roof-top installations using an open-source tool

Just as solar cadastres have become the norm to assess the roof-top PV potential in the last years, assessing the hosting capacity of the low-voltage network for electrical production is on the path to becoming a necessity for an efficient...

Scalable innovative financing for smart buildings

The clean energy transition represents a key opportunity for public authorities, investors and businesses to unlock financing for Smart Buildings and address the needs of European citizens while driving the energy transition forward.  ...

The European EPC market

Within H2020 guarantEE project, 14 experienced partners will develop innovative business and financing models for performance-based ESCO (Energy Service COmpanies) projects. For rented facilities, the aim is to develop and test solutions...

Italian white certificates: the new rules

The Italian white certificates scheme (WhC) has been facing in the last years serious issues, related to the lack of certificates to cover the scheme’s target, skyrocketing market prices, frauds with simplified (standard) energy saving...

The Project ENLARGE: 31 best practices to renovate governance in Europe

ENLARGE is a two-year project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It aims to generate and disseminate knowledge on participatory governance with focus on sustainable energy, through a process of...
ENLARGE aims to generate and disseminate knowledge on participatory governance -- with focus on sustainable energy -- through a process of dialogue and exchange involving policymakers, civil society actors and practitioners.   The report...