Practices

Play Solutions for Energy-Efficiency Deep Renovation of European Building Stock

Ninety percent of the existing building stock in Europe was built before 1990. These buildings are in urgent need for a significant improvement of energy-efficiency through renovation.   State-of-the-art renovation solutions are available...

Energy efficiency in new buildings: experiences from Denmark

A key question for energy planners is whether today’s investments in energy infrastructure should be based on traditional fossil fuels or on energy efficiency and savings and renewable energy technologies?   The traditional fossil fuel...

Private rental sector and home energy retrofit investment in Scotland

This report is an introduction to the issue of effective government policy with respect to energy efficient retrofit in the private rental secto, and to some of the evidence that relates to the topic.   It is intended to be relevant to...

High energy performance buildings under Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency

The European Commission has published a report on high energy performing buildings, showcasing EU funded innovation and market uptake projects.   A total of 24 projects funded under the Energy Efficiency part of the Horizon 2020 programme...

CraftEdu: A Horizon 2020 project setting up national qualification and training schemes for craftsmen in the Czech Republic and developing the further offer of training courses in Slovakia, Austria and Bulgaria

Project concept CraftEdu develops innovative qualification and training schemes for craftsmen and on-site workers in the field of energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources in buildings. It creates learning materials and paves...

Energy Efficiency 2018, the IEA Market Report

Global energy demand grew by 2% in 2017 after two years of low growth. An increase in energy using activities across many countries, regions and sectors outweighed ongoing progress on energy efficiency. Global energy intensity fell by 1.7...

Vulnerable consumer empowerment in a smart meter world

SMART‐UP is a cross‐European research project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 grant fund.
The overarching aim of SMART-UP project was to understand the impact that tailored energy advice can have on the active use of a smart meter and in‐home display to manage energy consumption in vulnerable households. It did so by developing...

Guideline for cost benefit analysis of grid development projects

This Guideline for Cost Benefit Analysis of Grid Development Projects is developed in compliance with the requirements of the EU Regulation (EU) 347/2013.   The Regulation is intended to ensure a common framework for multi-criteria cost-...

Guidance on Innovation Procurement: the Commission notice

Adopted in the context of the Communication on “A renewed European Agenda for Research and Innovation – Europe’s chance to shape its technological leadership” and the input to the Leaders’ informal dinner in Sofia on 16 May 2018, this...

Results from the UNECE third meeting on energy efficiency standards in buildings

A workshop on validation of preliminary results of mapping of existing technologies to enhance energy efficiency buildings has been held under the auspices of the Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings as the third...

Towards large scale deep renovation: unlocking Ireland’s potential

The aim of this report is to present the results of the first part of the ECCoPro consultation process: October 2017 to January 2018. The first part of the report describes how a framework for holistic energy efficiency training of...

Local energy and climate roadmaps: 5 city visions for 2050

The EU is currently designing a new 2050 strategy for reducing its GHG emissions, which should be compatible with the Paris climate agreement. Many European cities have already engaged in the long-term planning for the mid-century mark....

Balancing preservation and energy efficiency in building retrofits

Energy conservation has become one of the primary goals of architecture and engineering design today, especially when retrofitting existing buildings.   The desire to improve the energy efficiency of an existing building must be balanced...

Spreadsheet with LCCs: a database for benchmarking actual NZEB life-cycle costs of the case studies

The EPBD recast established that all new buildings have to reach by the end of 2020 the nZEB target set by the Member States. The scope of this report is to provide a CRAVEzero cost spreadsheet, implementing a comprehensive and structured...

Indoor Environmental Quality Survey: ExcEED contribution to healthier buildings

A good Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) encompassing air quality, thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics, is a cornerstone to ensure health, comfort, wellbeing and productivity of the building occupants, who spend around 90% of their...

Deep energy renovation of traditional buildings: addressing knowledge gaps and skills training in Ireland

The primary intent of this research project is to review the current state of knowledge and risks relating to the deep energy renovation of traditional buildings, which have different hygroscopic and thermal behaviors to buildings of...

Connecting the Knowhow of Design, Production and Construction Professionals through Mixed Reality to Overcome Building’s Performance Gaps

Abstract At present European buildings typically consume two to five times more energy than predicted at the design stage. An important cause of this performance gap is the discrepancies between the design specification...

Better business guide to energy saving

This guide shows how to identify measures where energy and cost savings can be easily made with little or no cost. It is designed for use by anyone new to carbon saving (especially in smaller businesses) and recognises that not everyone...

EU energy in figures: statistical pocketbook 2018

EU energy statistical pocketbook (2018 version) provides energy statistics for all EU countries and the EU as a whole, covering areas including energy production and consumption, socio-economic indicators, and the impact of the energy...

Energy Community Secretariat issues policy guidelines for eastern European prosumers

The international organization, which aims to extend the good practices of the EU’s internal energy market to southeastern Europe and the Black Sea region, has released new guidelines for the grid integration of distributed generation...
  The Energy Community Secretariat, an international organization run by the EU and the governments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine –...