Practices

The Energy improvement of school buildings: Analysis and proposals for action

The objective of this research is to identify a tool of analysis applicable to school buildings that, through simple input information, can make immediate assessment reduction of energy consumption for heating and associated reduction of...

Smart Readiness Indicator: driving the uptake of smart solutions in buildings

This report summarizes the highlights from the European Copper Institute's (ECI) inputs to the Interim Report and the Second Progress Report by the consortium on the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings. ECI welcomes the...

Business leadership in the transition to renewable electricity

This paper provides a framework for companies seeking to demonstrate leadership in the transition towards a clean energy economy powered by 100% renewable electricity. It draws on best practice already being implemented by leading...

Level(s): towards an holistic approach to sustainable architecture and construction

With resource consumption in the EU reaching ever more unsustainable levels, DG Environment, together with DG Grow and DG Energy, developed a reporting scheme to help the construction sector quantify and mitigate its impact. The resulting...
On 25 June, in collaboration with BUILD UP, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) organised a webinar to invite architects to engage with piloting the Level(s) scheme. The event was moderated by Dr. Judit Kimpian, Chair of the ACE...

The business case for healthy buildings: insights from early adopters

Inspired by a growing body of evidence that healthy buildings can have a positive effect on both human health and real estate performance, this report highlights the key certification standards in use in the marketplace, explores recent...

Cost Efficient Options and Financing Mechanisms for nearly Zero Energy Renovation of existing Building Stock

This publishable report integrates all the knowledge gained from the CERtuS project in an easy-to-use hand book that aims to inform the CERtuS target groups and the wider public about the Project achievements. It is addressed principally...

Inter-laboratory Comparison of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lamps

This Inter-laboratory Comparison testing project is one of a series of efficient lighting compliance activities under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative project “Securing...

Energy efficiency in buildings: how to accelerate investments?

This conference, which took place on 11 December 2017, was co-organised by the European Commission and the French Ministry of Ecological & Solidary Transition, in partnership with UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEPFI), the Energy...

European project leads to new standard for photovoltaic classification

European researchers developed a new classification system for photovoltaic (PV) devices, which can be used to reliably estimate their efficiency under real operating conditions.
The findings of the EURAMET ENG55 PhotoClass Project, which involved a consortium of six European National Metrology Institutes (NMIs), the Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland), TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH...

The Future of Cooling: Opportunities for energy efficient air conditioning

Cooling down is catching on. As incomes rise and populations grow, especially in the world’s hotter regions, the use of air conditioners is becoming increasingly common. In fact, the use of air conditioners and electric fans already...

Development of a framework for reliability-centered maintenance of NZE settlements

ZERO-PLUS project - Development of a framework for reliability-centered maintenance of NZE settlements   The monitoring and evaluation of the settlements’ performance is an essential part of the ZERO-PLUS project. The...

Development of intelligent models for realtime performance assessment of NZE settlements

ZERO-PLUS project - Development of intelligent models for realtime performance assessment of NZE settlements   The monitoring and evaluation of the settlements’ performance is an essential part of the ZERO-PLUS project. ...

Unglazed Solar Thermal Systems for Building Integration, coupled with District Heating Systems

The connection of a solar thermal (ST) façade system to a district heating system allows for the direct use of ST heat in the building while taking profit from the network for delivery/selling of excess heat and purchase of heat during...

Design of consumer thermal substations for the integration of distributed solar technologies in District Heating systems

In most cases, building service designers choose between Solar thermal (ST) and District Heating (DH) technologies for their integration in buildings. By doing so, only a fraction of the buildings within a particular district is used for...

Energy Consumption and Energy Efficiency Trends in the EU-28 2000-2015

This report aims at showing the present status of energy consumption in the EU-28, in the four main energy consuming sectors: residential, tertiary, transport and industry. During the last years, there have been efforts by the European...
Policy context The report is set in the context of the legislative framework which relates to energy efficiency in the EU-28. The main horizontal policy measures implemented at EU level that aim to directly or indirectly...

Smart grid projects outlook 2017

The 2017 Outlook offers a snapshot of the state of play and of the latest developments in the field of smart grids in Europe. The analysis is based on a database of 950 R & D and demonstration projects, totaling around EUR 5 billion of...
The power system and market are at the centre stage of the European Union's energy policies. The recent measures proposed by the European Commission with the ‘Clean energy for all Europeans’ package rely on smart technologies, solutions...

Study on Mapping of Existing Energy Efficiency Standards and Technologies in Buildings

Existing building energy standards in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region vary from voluntary guidelines to mandatory requirements, which may apply to one or many building types. Their development is typically...

EUSALP Energy Survey 2017 - The Alpine macro-region in numbers

Reliable energy data are the basis for decision-makers to define, to implement and to monitor the effectiveness of energy policies. In order to implement a well-informed macro-regional energy strategy that responds to the needs and...

Lessons from the Climate Investment Funds experience in scaling-up energy efficiency

A study to better understand the effective use of concessional climate finance in scaling up investment in energy efficiency in middle-income countries, with a focus on demand-side energy efficiency.
The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) were established in 2008 to provide scaled-up climate financing to developing countries to initiate transformational change towards a low carbon, climate resilient development. Channelled through the...

Trust EPC South final workshop: market opportunities and challenges of financing energy efficiency

The overall objective of Trust EPC South is to scale up investments on Energy Efficiency (EE) and Sustainable Energy technologies in the private tertiary sector of southern European countries, with a particular focus on EPC projects. This...