Practices

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 –...

A first report on the Prioritee’s methodology to improve energy efficiency in public buildings

Low carbon economy is a key issue for territorial sustainable development and for EU objectives. In the Mediterranean area, the challenge is to develop solutions adapted to various regional contexts from densely urbanised areas with dense...

Review of technology assumptions for decarbonisation scenarios

Modelling scenarios for development of the energy system is highly dependent on the assumptions. An essential input to any modelling exercise are assumptions about the development of technologies - both in terms of performance and costs....

Minimum energy efficiency standards for a fair energy transition / Energetische Mindeststandards für eine sozial gerechte Wärmewende

In a joint factsheet, BPIE and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) recommend the introduction of minimum energy performance standards for rental buildings. In general, a household is said to be in energy poverty when its members...

Drivers of recent energy consumption trends across sectors in EU28

The report provides an overview of the drivers of recent trends in final energy consumption in the residential, services, transport and industry sectors. It is based on material presented at an expert workshop on Energy Consumption trend...
  This Report was commissioned by the European Commission, Directorate General for Energy, Energy Efficiency Unit, to provide an overview of the drivers of recent trends in final energy consumption and a first indication of the short-term...

Analysis and results of energy efficiency policies in Italy

ENEA is the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, a public body aimed at research, technological innovation and the provision of advanced services to enterprises, public administration and...
  Following the guidelines of the measures contained in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, presented at the end of 2016 by the European Commission, the 2017 National Energy Strategy (NES) confirms the key role of energy...

EREK Quarterly Sep'18 - Digitalisation and Resource Efficiency

Industry 4.0 is a buzzword now. New digital technologies and artificial intelligence are changing what we do at home, work and on the move. They are increasingly important to innovation, optimisation, and in boosting competitiveness and...

Stakeholder engagement in heat networks: a guide for project managers

The Carbon Trust prepared this guide based on an impartial analysis of primary and secondary sources, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of our heat network stakeholder engagement experts. The Carbon Trust is an organisation of...
  Heat networks have the potential to save carbon, save money, generate revenue, reduce fuel poverty and support economic development. The heat networks market in the UK has changed beyond recognition in recent years. There are new market...

Creating an energy efficient mortgage for Europe: towards a new market standard

Report launches during the 9th Annual World Green Building Week 2018, raising awareness and promoting the value of greener homes worldwide.
  The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) launched a new report setting out a vision for how mortgage lenders and borrowers can come together to help tackle climate change by improving millions of properties across Europe. The report...

Is ventilation the answer to indoor air quality control in buildings?

Selected recordings from the venticool webinar “Ventilative cooling and summer comfort: Freevent project in France”
  Ventilative cooling reduces overheating, improves summer comfort and decreases cooling loads. It is therefore one of the most efficient ways to improve summer comfort. Conditions on site, thermal inertia, solar control and other...

Bridging the gap between modelling and new policy expectations

BPIE and Climact were asked by EIT Climate-KIC to identify key gaps between previous modelling approaches and the expectations and demands for new, improved approaches that better meet policy expectations consistent with Paris Agreement...
  The objective of modeling is to support policy-makers so that they can develop a better sense of what is possible now, what shall be done in the future and help them take better-informed decisions. This piece of work is intended as a...

ZERO-PLUS newsletter #9 - September 2018

This is the ninth issue of the ZERO-PLUS (Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology) research project newsletter.   Contents include: Video with construction progress in the French...

Status and recommendations for better implementation of ventilative cooling in standards, legislation

This report, developed in the framework of International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities programme (IEA- EBC) Annex 62 Ventilative cooling, describes the current status of ventilative cooling in standards, legislation and...