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Energy prices and costs in Europe

In January 2019 the European Commission published the third report on energy prices and costs in Europe. Published every two years, this most recent report finds that wholesale energy prices have fallen in recent years due to increasing...
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The ExcEED database for buildings of the future features the demonstration case Casa Hoval

The ExcEED project (European Energy Efficient building district Database) is funded by the European Commission under the H2020 programme and aims at collecting data coming from new, modern and energy efficient buildings (such as energy...
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Sustainable use of biomass in the residential sector

In the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), biomass burning for heat production in households has emerged as a major issue where a better balance between “decarbonisation” benefits and negative impacts on air quality...
This report has been prepared in support of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).
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Sustainable energy modelling of non-interconnected Mediterranean islands

Several Mediterranean islands are not connected to the main electricity grid yet meaning that independent local grids cater for their power requirements, mainly using imported fossil fuels whose resources scarcity, especially during the...
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What is a Nearly zero energy building? Overview, implementation and comparison of definitions

This paper focuses on the definition of Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) that represent one of the greatest opportunities to increase energy savings in Europe. As this term appears to be subject to different interpretations, the paper...
The reduction of energy consumption in buildings is an important pillar of the European strategy to ensure that future climate and energy targets are reached.
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OVERVIEW | Zero-Energy Buildings: does the definition influence their design and implementation?

In the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, 2010/31/EU), the term Nearly Zero-Energy Building (commonly abbreviated as NZEB) was introduced and defined as a “building that has a very high energy performance… the nearly...
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Sustainable design of buildings: a technical report by the JRC

The research project EFIResources: Resource Efficient Construction towards Sustainable Design supports European policies related to the efficient use of resources in construction. Its major goal is the development of a performance-based...
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EeB PPP Promising Technologies Brochures 2018

ECTP has just issued the 2018 edition of the EeB PPP Promising Technologies Brochures that showcase successful technologies with a high market potential identified among the EeB PPP projects. The brochures focus on 5 market-oriented topics...
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Discussing Finance - Financing Energy Efficiency in Malta and Italy

The Sustainable Energy Investment Forums are a series of workshops and seminars, organised under a contract managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME). On 22 November 2018 a ‘Financing Energy Efficiency in Malta...
By Prof. Dr. Simon Paul Borg, University of Malta
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Sustainability tool for assessment, planning, learning, and engaging (STAPLE)

In the construction industry, the popularity of sustainability and its benefits have been on the rise in recent years.   Alas, with various building sustainability assessment schemes on the market, there is still no single general method...
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FACADE 2018 – ADAPTIVE!: Final conference COST TU1403 proceedings

On 26th and 27th November 2018, the Competence Centre Building Envelope of Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts once again hosted the international conference FACADE 2018 at the KKL Lucerne. This year’s event has been also the...
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New CoNZEBs report

The CoNZEBs team has completed the activity on the identification of potential cost reductions in the design and construction processes. The scientific partners and the housing organisations assessed the cost related to the design and...
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The iBRoad project publishes a new report on the concept and benefits of the Individual Building Renovation Roadmap

The report “The iBRoad concept in practice” gives an overview of the potential services to be provided by the relevant software itself, as well as of the potential links with other tools or services available on the market, and present the...
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Energy efficiency: the value of buildings and the payment default risk

Energy efficiency is "an energy source in its own right". By 2030 more energy will be saved than the amount of oil-based energy then, thus energy efficiency is expected to actually become the “first fuel”.   To realise the sustainable...
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Artificial Intelligence to boost productivity and improve energy efficiency: a European perspective

The report introduce AI as a generic term that refers to any machine or algorithm that is capable of observing its environment, learning, and based on the knowledge and experience gained, take intelligent actions or propose decisions....
This report presents a European view of Artificial Intelligence (AI) based on independent research and analysis by the European Commission Joint Research Centre to inform the debate at the European level.
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Make homes healthier for people and planet

On 12th December the World Green Building Council launched a new guide to creating healthier homes that in turn, are healthier for the planet. The guide takes a combination of the latest research into air quality, thermal and acoustic...
In conjunction with the World Climate Summit at COP24, the World Green Building Council launches Healthier Homes, Healthier Planet guide.
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Sulgrave Gardens Housing - Passive certified development - London

Sulgrave Gardens comprises 30 family homes in four blocks with a mix of typologies (houses, apartments and maisonettes) and tenures (9 homes for affordable rent, 13 for shared ownership and 8 private houses) in a conservation area in West...
Sulgrave Gardens is a well-designed scheme with good architectural detail that over time is ageing well. Cartwright Pickard put a lot of resources into the project looking at the detail so that the finished product has got the right...
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Passive certified Office building "Aeroplis II"

Aeropolis is an urban UFO. Its compact form sits square on street alignment south just to show it does belong there, discretely steps back west liberating a sunny plaza like a breather off the busy boulevard, and humbly aligns its cornice...
Office building designed to use minimum energy and take what it needs from renewable sources, while offering optimal comfort for occupants – which was delivered in 06/2011
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Obvion Green Storm : Pioneering RMBS Green Mortgage project NL

In 2016, Obvion issued Europe's first 100% green RMBS (Residential Mortgage Backed Security); meaning the assets backing the bond are green residential mortgages, ie. linked to energy efficient homes, and that the proceeds of the bond...
Obvion NV is a residential mortgage provider in the Dutch market and a wholly owned subsidiary of Rabobank.
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Embodied carbon reduction in 100+ regulations and rating systems globally

The growth of global urban population drives unprecedented construction, resulting in embodied carbon emissions from new buildings alone to excess of 100 gigatons by 2060. If all construction activity, including infrastructure and...
The Embodied Carbon Review reports the results of how embodied carbon, that is, the carbon emissions from construction materials, is addressed in certifications and regulations globally. This unique research was conducted by Bionova Ltd (...