In the context of the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive-EPBD (2010/31/EU), European Aluminium invites you to have a look at the animation explaining how to assess the thermal performance of windows.
Windows are different from other construction products: their performance cannot be reduced to insulation properties, as their solar gains and ventilative cooling matter as well.
Finally, the façade orientation, climate condition and window size define which properties matter the most.
Post date: 13 mei 2016
A healthy and cool indoor climate is a basic living right. Facility owners and managers make it a prime objective to guarantee this key necessity for their residents. Large investments in often complex cooling networks are required to fit the purpose of providing long lasting and energy efficient cooling solutions.
Reality tells a different story.
Post date: 15 feb 2016
Two minimal invasive refurbishment systems are currently being tested at two multi-family houses in Frankfurt, Germany. The first concept is based on the insulation of integrated ventilation ducts and supply through window opening. The other one consists of multi-functional window modules. Both systems are pre-fabricated and the primary refurbishment measures can be carried out from the outside. The aim is easier handling, improved flexibilty and easier integration with traditional construction processes.
Post date: 8 dec 2015
Italy: the energy efficiency way of the washing-machine shaped dwellings in Genoa A social housing district with poor insulation, a municipality that is meeting a long-standing demand by residents while transforming the area into a model for eco-sustainability San Pietro is a peripheral neighbourhood overlooking the city of Genoa, North-West of Italy. It is also known as Lavatrici (washing machines), because of the concrete slabs with empty circles that characterise the façades of its buildings.
Post date: 4 dec 2015
New near zero energy buildings are increasingly springing up around Europe, though their impact on reducing the region’s energy consumption will remain a drop in the ocean without a drive to take new technologies to existing building stock
Post date: 4 dec 2015
ISOBIO project uses low carbon materials for better energy performance in building envelopes to capture the imagination of homebuilders and owners
Post date: 24 nov 2015
The 28th edition of Restructura (26-29 November 2015) in Turin will offer main actors from the construction chain the possibility to discover innovative technologies which have been developed within the European EASEE project for energy efficiency in buildings.
On 26 November 2015 (2-4pm), the workshop “From design to implementation: innovative retrofitting approaches” will present technological solutions and related strategies to be implemented in the area of building renovation in terms of energy reduction.
Post date: 8 sep 2015
This report by the Department of Energy & Climate Change of the United Kingdom includes further analysis and geographical breakdowns of published statistics on Green Deal (GD) Assessments, Cashback, Green Deal Plans and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) measures, estimated carbon and energy savings from measures installed and supply chain activity. This release also includes updated information about Core Cities and Pioneer Places, ECO delivery costs and estimates of home insulation levels in Great Britain. Key points
Post date: 24 jun 2015
The growing awareness of the benefits of biomaterials has led ISOBIO, a European research project, to focus on developing insulating solutions relying on bio-based aggregates such as straw or clay.
The ISOBIO scientists say that by using locally sourced plant waste, it may be possible to halve the embodied energy involved in producing insulation panels. Plant waste has the added bonus of locking CO2 inside the insulation material, reducing its overall carbon footprint.
Post date: 22 jun 2015
Good news for those planning to build a new home: novel insulation materials based on plant waste, such as straw, clay and grass could offer 20% better insulation than traditional materials.
Other relevant factors, such as reducing the energy and CO2 emissions needed to create and transport traditional construction materials, could contribute to the reduction in total ‘embodied energy’ across the whole lifecycle of a building, as much as up to 50%.
Post date: 18 mei 2015