Topic of the Month

What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of February our topic is ‘Energy efficiency design tools’.


Which content is related to the topic?

  • BIM - Building Information Modelling
  • Parametric design
  • Design and optimisation of technical solutions
  • Information and communication technology (ICT) and smart technologies to ensure buildings operate efficiently: level of implementation
  • LCA - Life cycle analysis
  • Best practices of effective design processes and case study presentation


Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:


Overview Articles


ENERFUND – A tool to identify building energy retrofit opportunities. The ENERFUND tool aims to scale up investments in deep renovation of buildings across Europe. It provides key stakeholders such as financing institutions, energy service companies and local authorities, with sound and up-to-date information regarding the energy efficiency of the EU’s building stock.




flyer.jpgCovenant of Mayors Investment Forum - Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place. The conference will bring together cities, industry and financial institutions to exchange on successful solutions to common challenges. It will include plenary sessions with high-level representatives from Covenant of Mayors initiative, the investment community, and the European Commission


World Sustainable Energy Days 2019. The World Sustainable Energy Days bring together more than 650 delegates from 50 countries from Industry, Academia and Public Sector to embrace together the necessary transition to a clean energy. The annual conference features policies, technologies, innovation and market development through a combination of 7 conferences and 3 events.


ACHIEVE BETTER BUILDINGS! Passive House Conference Heidelberg 2019. Two days of in­spir­ing lec­tures, hands-on work­shops, an ac­com­pa­ny­ing ex­hib­i­tion and extensive net­work­ing op­por­tun­it­ies! To­geth­er with part­ners from Heidel­berg and the sur­round­ing area, PHI & iPHA propose a var­ied and di­verse pro­gramme for you.




Fit-to-NZEB: a training tool to enhance knowledge and skills on NZEB. Fit-to-NZEB provides a training tool, structured as a catalogue of Learning Outcomes including compendium of knowledge, skills and responsibilities that the learner is supposed to possess after finishing the deep energy retrofit training programme at different European Qualification Framework levels.


eQUEST simulation software. eQuest is a freeware, easy to use building energy use analysis tool which provides professional-level results with an affordable level of effort. It allows users to perform detailed analysis of today's state-of-the-art building design technologies using today's most sophisticated building energy use simulation techniques.




#EUSEW19 Awards: applications open now! The theme for 2019 is “Shaping Europe’s energy future” and it will cover a series of activities with an EU-wide scope. EUSEW will take place during the third week of June and include the EUSEW Policy Conference in Brussels from 18 to 20 June. The opening of submissions for the #EUSEW19 Awards has been officially launched!


Webinar on iBRoad – My path towards an energy efficient home. The iBRoad project is working on the concept of Building Renovation Passports. If you want to know more about the iBRoad project and the Building Renovation Pasports do not miss this webinar in collaboration with Build Up 5 March at 11:00.


BIM4Ren project – How do you use BIM in renovation processes? BIM4REN is a research project involving 23 European partners. They need you! They would like to collect the testimony of BIM experts and professionals in renovation works in order to list the needs and locks encountered.




resalta.jpgBenchmarks for environmental impact of housing in Europe. The study describes the results of a full LCA applied to 24 statistically-based dwelling archetypes, representative of the EU housing stock in 2010. The aim is to quantify the average environmental impacts related to housing in Europe and to define reference values (baseline scenario) for policies development.


resalta.jpgTypical Meteorological Year data sets for building energy performance. This article presents a method to generate Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) data sets for use in calculations of the energy performance of buildings, based on satellite derived solar radiation data and other meteorological parameters obtained from reanalysis products.


Global warming of 1.5°C IPCC Special Report. The IPCC prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response options. The IPCC also produces Special Reports, which are an assessment on a specific issue and Methodology Reports, which provide practical guidelines for the preparation of greenhouse gas inventories. 




theodore.jpgThe ExcEED database for buildings of the future features the demonstration case Casa Hoval. The ExcEED project (European Energy Efficient building district Database) aims at collecting data coming from new, modern and energy efficient buildings.This data will be gathered and stored into the ExcEED database. Through the data collected the buildings' performance will be evaluated. 


theodore.jpgHouse of Ile de France, Paris, France. Located in the Cité universitaire de Paris, the Maison de l'Ile de France is the first eco-campus in the capital. The project is exemplary and implements a high energy performance strategy to meet ZEN objectives (Zero Energy, Zero Carbon, Zero Nuclear Waste) and thus anticipate the thermal regulations of 2020.




palette.jpgPANEL 2050 project. PANEL seeks to reach this goal by supporting communities in 11 Central and Eastern European Countries to transform into low-carbon economies by equipping energy advocates with the tools needed to mobilize local stakeholders to face the challenges of sustainable development in CEE and post-soviet countries.


palette.jpgINTAS project. The INTAS project started in March 2016. It addresses the need to support European Market Surveillances Authorities (MSAs) deliver compliance with Ecodesign requirements for large industrial products, specifically transformers and fans.


palette.jpgQualitEE project. Funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, the QualitEE project aims to increase investment in energy efficiency services in the building sector within the EU and improve trust in service providers. This will be achieved by developing quality assessment criteria and implementing quality assurance schemes. 


Get ready for March's Topic of the Month 'Renovation and retrofitting of existing Public and non-residential buildings​' and prepare your next publications.


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