Practices

OVERVIEW | Linking financial incentives with the energy savings achieved

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics), Francois Durier (CETIAT), Marina Laskari (NKUA)   In the Annex “Accelerating clean energy in buildings” of the European Commission's legislative proposal “Clean Energy...

OVERVIEW | Right and Tight: What’s New in Ductwork and Building Airtightness?

by Valérie Leprince (PLEIAQ), Maria Kapsalaki (INIVE), François Rémi Carrié (INIVE)   In the last decade, building airtightness testing has gradually become mandatory in Denmark, France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Many other...

OVERVIEW | Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology

By Marina Laskari, Maria Saliari, Mat Santamouris – NKUA (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)    Buildings and settlements are increasingly expected to meet higher and potentially more complex levels of energy performance. In...

OVERVIEW | Re-conceptualising shopping centres from consumerism to energy conservation: the CommONEnergy project

By Roberta d’Angiolella and Marine Faber– BPIE (Buildings Performance Institute Europe)    What is the environmental impact of shopping centres? How can they be retrofitted to use energy more sustainably? What are the innovative...

OVERVIEW | Quality and compliance relevant to building energy performance

By Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team) and François Rémi Carrie (ICEE)     Insufficient compliance in the issuing of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and poor quality building works erode trust in the EPC and jeopardise the...

OVERVIEW | Financing energy efficiency to tackle energy poverty in Western Balkans: a model shift?

By Isabelle Maurizi (PRACSIS)   With supportive policy measures in place, good practices in energy efficiency financing are flourishing in the European Union. Now, through initiatives such as the REELIH project (Residential Energy...

OVERVIEW | Energy certification of HVAC products

  By François Durier (CETIAT, France)     Certified characteristics of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) appliances are useful for product selection and users’ information needs. They also contribute to a fair...

OVERVIEW | Activities of the IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme

by Peter Wouters (INIVE eeig), Malcolm Orme (IEA-EBC)   The aim of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Technology Collaboration Programme is to carry out scientifically based research in the...

OVERVIEW | Getting our homes future ready

Essential skills and innovative solutions needed for a fair energy transition   by Ralf Tinga (PRACSIS)     BUILD UP partner Housing Europe and the PROF/TRAC project, presented concrete examples of energy efficiency in social housing...

OVERVIEW | Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of water heaters

By François Durier, Nourreddine Mostefaoui (CETIAT, France)   Two European Directives - the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives – and their accompanying regulations have introduced new minimum requirements for water heaters, as...

OVERVIEW | Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of ventilation units

By François Durier, Laure Mouradian (CETIAT, France)   Two European Directives - the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives – and their accompanying regulations have introduced new minimum requirements for ventilation units, as well as...

OVERVIEW | Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of electrical heat pumps

  By François Durier, Michèle Mondot (CETIAT, France)     Two European Directives –the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives– and their accompanying regulations have introduced new minimum requirements for heating appliances, as...

OVERVIEW | BUILD UP Guide to EUSEW 2017

By Karin-Liis Lahtmäe, EASME     EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017 offers a platform to not only engage in the energy transition debate and share best practices between stakeholders, but also to take part in an interactive Networking...

OVERVIEW | Clean Energy for all Europeans: Focus on Renovation Case Studies

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The European Commission’s package of legislative proposals “Clean Energy for all Europeans”, which was published at the end of 2016, pursues three main goals: (a)...

Committed of... Final event of STEP-2-SPORT: Reducing the energy consumption of sports buildings

The Final Dissemination Event of STEP-2-SPORT project took place on 21st February 2017 in Brussels at the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the European Union. It was an open public event with the objective to disseminate the...

OVERVIEW | Building on strong foundations: BUILD UP Partners’ first reactions to the Clean Energy Package

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission published the Clean Energy Package, a 1000-page legislative proposal with the threefold goal of putting energy efficiency first, promoting the European Union’s global leadership in renewable...

OVERVIEW | ‘Energy efficiency should not be neglected as part of smart buildings’

In November, BUILD UP visited the Intelligent Buildings fair during the European Utility Week 2016. Many companies put their smart and intelligent technologies on display. Will these benefit energy efficiency in buildings?     7 December...

OVERVIEW | Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings – National applications of the EPBD definition

The Recast EPBD Article 9 requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) by 31 December 2020, and new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are NZEBs after 31 December 2018....

OVERVIEW | Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of gas and oil boilers

Two European Directives – the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives – and their accompanying regulations have introduced new requirements for fossil fuel boilers, as well as a label to inform about their performances. This article...

OVERVIEW – BUILD UP’s guide to the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016

The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016 (EUSEW 2016), Europe’s largest event on sustainable energy policy, is around the corner. Part of EUSEW’s activities is its conference on policy, which takes place from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 June...