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DYNASTEE NEWSLETTER 2019/13

This issue of the DYNASTEE newsletter provides information on the 8th Summer School with focus on energy performance of buildings that will take place this summer in Granada, Spain, a second Summer School on modelling and forecasting in...

Application Note: Assessment of Energy Savings

The purpose of this application note is to define a generic methodology based on practical experience and existing standards to make robust, ex-ante assessments of energy conservation measures (ECM) in buildings. The focus is on the...

Europe's urban air quality

Re-assessing implementation challenges in cities
Air pollution is one of the most important environmental problems affecting people's health, particularly in urban areas of Europe. Over the past decade, air quality has slowly improved in many of Europe's cities, as a direct result of...

Do current regulatory frameworks in the EU support innovation and security of supply in electricity and gas infrastructure?

The European Transmission System operators (TSOs) for electricity and gas play a central role in the energy system. Investments in transmission networks by TSOs are crucial for the integration of the European electricity and gas markets...

Future-proof buildings for all Europeans – A guide to implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Two-thirds (65%) of the European building stock was built before 1980: about 97% of the EU’s buildings must be upgraded to achieve the 2050 decarbonisation goal, but only 0.4-1.2% are renovated each year.    A more efficient, technically...

The role and need of flexibility in 2030 focus on energy storage

The 2030 Framework for climate and energy sets as EU-wide targets for 2030 a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 level, and at least a 27% share of renewable energy consumption. For the power system, this means a share of...

Opportunities for heating and cooling - Study

Digitalisation is the innovative use of information and communications technologies, in particular the large-scale rollout of smart devices and sensors, and the use of big data collection and analysis. In the context of meeting the energy...

Investment needs for the local energy transition

The locally-driven energy transition is essential to achieve the Paris Agreement’s objectives by 2050. This report is showcasing five examples of European cities, that are frontrunners in the local energy transition and which have put a...
Enabling local authorities to deliver on their ambitions Responsible for 80% of energy use and CO² emissions, local governments know that they need to invest for a sustainable future on a liveable and healthy planet. But in order to thrive...

Construction Products Europe Manifesto 2019

Europe’s industrial strategy must combine decarbonisation and circularity while acknowledging the principles of economic development and maintain a level playing field. Construction is the backbone of the EU economy and will play an...

Making buildings responsive to the users’ needs with the Smart Readiness Indicator and the ExcEED database

The  H2020 project ExcEED (European Energy Efficient building district Database) is funded by the European Commission and aims at collecting data coming from new, modern and energy efficient buildings (such as energy performance, CO2 ...

Digitisation of the EU’s construction industry

The digitisation of the EU’s construction industry is an oft-overlooked area of technological development, both politically and socially. EURACTIV.com has interviewed Milena Feustel to shine a light on the sector and explore the direction...

WorldGBC pragmatic approach to EU taxonomy

Recently, WorldGBC Europe responded to a consultation from the technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) on the development of the 'taxonomy' - an EU-wide classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities...

Framework agreement for serial and modular construction - for high-quality, fast, cost-effective housing

The results of the first pan-European tendering procedure for serial and modular construction have been announced. Nine bidders were awarded the contract in Berlin today for their innovative housing concepts, from which...

Living Trends 2035: Digitalization is revolutionizing the living of the future

The German housing association (GdW Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs) has published a report. This report explores the housing requirements of the future. In this study, it has been proposed that the new (future) housing...

Research report: Passivhaus, the route to zero carbon

This report analyses the definition of a Zero Carbon building in the UK and compares national Building Regulations in Zero Carbon building with a Passivhaus Classic and renewables. The report highlights problems such as the performance gap...

UK Green Building Council presents industry framework for net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled a framework for the UK construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate...

New USGBC research explores green building industry’s role in highlighting the importance of buildings as a global solution

As part of its Living Standard initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a new U.S. public research report titled Standard Issue that sets out to better gauge how the public feels about issues at the core of the...

Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) in Trentino Alto Adige - book

The book present exemplary selected projects carried out in the Trentino-Alto Adige region (Italy) exploring building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) systems (i.e. modules, construction system, energy systems). 18 case studies are...

Linking indoor environmental quality and energy performance in building regulation

People spending 60-90% of their life in indoor environments (homes, offices, schools, etc.), indoor air quality is essential in ensuring health, quality of life and performance of buildings’ occupants.   Building policies...

Indoor air quality, thermal comfort and daylight

This report about indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort and daylight requirements in selected Member States addresses a range of topics of increasing importance for European buildings and their inhabitants. The aim of the report is to...