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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 (...
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IEA Energy Efficiency Indicators database

Having reliable data and indicators on how energy is used is key to informing and monitoring the effectiveness of energy efficiency policies. Highlighting the importance of such data, the IEA has updated its Energy Efficiency Indicators...
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SAVES2 PROJECT: Analysis of current trends in the rental accommodation market for students

Between November 2017 and January 2018 we carried our research into the provision and selection of privately rented student housing across the seven SAVES 2 countries - Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Romania and the UK....
SAVES2 project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 754203.
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Global Status Report: Towards a zero-emission, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector

The Global Status Report documents the status and trends of key indicators for energy use, emissions, technologies, policies, and investments to track the buildings and construction sector, globally and in key regions. Central findings of...
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Technical, Financial, and Social Barriers and Challenges in Deep Building Renovation: Integration of Lessons Learned from the H2020 Cluster Projects

With a low rate of new building construction and an insufficient rate of existing building renovation, there is the need to step up the pace of building renovation with ambitious performance targets to achieve European Union (EU) climate...
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Improving energy efficiency in sports venues

Improving energy efficiency opens up the opportunity to make sports operations more sustainable and makes perfect business sense: it saves money, enhances corporate reputation and helps everyone in the fight against climate change. But how...
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A new guidebook to develop 2030 Action Plans

A new guidebook on "How to develop a Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan (SECAP)" has just been released by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.   Now aligned with the 2030 Covenant of Mayors target, the guidebook has...
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TightVent Europe newsletter issue #15 - November 2018

The 2018 joint AIVC – TightVent – venticool conference Smart Ventilation for buildings in Juan-Les-Pins, France, proved highly successful with more than 200 participants from 27 countries attending the event and confirming once again the...
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The ESCO Market in the EU Enlargement and Neighbouring Countries

During the 2013-2015 period, the ESCO markets of the EU Enlargement and Neighbouring Countries (namely Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Moldova, Belarus, Ukraine,...
The present study aims at giving an overview of the status of the ESCO market in the EU Enlargement and Neighbouring Countries, contextualising the legal frameworks and identifying the barriers that slow down the development of the energy...
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World Green Building Trends 2018 Smart Market Report

The international market for green construction projects has grown significantly in the last 10 years and demand for green building activity is poised to grow in the next three years, according to a new report and industry survey published...
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Financing the inclusive city: a case study of the Danish model of affordable and social housing

Normally, the task of providing affordable and social housing falls to local governments and their administrations. Municipalities must single-handedly work out how to deliver and finance affordable and social housing in a city context...
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When citizen engagement makes the difference

Involving citizens is the biggest challenge to finalise large-scale energy efficiency works in neighbourhoods. An emblematic story comes from Valladolid, Spain, where “no, we can’t” has become “yes, we can”   Thirty-one apartment...
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New Catalogue of technical and operational criteria for shallow geothermal systems

The GRETA project aims at demonstrating the potential of shallow geothermal energy in the Alpine Space. This kind of tools helps fostering the integration of this technology into future energy plans at different administrative levels.  ...
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Renovating your home and fighting climate change at the same time is now affordable and more convenient thanks to the EU-funded ABRACADABRA project.

To know more about it, join its closing events in Brussels on 6-7 February 2019.   Tackling climate change and cutting greenhouse gas emissions, in order to prevent huge repercussions for the planet’s ecosystem, has become one of the most...
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Behaviour change for energy efficiency: the workshop outcome report

The human dimension plays a complementary role to technology and innovation in delivering the full energy efficiency potential required to achieve the world’s energy and environmental goals.   To take this commitment forward, IPEEC, the...
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Energy Efficient Scotland: the route map

Scottish Ministers designated energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority in 2015, recognising the many benefits delivered by improving the energy performance of our buildings. The Programme Energy Efficient Scotland aims to...
This route map for the Energy Efficient Scotland programme sets out the journey national homes, businesses and public buildings will take to become more energy efficient.
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Building 4 People: Quantifying the benefits of energy renovation investments in schools, offices and hospitals

The impact of building renovation on health, well-being and productivity could improve the lives of more than 200 million Europeans. This set of publications, developed by BPIE and commissioned by Buildings 2030, takes an important step...
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Low-carbon energy finance: new insights for modelers and policy makers

While many studies analyse the innovation, diffusion, and cost developments of low-carbon energy technologies, little research is dedicated to analysing the financing dynamics of these technologies. On November 27, 2018, Prof. Tobias...
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Energy Efficiency accelerating the shift to a decarbonised Europe

Companies call for net-zero emissions by 2050 to help transition to low-carbon economy.   Climate change is defining our era. If our behavior doesn’t change, we risk missing the moment when we can avoid the disastrous consequences of...