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Energy efficiency: Time for an Energy Union closer to citizens

"More than ever, EU projects are scrutinised for their contribution to the Union’s general interest and to bringing direct and tangible benefits to citizens", says Coalition for Energy Savings   On 18 November 2016, an impressive...
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PROF/TRAC training material database

PROF/TRAC is a European project that has created a European Training and Qualification Platform on nZEB skills. It follows an interdisciplinary approach, promotes integrated design concepts and targets professionals from various sectors:...
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Responsible Architecture is a peaceful force

On the occasion of the opening of the COP 22 in Marrakech, the Architects’ Council of Europe reiterates its commitments with respect to climate change   As the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) opens in Marrakech,...
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3 priorities to tap into the energy saving potential of modern windows

The building glass façade and window industry represented by European Aluminium, EuroWindoor, ES-SO and Glass for Europe come together to call for a modernised EPBD to unleash the energy savings potential of high performing windows.  ...
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Not just Pokémon – prepare for an augmented reality deluge

26 October 2016 by Benedict O'Donnell Original article: https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/not-just-pok-mon-prepare-augmented-reality-deluge_en.html     Augmented reality took the public by storm this summer, driving 100 million gamers...
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Economic Assessment Tool: shopping centre retrofit

The economic assessment tool allows estimating the energy saving potential and economic benefits of retrofitting shopping centers. The tool targets managers and owners and allows entering relevant information about their centre. It...
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EnergyElephant tool: Automated Energy Management & Analysis for SMBs

By combining energy usage data with weather/climate, grid and building the tool automatically gives users insight into their energy usage, and provide suggestions on the best way to reduce their expenditure and energy usage.   Useful...
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An ambitious Energy Efficiency package needed to realise State of the Union goals

Following President Juncker’s State of the Union address on 14 September, Eurima believes that a strong renovation strategy is part of the receipe for a better Europe, helping to boost jobs and growth, lowering citizens’s bills and...
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Boiler room commissioning - A French practical tool

Commissioning of a boiler room is the process of assuring that all systems and components are designed, installed, tested, operated and maintained so that the awaited performance is reached. This tool by Cegibat, the information center of...
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nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) e-toolkit

The neZEH e-toolkit, developed under the frame of the nearly Zero Energy Hotels (neZEH) initiative, co-funded by the European Commission in the framework of the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, is a practical tool to help hotel owners...
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Home Energy Score

  The U.S. Department of Energy has developed the Home Energy Score as an effective and reliable method for homeowners and other stakeholders to be able to easily understand and compare the energy performance of different homes across the...
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nZEB provisions for existing buildings: delayed refurbishments or market-driven major renovations?

On 29 July 2016, the European Commission published its recommendation on nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB).   Many stakeholders who commented on the draft last year were looking forward to the final version, especially concerning the...
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The meaning of Brexit

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. ‘Brexit means Brexit’, says the new Prime Minister, but what might Brexit mean for energy and buildings? Hywel Davies, Technical Director at CIBSE explains what we know so far.  ...
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EC Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) indistinct about role of Building Efficiency

The European Commission’s Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) addressing the so-called non-ETS sectors of the economy which should contribute to reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2005 – by setting of national binding targets is...
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Brexit: A wake-up call for a citizens’ energy transition!

I can’t speak for you, but in my case, the Brexit had for me the opposite effect of the fall of the Berlin wall. I was in high school in 1989, but it was clear to me that the reunification of Germany would lead to a more peaceful and...
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Analytics solutions: from data overload to improved building performances

The advent of IoT increase considerably the potential number of smart devices collecting data, resulting in an additional level of complexity for facility managers. Analytics solutions effectively manage the new state of information...
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10th International BUILDAIR Symposium - Call for Papers

The 10th International BUILDAIR Symposium, on March 31 and April 1, 2017, in Hannover, offers a futureoriented programme about the field of airtight building envelopes, thermography and ventilation systems. Its ambition is to disseminate...
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Does the production of insulation material consume more energy than the materials save?

The non-renewable (fossil) primary energy requirements for the production of insulation materials (grey energy) differ considerably. E.g. less than 100 kWh/m³ is used for the production of materials requiring little processing such as wood...
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Does thermal insulation lead to mould problems?

Mould can occur when warm air cools at building component surfaces and therefore the relative humidity of the air increases greatly. The pH value and capillarity of a surface also have impact on the tendency for mould to form. Additional...
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What are the main advantages of a quality management within building commissioning?

Like in a modern Tower of Babel, managing quality within building commissioning means ensuring collaboration and data sharing between different actors (i.e. building systems and people) and act to contain defects aiming to achieve optimal...