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Understanding the importance and triggering the demand for building commissioning

Commissioning makes sure energy efficiency investments maintain their optimal factory-intended operational states, regularly testing their performances. It was introduced in the late 1980s however, despite proven studies, global awareness...
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Plan4DE (Plan for district energy)

Plan4DE (Plan for district energy) is an Excel-based modelling tool to assist in determining the viability of district energy in a certain district or neighbourhood area, based on the existing or planned urban form within that district...
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Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE)

Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) is a green building certification system for emerging markets. EDGE, an innovation of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) -a member of the World Bank Group- makes it faster,...
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Is there a unique definition in Europe for a Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB)?

Yes and No:   YES: There is in article 2 of the EPBD Recast (Directive 2010/31/2U) a European definition of 'nearly zero-energy buildings: ‘nearly zero-energy building’ (NZEB) means a building that has a very high energy performance,...
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EU Climate and Energy policies at risk of ‘’la pensée unique’’

I used to think that Western democracies protect their citizens from “la pensée unique” (a narrow and single way of thinking). My concerns relate to the “consensus” in the “energy efficiency community” about how the “Better Regulation...
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Could consumers tip the balance of the EU energy transition?

The 2016 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week was about empowering consumers. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, the commissioner of climate and energy, made it clear that the energy transition is also about the active...
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What is the difference between a European directive (as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive - EPBD) and a European Regulation (as the Construction Product Regulation - CPR)?

A European directive does require transposition by each member state into national legislation, whereby such transposition is not necessary in case of a regulation. In other words, a regulation is directly applicable to each citizen.
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What is building airtightness?

Building airtightness (also called envelope airtightness) can be defined as the resistance to inward or outward air leakage through unintentional leakage points or areas in the building envelope. This air leakage is driven by differential...
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What is the legal context for the ongoing review process of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)?

Article 19 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, Directive 2010/31/EU) states: “The Commission, assisted by the Committee established by Article 26, shall evaluate this Directive by 1 January 2017 at the latest, in the...
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ecoGator App

Energy Efficiency in the Palm of Your Hand   The ecoGator app – available on Android and iOS – empowers consumers to achieve energy efficiency with every appliance purchase, and live more sustainable lifestyles away from the shop floor....
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PROF / TRAC - Second Newsletter - June 2016

Welcome to PROF/TRAC’s second newsletter! This is a bi-annual newsletter with updated news and events from around Europe on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) in the framework of the Horizon 2020 project PROF/TRAC. PROF / TRAC is a 3-...
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nZEB Tracker tool

This new tool tracks the market uptake of nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEBs) in Europe. It is a Wiki-tool to dynamically assess and visualise defined criteria of the national nZEB markets and to aggregate the results on national and EU...
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Škola budućnosti informacijski alat

Škola budućnosti informativni alat je izrađen u okviru EU 7РП projekt škola budućnosti (proizv/РП7/260102) i dovršen u siječnju 2016 godine.   Internet alat pruža menadžeri i tehničko osoblje državne vlasti sa širokim spektrom korisnih...
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ACE is releasing a suite of 8 policy statements in support of the ACE Manifesto

The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) is releasing eight policy statements in support of the ACE Manifesto to promote responsible architecture, advance the highest professional standards and optimise professional mobility. Since 2008,...
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DHC+ Consortium building tool

The DHC+ technology platform has been set up under the umbrella of Euroheat & Power and is a European hub for research & innovation in district heating and cooling. It has a strong group of stakeholders from academia, research,...
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10 things to know on Energy Efficiency Review in 2016

The Europe 2020 Strategy involves a number of policies to help Member States towards their 2020 targets. Realising the EU’s long-established intention to ‘turn the European Union into the most energy efficient economy in the world’ will...
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The road to energy efficient buildings through the eyes of environmental NGOs

  ECOS, a pan-European association of environmental NGOs, and a partner of CEN, is the only organisation representing the environmental interest in standardisation processes at European level. One of their many work areas includes the...
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OPTIMUS e-SCEAF (Smart City Energy Assessment Framework)

e-SCEAF (Smart City Energy Assessment Framework) Tool provides City Authorities with an effective framework for assessing the performance of a City in terms of energy optimisation, CO2 emissions reduction and energy cost minimisation....
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The road the EU should not be taking

OP-ED on EU policy (climate and energy legislation) and Paris Climate Agreement - Is it on track with the 2030 climate and energy targets? first published on the eceee website (european council for an energy efficient economy).   When I...
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Why should public buildings be frontrunner buildings in terms of energy performance?

Throughout the Recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, Directive 2010/31/EU) it is requested that “the public sector in each Member State should lead the way in the field of energy performance of buildings” and “buildings...