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Many new largely solar-heated houses in Germany are multi-family buildings, and their number is growing, according to Sonnenhaus-Institut (Solar House Institute), an alliance of about 300 architects, planners, building companies and system integrators that specialise in the design or construction of houses where sunlight provides at least 50 % of the heat and, in some cases, electricity a year.  
Post date: 24 Nov 2020
Type: News

When it comes to heating, retiree Lucy Craig’s bungalow in north London is high tech. A self-professed gadget lover, when she refurbished eight years ago, she was keen to find the most carbon friendly methods for keeping her home warm. She settled on heat pumps.   Outside her house, all that can be seen of the pump is an innocuous metal box. Inside the machine is a closed circuit of liquid that cycles in a pipe running from the box outdoors to a water tank indoors.  
Post date: 24 Nov 2020
Type: News

By 2050 around 80% of the world's population will be living in urban areas. Currently, they occupy 3% of the Earth's surface but produce around 72% of greenhouse gases.   Growing urbanization along with climate change will have a serious impact on our life in cities in terms of air quality, warmer temperatures and higher flood risk. But solutions to reducing the environmental impact and improving people's quality of life has been found in nature.  
Post date: 24 Nov 2020
Type: News

SPEEDIER organises its first virtual training event on energy efficiency management for SMEs • Over two, half-day sessions, participants will be trained on the SPEEDIER Service: a new approach to selling energy audits and energy efficiency advice to SMEs • The event will be hosted online on December 2 and 3 from 10 to 12:30 (CET).
Post date: 24 Nov 2020
Type: Ereignis

Wednesday 9 December 2020, 14:00-15:45 CET   The current development in building energy efficiency towards nZEB buildings represents a number of new challenges to design and construction.   One of these major challenges is the increased need for cooling in these highly insulated and airtight buildings, which is not only present in the summer period but also in the shoulder seasons and in offices even in midwinter.  
Post date: 23 Nov 2020
Type: Ereignis

The concept of zero energy settlements is relatively new as, until recently, the focus of EU policy was mainly on the building scale. These days, in view of the ambitious 2050 full decarbonisation target, the revival of the ‘neighborhood’ concept and the need to reduce the initial and operational costs the benefits from designing at the settlement level have been put in the spotlight.   
Post date: 20 Nov 2020
Type: News

We hope this newsletter finds you healthy and well during these unprecedented times.    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, TightVent continues to operate and adjust its communication, networking and awareness raising activities in the field of building & ductwork airtightness.   As usually, this edition rounds up our latest work & achievements followed by our partners product news.   
Post date: 19 Nov 2020
Type: News

The building renovation sector has been moving towards the trend of using prefabricated renovation kits as an approach to effectively target the needs of any given project, and the design of kit-solutions that are able to respond to a range of requirements.  
Post date: 19 Nov 2020
Type: News

Concept:   A company’s energy saving initiatives are influenced mainly by numerous financial and organisational factors. High investment costs slow the adoption of energy efficient measures in SMEs.   The solution is to make it easier for SMEs and to promote energy efficiency as an opportunity. The EU-funded DEESME project will develop a new approach to enable SMEs to manage their energy transition in line with EU policies.  
Post date: 18 Nov 2020
Type: Link

The TripleA-reno Combined Labelling Scheme is the first such scheme developed especially for the renovation of dwellings, covering energy performance, indoor environmental quality, and well-being indicators.   
Post date: 18 Nov 2020
Type: Tool