Against the background of climate change and increasing environmental awareness, new build construction is booming in some regions, while others face the challenge of retrofitting whole districts. In short: there has never been a better time to future-proof our building stock. The recent 23rd annual International Passive House Conference in Gaobeidian, China not only highlighted the international applicability of the Passive House standard, but also the enormous opportunity it presents to reduce CO2 emissions in the building sector.
Post date: 26 Feb 2020
Our “Smart City talks” is a series of 6 webinars that will share the experiences of the Sinfonia pilot cities, exploring best practices and tools for urban energy planning, strategies for citizen engagement and the policy framework. All of it, aspiring to create a sustainable future for citizens and enterprises through the knowledge transfer from experienced actors.
Post date: 20 Feb 2020
The iBRoad project has made available an open-source programme for the techno-economic assessment of renovation measures and alternative renovation pathways of a building. The programme, written in the programming language Python, provides a simplified standardised energy demand model to assess useful, final and primary energy demand of residential houses.
Post date: 18 Feb 2020
BuildHeat in collaboration with 4RinEU and UIPI invite you to its final webinar to discover innovative approaches, lessons learned and results achieved in the retrofitting of multifamily houses at the EU level.
Post date: 11 Feb 2020
Within the 2030 climate and energy framework, the European Union (EU) has committed to several key targets for 2021-2030. The overall target for 2030 is to cut the energy system greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 40% as compared to the 1990 levels. Furthermore, the Renewable Energy Directive requires a binding minimum share of 32% of renewable energy for final energy use as EU-average. The Energy Efficiency Directive sets an indicative target of at least 32.5% improvement in energy efficiency by 2030 at EU level versus the projections.
Post date: 10 Feb 2020
European leaders agreed in December that Europe would adopt a net-zero emission target for 2050 which would be put into legislation in March of this year. The European Commission issued a list of initiatives to respond to the ambitious goal of reaching carbon neutrality for all. This includes a "renovation wave" whose details will be clarified at the end of 2020.
Post date: 3 Feb 2020
The first Work Package (WP1) of the Horizon 2020 project BIM4Ren has been concluded. The main milestone achieved at this stage is the completion of the definition of the “Overall framework for a digital driven Integrated Design and Delivery Solutions (IDDS) ready BIM based renovation process”. This framework also covers the specifications developed for the integration of tools & services in the BIM4REN digitalized renovation workflows.
Post date: 27 Jan 2020
This house is located in Schnersheim, a village of 750 inhabitants, 20 km away of the head of the Alsace Region, Strasbourg. The house is a former farm and is constructed on a light slope. The basement and two walls giving to the national road are in rubbles of sandstone and limestone. The storeys are timber-framed, filled with cob or hand-made bricks produced on site. It has a heated area of 350 m² on two storeys. The basement and the attic are not heated.
Post date: 21 Jan 2020
The Osram Building was originally built in 1953 as an office and warehouse for A/S Dansk Osram, i.e. a lightbulb manufacturer. The building was the first prefabricated building in Copenhagen, and it was built in shock concrete or shavings, as it is also called. The construction method was developed in Holland, and in involves includes powerfully shaking the concrete. The elements hereby get a very close and uniform structure.
Post date: 16 Jan 2020
The building is a symmetrical structure with two wings, which frame the forecourt of the Lazaristenkirche. The north wing was the subject of renovation. It dates from the late "Gründerzeit" period of 1884-1918, was built in 1904 and designed by architect Cajetan Miserowsky. The renovated building is located on the north side and has a predominantly south-facing orientation of the habitable rooms. The north side to the adjacent Sophienspital is a closed firewall. The narrow side to the west faces the private garden.
Post date: 16 Jan 2020