Practices

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Highlighted Practices

OVERVIEW | Right and Tight: What’s New in Ductwork and Building Airtightness?

by Valérie Leprince (PLEIAQ), Maria Kapsalaki (INIVE), François Rémi Carrié (INIVE)   In the last decade, building airtightness testing has gradually become mandatory in Denmark, France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom....

OVERVIEW | Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology

By Marina Laskari, Maria Saliari, Mat Santamouris – NKUA (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)    Buildings and settlements are increasingly expected to meet higher and potentially more complex levels of energy...

OVERVIEW | Re-conceptualising shopping centres from consumerism to energy conservation: the CommONEnergy project

By Roberta d’Angiolella and Marine Faber– BPIE (Buildings Performance Institute Europe)    What is the environmental impact of shopping centres? How can they be retrofitted to use energy more sustainably? What are the innovative...

Søreide primary school: Norway

The school was built in 2012/13 as a public private partnership. The main energy related targets were to achieve passive house standard, to use prefabricated timber facades and renewable energy sources. The building should reach high indoor...

OVERVIEW | Clean Energy for all Europeans: Focus on Renovation Case Studies

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The European Commission’s package of legislative proposals “Clean Energy for all Europeans”, which was published at the end of 2016, pursues three main goals: (a...

Plus-energy St. Franziskus Elementary School in Halle, Germany

In Halle (Saale), a plus-energy school was built as a sustainable and ecological construction made with a timber frame and cellulose insulation in accordance with the Passive House standard. The building replaces the old existing site of the St....

OVERVIEW | Building on strong foundations: BUILD UP Partners’ first reactions to the Clean Energy Package

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission published the Clean Energy Package, a 1000-page legislative proposal with the threefold goal of putting energy efficiency first, promoting the European Union’s global leadership in renewable energy, and...

OVERVIEW | ‘Energy efficiency should not be neglected as part of smart buildings’

In November, BUILD UP visited the Intelligent Buildings fair during the European Utility Week 2016. Many companies put their smart and intelligent technologies on display. Will these benefit energy efficiency in buildings?     7...

OVERVIEW | Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings – National applications of the EPBD definition

The Recast EPBD Article 9 requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) by 31 December 2020, and new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are NZEBs after 31 December 2018....

OVERVIEW | Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of gas and oil boilers

Two European Directives – the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives – and their accompanying regulations have introduced new requirements for fossil fuel boilers, as well as a label to inform about their performances. This article presents...

OVERVIEW – BUILD UP’s guide to the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016

The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016 (EUSEW 2016), Europe’s largest event on sustainable energy policy, is around the corner. Part of EUSEW’s activities is its conference on policy, which takes place from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 June.   As usual...

OVERVIEW | School buildings as leading examples of energy efficient renovation

Throughout the Recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) 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 occupied...

ZEMedS project: solutions for nZEB renovation of schools

Case Studies of the ZEMedS project   The Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) ZEMedS (Zero Energy MEDiterranean Schools) project has developed nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB) toolkits that have been applied to 10 case studies, with...

Storžek Kindergarten: Slovenia

The kindergarten was built in 2012. The main energy related targets were passivehouse/plus house standard, use of prefabricated timber facades, installation of a central ventilation system and achieving excellent airtightness. General...

Grundschule and Gymnasium Reutershagen: Plus-energy school retrofit

The Reutershagen schools; Europaschule Gymnasium Reutershagen secondary school and the Grundschule Reutershagen Nordwindkinner primary school have been grouped together in one educational center. The pupils are now taught in one centrally located...

St. Leonhard Primary School and Kindergarten: Municipal renovation in Austria

To accommodate the growing number of students attending the St. Leonard School built in 1964, the school was expanded and modernized. In 2010, the site has also incorporated a kindergarten, an after-school club and a public library.   The biggest...

Faculty of Technical Sciences building of Innsbruck University

 This building, used by the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Innsbruck, was originally built in 1968. As an extensive renovation was necessary anyway, it was decided to improve the energy efficiency at the same time, with moderate...

Vacuum Insulation Panel (VIP) technology provides luxury finish to mixed-use development in London

The plot on Mentmore Terrace in a highly desirable area of London had stood vacant for more than ten years. The project for the new 5 storey building had to achieve high thermal performance to respect the Building Regulation requirements. To reflect...

House of Energy: first Passive House with Premium Class certification

House Of Energy: world’s first building with Passive House Premium certification opens a new opportunity beyond green construction The House of Energy is one of the world’s most sustainable buildings. This three-storey Multi-...

Office building in Greensboro, North Carolina

Built in 1971 and located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, this office building is one of a number of commercial buildings constructed for local banks during the 1970s. Self-Help has owned and operated the property since 1998, and it...