Practices

OVERVIEW | The 2030 Energy-Climate Package: Lessons learned (or not) from 20-20-20

The much anticipated sequel to the 2020 climate and energy package was adopted in 2014 amid extensive discussion, and within an intense economic situation. The article explains the main provisions of the 2030 Energy and Climate Policy...

OVERVIEW | Impact of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives on HVAC products

Two European directives, the Ecodesign Directive and the Energy Labelling Directive, together with their accompanying regulations, are being implemented and will extensively modify the regulatory landscape for heating, ventilation and air...

OVERVIEW | Urban warming: Status, impacts and mitigation techniques

Urban warming has a very significant impact on human life: it increases energy consumption, reduces comfort levels, increases pollution concentration, threatens human health and affects the urban economy. Mitigation technologies aiming to...

OVERVIEW | The Proposed EU ETS Market Stability Reserve: Where are we now?

On 24 February, the Committee on Environment, Food Safety and Public Health (ENVI) of the European Parliament (EP) took a vote on the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) mechanism, a crucial issue as regards the functioning of the European...

OVERVIEW - BUILD UP Web Seminars: Learn From The Experts

BUILD UP provides free access to the latest ideas relating to energy efficiency in buildings. Through a series of regular web seminars, BUILD UP brings together academics and technical experts involved in low energy buildings. To optimise...

OVERVIEW - Superinsulating Materials: A New Era of Insulation Technologies

A new generation of insulating materials has emerged on the market during the last decade. The use of superinsulating materials (SIM) begins a new era of insulation technologies. To optimise your reading experience, download the .pdf...

OVERVIEW - Become Part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014!

The 9th edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2014 (EUSEW 2014) will take place in June. Launched in 2006 as a European Commission initiative, EUSEW has become Europe’s leading event on sustainable energy. It brings together energy...

OVERVIEW - National Programmes to Stimulate the Energy Efficiency Market

To ensure that the building sector can take full advantage of the opportunities Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs) present, EU Member States can step up their efforts by either creating optimal market conditions for renovation and/or by...

OVERVIEW - BUILD UP Skills: Initial Results on Training the Building Workforce

The large contribution expected from the building sector to the European 2020 energy objectives and the transition to a low carbon economy is a major challenge to the construction industry, which needs to deliver renovations offering a...

OVERVIEW - Local Actions for Better Buildings

Local authorities are increasingly taking action on climate change and working on the transition to a low carbon future. A growing number of cities and municipalities (as Climate Alliance members or the Covenant of Mayors signatories) are...

OVERVIEW - Energy Solutions for Smart Cities and Communities: Learning from CONCERTO

This overview article describes the initiative's Technical Monitoring Database, documentary video series, comprehensive good practice and recommendation reports – valuable resources for decision makers. This monitoring and analysis was...

OVERVIEW - Building Automation and Control Systems

Building Automation and Control Systems (BACS) control and supervise mechanical systems in buildings. Mechanical systems may include heating, cooling, air-conditioning, ventilation, lighting, blinds & shutters, security, fire alarms,...

OVERVIEW - Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings projects from Intelligent Energy Europe

Five projects funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme on the topic of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs) are presented. These projects are focused on market uptake of low energy buildings. Project activities include helping...

OVERVIEW - Concerted Actions EPBD / RES / EED: EU Member States Support Each Other in Implementing EU Directives

With the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the Renewable Energy Sources Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive, the European Union has established common frameworks for reducing energy consumption and increasing renewable...

OVERVIEW - Operational Management: International and European Know-How

This overview article describes a number of initiatives for managing building energy consumption. The projects discussed concentrate on different phases of a building’s energy usage, from commissioning to post-occupancy. Approaches include...

OVERVIEW - BUILD UP Partners: An Exclusive Relationship

Here you can download the PDF version of this Overview article (see below under 'Additional documents').Enjoy reading, and feel free to send a comment of your own! What is a BUILD UP Partner?BUILD UP Partners are well-established umbrella...

OVERVIEW - Financing Schemes: Funds for an Energy Efficient Urban Environment

Here you can download the PDF version of this Overview article (see below under 'Additional documents').Enjoy reading, and feel free to send a comment of your own! What/who is funded?The Financing mechanisms listed in BUILD UP are funding...

OVERVIEW - Modern Glazing Solutions: An Essential Element of Low-Energy and Sustainable Buildings

Here you can download the PDF version of this Overview article (see below under 'Additional documents').Enjoy reading, and feel free to send a comment of your own! Improving buildings’ energy performanceTechnological innovation such as the...

OVERVIEW - Ventilative Cooling Lowers Energy Consumption

Here you can download the PDF version of this Overview article (see below under 'Additional documents').Enjoy reading, and feel free to send a comment of your own! Recent developments for ventilative cooling in standards and regulations –...

OVERVIEW - ManagEnergy: Supporting Local and Regional Sustainable Actions

Here you can download the PDF version of this Overview article (see below under 'Additional documents').Enjoy reading, and feel free to send a comment of your own! The work of ManagEnergy is organised around four pillars; the website www....