Practices

Integrating Green and Grey: Creating next generation infrastructure

A new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience, according to a new report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute....

The Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration

Our buildings help define our cities – from our iconic skylines to our historic architecture. They are where our citizens, live, work, study and play. These buildings are also one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ...

RELaTED project: Know more about Low Temperature District Heating solutions

District heating is one of the most energy efficient systems to deliver heat in urban environments. Despite this fact, energy market requires a conversion of actual DH concept. This is the main objective of RELaTED concept, that will...

ACE study on the Role of Architecture in Building Performance as Defined by the EU Level(s) Scheme

The EU Commission has been developing Level(s) - a framework of macro-objectives and indicators aiming to help building professionals to report on the environmental performance of buildings. As well as energy and material impacts, Level(s...

G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth

15-16 June 2019, Karuizawa, JAPAN.
The G20 Energy and Environment Ministers, met in Karuizawa Town, Nagano Prefecture, Japan, on 15 and 16 June 2019, to discuss energy transitions and global environment for sustainable growth. They recognize the importance of leading energy...

REVALUE project final report: The value of energy efficiency

The stated aim of the H2020-funded REVALUE project was “to lead the development of appraisal norms and standards that recognise the value of energy efficiency in social and private residential real estate.” The project ran...

BIMplement - Tools, training content and qualification schemes for BIM work place trainers (D4.5)

The project objectives are to enhance nZEB construction and renovation, while easy up collaboration and up-skilling of stakeholders. • The focus will be given to two major subjects, that will have a great influence on the nZEB result:...

Putting Regions on Track for Carbon Neutrality by 2050

This report is the result of the roundtables that were conducted in the 11 partner countries of the C-Track 50 project on multi-level governance and challenges faced by long term policy and energy planning. D2.5: Recommendations on...
This Deliverable has been prepared under Work Package 2 (Formulating recommendations on national energy policy priorities for 2050 and fostering multi – level cooperation and governance). It provides information about national long-term...

Rapporto Annuale sull’Efficienza Energetica 2019

Dal 2011 al 2018 i risparmi energetici ottenuti grazie a misure di efficienza energetica sono stati pari a 10,4 Mtep/anno di energia finale, pari al il 67% dell’obiettivo al 2020 previsto dal Piano d’Azione Nazionale per l'Efficienza...

BIM: the collaborative work methodology that is revolutionizing the construction sector

The evolution of new technologies is leading the construction sector to a new revolution in the way of working, especially in the collaboration among the agents involved in the different construction processes.  ...

Financing a sustainable European economy

Final report 2018 by the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. Secretariat provided by the European Commission.
The European Commission established the EU High-Level Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG) to help develop an overarching and comprehensive EU roadmap on sustainable finance. It requested advice on how to ‘steer the flow of capital towards...

Liveable & fit for the future. People as the centre of sustainable construction

We spend up to 90 percent of our time in buildings. This should already be a sufficient argument to make sure that buildings are not only understood as functional places to reside, but also as an environment, with people as the central...

ALDREN - Methodology note on linking the EVCS to financial valuation

As proposed in the initial roadmap and Grant Agreement, three stages were carried out to organise work: a state of the art to identify standards and existing initiatives to be used in the ALDREN protocol, the definition of the working...

Enhancing Turkey’s policy framework for energy efficiency of buildings

Turkey’s building sector’s energy demand is growing rapidly, at a rate of 4.4% on average, effectively rendering it the one sector with the largest energy consumption among all end-use sectors, representing around one third of the country’...

European Responsible Housing Awards 2019 Handbook

This third edition of the Responsible Housing Awards saw a record-breaking number of 87 submissions (an increase of 29% compared to 2016) across five categories from 16 countries.   The jury members had a tough decision at hand but in the...

Interim Report July 2019 of the 2nd technical support study on the Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings

A greater uptake of smart technologies is expected to lead to significant, cost-effective energy savings, while also helping to improve indoor comfort in a manner that enables the building to adjust to the needs of the user.   Smart...

The Basque Country receives 1.7 million from the EU for two pilot projects of urban regeneration in the neighbourhoods of Txonta (Eibar) and Otxarkoaga (Bilbao)

The main objective is to set up an office in each neighbourhood which will act as a one-stop-shop and provide advice and support to the community throughout the whole process of renovation of the buildings: from the paperwork to dealing...
The European Commission has taken note of the urban regeneration plans of the Basque Country and has decided to contribute 1.7 million Euros to the Opengela project.   This concerns a novel concept of neighbourhood offices in two places...

Report nZEB Demo buildings environmental impact through LCA

Overall environmental impacts of nZEBs are substantially lower than conventional buildings. This is the conclusion of a new AZEB study in which the environmental performance of 3 AZEB case studies was evaluated using life cycle...

100% Renewable Energy Districts: 2050 Vision

The energy and carbon footprint of urban areas will increase with urbanisation and the growing economic activity of urban citizens.   The decarbonisation of cities and city districts presents an imperative and an obvious area of priority...

Life Cycle Assessments – A guide on using the LCA

The present guidelines, which the DGNB has developed together with its members, convey a basic understanding of the great benefits that is offered by the use of life cycle assessments in the planning process.
  The DGNB has made it its primary goal to plan, operate and use the built environment of the present day for the benefit of all, and in such a way that the generations that follow us can fully utilise their own potential and not be...