Practices

Making buildings responsive to the users’ needs with the Smart Readiness Indicator and the ExcEED database

The  H2020 project ExcEED (European Energy Efficient building district Database) is funded by the European Commission and aims at collecting data coming from new, modern and energy efficient buildings (such as energy performance, CO2 ...

Digitisation of the EU’s construction industry

The digitisation of the EU’s construction industry is an oft-overlooked area of technological development, both politically and socially. EURACTIV.com has interviewed Milena Feustel to shine a light on the sector and explore the direction...

WorldGBC pragmatic approach to EU taxonomy

Recently, WorldGBC Europe responded to a consultation from the technical expert group on sustainable finance (TEG) on the development of the 'taxonomy' - an EU-wide classification system for environmentally sustainable economic activities...

Framework agreement for serial and modular construction - for high-quality, fast, cost-effective housing

The results of the first pan-European tendering procedure for serial and modular construction have been announced. Nine bidders were awarded the contract in Berlin today for their innovative housing concepts, from which...

Living Trends 2035: Digitalization is revolutionizing the living of the future

The German housing association (GdW Bundesverband deutscher Wohnungs) has published a report. This report explores the housing requirements of the future. In this study, it has been proposed that the new (future) housing...

Research report: Passivhaus, the route to zero carbon

This report analyses the definition of a Zero Carbon building in the UK and compares national Building Regulations in Zero Carbon building with a Passivhaus Classic and renewables. The report highlights problems such as the performance gap...

UK Green Building Council presents industry framework for net zero carbon buildings

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has unveiled a framework for the UK construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to become net zero carbon by 2050, in line with the ambitions of the Paris Climate...

New USGBC research explores green building industry’s role in highlighting the importance of buildings as a global solution

As part of its Living Standard initiative, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released a new U.S. public research report titled Standard Issue that sets out to better gauge how the public feels about issues at the core of the...

Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) in Trentino Alto Adige - book

The book present exemplary selected projects carried out in the Trentino-Alto Adige region (Italy) exploring building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) systems (i.e. modules, construction system, energy systems). 18 case studies are...

Linking indoor environmental quality and energy performance in building regulation

People spending 60-90% of their life in indoor environments (homes, offices, schools, etc.), indoor air quality is essential in ensuring health, quality of life and performance of buildings’ occupants.   Building policies...

Indoor air quality, thermal comfort and daylight

This report about indoor air quality (IAQ), thermal comfort and daylight requirements in selected Member States addresses a range of topics of increasing importance for European buildings and their inhabitants. The aim of the report is to...

Energy Flexibility as a key asset in a smart building future - Position paper Annex 67

Position paper Annex 67 Annex 67 “Energy Flexible Buildings”, is a collaborative project supported by the Energy in Buildings and Communities program of the International Energy Agency. It aims to find a common definition...

Quantifying the benefits of energy renovation in non-residential –infographic

In a recent study, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has sought to answer the following question:   What are the quantified benefits of people-centric renovation of offices, schools and hospitals?   The...

Mapping the benefits of energy renovation in non-residential

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has undertaken a piece of research that can be considered a first step towards defining, measuring, quantifying and monetising the impact of indoor air quality, thermal comfort, acoustics,...

Benefits of energy renovation in non-residential – focusing on the market

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has developed a set of publications based on more than 400 academic articles, dozens of case studies and expert interviews focusing on health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings.  ...

Policy review of energy renovation in non-residential

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) has developed a set of publications based on more than 400 academic articles, dozens of case studies and expert interviews focusing on health, wellbeing and productivity in buildings.  ...

Methodology to quantify the benefits of energy renovation in non-residential

A set of publications, developed by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) and commissioned by Buildings 2030, takes an important step towards defining, measuring, quantifying and monetising the impact of indoor environmental...

Comparative analysis of standardized indicators for smart sustainable cities: what indicators and standards to use and when?

The choice of the most suitable indicator framework is crucial, but difficult, as it requires expert knowledge. To help cities in their choice, this paper compares seven recently published indicator standards for Smart sustainable cities...

New guidance for public officers on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: Navigating new requirements for renovation strategies

The Clean Energy for all Europeans policy package led to the revision of several key pieces of legislation related to the renovation of buildings. Most notable was the revision of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)...

Sustainable as the new normal for DGNB

DGNB published a report illustrating the importance of certification in the context of both achieving targets of emissions reduction as well as embarking into more transparency in the construction process.
The DGNB is the German Sustainable Building Council. Founded in 2007 by 16 initiators from a variety of specialist backgrounds in the construction and property industry, in order to promote sustainable building in the future.   The figures...