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Local policies and boundary conditions for PEHs

This report gives an overview of the different policies and related boundary conditions in Norway, France, Germany and Italy and shows how they influence the spread of PEB concepts. National funding schemes and policies were analysed in regard to...

Construction skills for mainstreaming nZEB: New tools & practices

Jan Cromwijk and Veronika Schröpfer introduce new training and assessment tools developed in several EU Horizon 2020 projects to assist practitioners to identify and address the strengths and weaknesses of their low carbon skills for new build and...

A nature-based Liverpool is on the way

The English city is renaturing itself, hence becoming more resilient to climate change and improving citizens’ quality of life. A decisive contribution comes from a series of nature-based solutions recently installed as part of the...

Horizon 2020 - European Green Deal call factsheet

€1 BILLION for research & innovation to boost the EU´s green recovery. The European Commission tables €1 billion under Horizon 2020 to respond to the climate crisis, provide more protection to Europe’s biodiversity and habitats under...

Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy

This promotional brochure of Task 59 IEA-SHC highlights the project structure, the organizational details and the project´s objectives, which are the following: Develop a knowledge base on how to renovate historic buildings towards their...

European energy labels: rescaling and transition periods

As a result of the development of more and more energy efficient products, and because the difference between A++ and A+++ is less obvious to the consumer, the EU energy labels categories will be gradually adjusted to reintroduce the...

Assessment Model of End-of-Life Costs and Waste Quantification in Selective Demolitions: Case Studies of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings

Open access article in Sustainability journal  
Abstract: Innovative designs, such as those taking place in nearly zero-energy buildings, need to tackle Life Cycle Cost, because reducing the impact of use can carry other collateral and unexpected costs. For example, it...

Energy services and the renovation wave: Opportunities for a green economic recovery in Europe

Given that new EU resources must ensure EU economic recovery while aligning investment with the objectives of the European Green Deal, now is the time to ensure short-term measures are put in place to facilitate immediate action, as well...

Zero carbon buildings 2050

A net-zero economy by 2050 in the EU requires bold action across all sectors, and in none more than buildings. The building sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.   In its long-term strategy for...

X-tendo responds to the EPC harmonisation challenge by exploring indicators for its innovative features – first developments are presented in a new report

European Member States have different legislation in place and systems to run Energy performance certificate (EPC) schemes. X-tendo proposes conceptual approaches for features combining new ideas with existing methods to work towards...