Renewable Energy Sources are becoming increasingly important in the power markets; it is calculated that almost 70 % of the global capacity additions to 2040 will be attributed to renewables. Among these, solar energy is considered to be the most promising because it is clean, abundant, inexhaustible, accessible and does not produce pollutants during its use.
Post date: 27 Apr 2021
According to recent estimates, the construction sector accounts for 40% of the energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. Decarbonising the building stock has therefore become one of the strategic priorities of the European Union and is among the main pillars of the European Green Deal.
Post date: 1 Dec 2020
The concept of zero energy settlements is relatively new as, until recently, the focus of EU policy was mainly on the building scale. These days, in view of the ambitious 2050 full decarbonisation target, the revival of the ‘neighborhood’ concept and the need to reduce the initial and operational costs the benefits from designing at the settlement level have been put in the spotlight.
Post date: 20 Nov 2020
Increasing the energy performance of the EU building stock is key for the EU to achieve its climate and energy goals. However, annually only around 0.2% to 0.3% of buildings across Europe are undergoing deep renovation (aiming at achieving energy savings of at least 60% compared to pre-renovation energy consumption levels) and the average owner or user often considers such actions as too expensive.
Post date: 21 Oct 2020
Webinar 7 – Example calculations with the set of EPB standards – (1) Introduction and overarching calculation procedures (12h00 – 13h30 – 6th October 2020)
Post date: 7 Oct 2020
ALDREN – ALliance for Deep RENovation in Buildings
The ALDREN Project – ALliance for Deep RENovation in buildings – focuses on increasing the rate and quality of building renovations through the development of performance assessments and certification schemes for deep renovation projects. ALDREN is targeted at office buildings and hotels.
Post date: 24 Sep 2020
This overview explores the concept of Architecture 4.0 and its relation to digital information and communication technologies. It is important to emphasise that the digital transformation, as described by the European Commission, is characterised by a fusion of advanced technologies and the integration of physical and digital systems, the predominance of innovative business models and new processes, and the creation of smart products and services.
Post date: 18 Sep 2020
Are architects ready for the digitalisation?
DigiPLACE - Building up a digital framework for the AEC sector
DigiPLACE is a EU-funded project running from September 2019 until May 2021. The project consortium is developing a feasibility study for the development of a European Industrial Digital Construction Platform in order to modernise the European Construction industry and ensure its global competitiveness in the 21st century.
Post date: 15 Sep 2020
Webinar 6 – Heating systems in the EPB standards (12h00 – 13h30 – 8th September 2020)
Following the successful previous webinars
Post date: 9 Sep 2020
Thermal comfort, indoor air quality and daylight are key factors in the comfort of building occupants. Despite the interconnection of these aspects and the related requirements, the way to achieve indoor air quality and thermal comfort are not clear enough in some EU countries.
Post date: 5 Aug 2020