AZEB studied the use of indicators for measuring the social performance of a building. The social performance of two AZEB case studies, in Spain and Bulgaria, was investigated.
The study shows how the European standard could aid decision making for cost-effective nZEB development.
Post date: 19 Aug 2019
As part of the dissemination tasks of 4RinEU, training and skills development is a substantial component. Particularly, such tasks are devoted to developing the necessary skills for a new generation of practitioners in the energy retrofit of buildings.
Accordingly, last Spring, researchers from Eurac held a two-day training session on the software Early-RENo last 16-17 May 2019.
Post date: 12 Aug 2019
In integrative building design, interaction among all building disciplines and stakeholders is sought from the earliest development phases, aiming to achieve optimal solutions through iterative and lean approaches.
Post date: 5 Jul 2019
Getting on track to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, as was agreed in Paris back in 2015, would not just be good for our climate, but first and foremost for all citizens.
What changes to the European policy framework and new initiatives could be prepared and implemented in the coming years?
This paper on the zero carbon and circular challenge in the built environment puts forward several policy recommendations.
Post date: 26 Jun 2019
As building envelopes and mechanical and electrical equipment become more efficient, the impact of occupants on building energy increases.
Meanwhile, trends in teleworking, co-working and home-sharing mean vastly different occupancy than the standard occupancy schedules.
Post date: 12 Jun 2019
The conference will address policies at all levels, from EU to cities. Attention will be given to the integration of assessment systems in policies and in the decision-making processes of public authorities. The use of assessment systems in green public procurement (GPP), funding programs, regulations, urban plans, incentive-based policies will be debated. Strategies for the harmonization of public assessment systems at building, urban and territorial levels will be also discussed.
Post date: 14 Mar 2019
Sustainable building practice in Europe has to a large extent been led by green building certification schemes to date. These certifications cover hundreds of millions of m2 of building space and have achieved a high degree of market penetration in the non-residential sector of some European countries.
Post date: 8 Mar 2019
This paper focuses on the definition of Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) that represent one of the greatest opportunities to increase energy savings in Europe. As this term appears to be subject to different interpretations, the paper explores the NZEB literature to provide an overview of definitions. The analysis underlines inconsistencies and critical issues among them.
Post date: 9 Jan 2019
The research project EFIResources: Resource Efficient Construction towards Sustainable Design supports European policies related to the efficient use of resources in construction. Its major goal is the development of a performance-based approach for sustainable design, enabling to assess the resource efficiency of buildings, throughout the complete life cycle.
Post date: 7 Jan 2019
In the construction industry, the popularity of sustainability and its benefits have been on the rise in recent years.
Post date: 19 Dec 2018