Post date: 25 Aug 2016
This guide, released by the Zero Carbon Hub, is a step-by-step guide for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) housebuilders on building energy efficient homes cost effectively. It begins with highlighting high areas of cost risk when building a low energy home and focuses specifically on photovoltaics (PV) and solar thermal, wall insulation, heating, airtightness and ventilation, thermal bridges and orientation.
Post date: 16 Aug 2016
The International Energy Agency’s (IEA) June 2016 report on Energy and Air pollution identifies air pollution as the world’s no. 4 threat to human health. The report underlines that most of the roots and cures are to be found in the energy sector. As a consequence, the building sector which represents 40% of all energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions should be the first point of action. It is widely known that building insulation can bring significant energy savings; CO2 reductions; higher energy security; higher employment and increased competitiveness.
Post date: 5 Jul 2016
Noise pollution within the home is a predicament which affects the inhabitants of cities in France and is becoming a growing concern for environmental health.
A decree of the law of energy transition, published June 16, 2016 aims for a better acoustically sound environment in buildings in the event of major renovation, where the well-being of everyone in their living space will be taken into account.
Post date: 17 Jun 2016
In the context of the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive-EPBD (2010/31/EU), European Aluminium invites you to have a look at the animation explaining how to assess the thermal performance of windows.
Windows are different from other construction products: their performance cannot be reduced to insulation properties, as their solar gains and ventilative cooling matter as well.
Finally, the façade orientation, climate condition and window size define which properties matter the most.
Post date: 13 May 2016
A healthy and cool indoor climate is a basic living right. Facility owners and managers make it a prime objective to guarantee this key necessity for their residents. Large investments in often complex cooling networks are required to fit the purpose of providing long lasting and energy efficient cooling solutions.
Reality tells a different story.
Post date: 15 Feb 2016
Two minimal invasive refurbishment systems are currently being tested at two multi-family houses in Frankfurt, Germany. The first concept is based on the insulation of integrated ventilation ducts and supply through window opening. The other one consists of multi-functional window modules. Both systems are pre-fabricated and the primary refurbishment measures can be carried out from the outside. The aim is easier handling, improved flexibilty and easier integration with traditional construction processes.
Post date: 8 Dec 2015
Italy: the energy efficiency way of the washing-machine shaped dwellings in Genoa A social housing district with poor insulation, a municipality that is meeting a long-standing demand by residents while transforming the area into a model for eco-sustainability San Pietro is a peripheral neighbourhood overlooking the city of Genoa, North-West of Italy. It is also known as Lavatrici (washing machines), because of the concrete slabs with empty circles that characterise the façades of its buildings.
Post date: 4 Dec 2015
New near zero energy buildings are increasingly springing up around Europe, though their impact on reducing the region’s energy consumption will remain a drop in the ocean without a drive to take new technologies to existing building stock
Post date: 4 Dec 2015
ISOBIO project uses low carbon materials for better energy performance in building envelopes to capture the imagination of homebuilders and owners
Post date: 24 Nov 2015