Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have launched a new Practitioner's Guide on the Statistical Treatment of Energy Performance Contracts.
Post date: 29 Jun 2018
Funded by the European Commission for €1.7 million under the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation, SEAF is a two year project that enables investment in small to medium sized projects in Sustainable Energy Assets (SEA) such as Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and Distributed Renewable Generation: the largely underserved SME market is comprised of industry and commercial buildings that have significant potential for more sustainable energy use.
Post date: 29 Jun 2018
The improvement of environmental performance in building construction could be achieved by prefabrication. This study quantifies and compares the environmental impacts of a Concrete Glulam Framed Panel (CGFP): the basic configuration of this precast component consists in a Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) frame structure supporting a thin reinforced concrete slab with an interior insulation panel and covered by finishing layers.
Post date: 28 Jun 2018
Buildings and settlements are nowadays increasingly expected to meet higher and potentially more complex levels of performance. They should be sustainable, use zero-net energy, be healthy and comfortable, grid-friendly, yet economical to build and maintain. Buildings are central to the EU‘s energy efficiency policy. Improving the energy performance of Europe‘s building stock is crucial, not only to achieve the EU‘s 2020 targets but also to meet the longer term objectives of the climate strategy as laid down in the low carbon economy roadmap 2050.
Post date: 20 Jun 2018
The 7th edition of the EeB PPP Project Review has been published. This yearly publication presents the progress of a portfolio of 168 European research projects aiming at developing new technologies for energy efficient buildings. 110 projects are co-funded within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) from 2010 to 2013 and 58 projects are co-funded under the Horizon 2020 programme between 2014 and 2017.
Post date: 18 Jun 2018
There are many considerations when installing LED light systems and this can be daunting for procurers. Selecting quality products, a competent installer, using daylight to your advantage and optimal design are just some of the considerations.
Premium Light Pro has produced a comprehensive guide for installation of indoor lighting in the non-domestic sector. At the heart of this lies the project's Procurement Criteria, which serves as a benchmark of high quality.
Post date: 8 Jun 2018
The revised Energy Performance of Building Directive has been just approved by the EU parliament, and in the coming weeks will be published in the Official Journal of the Union. In the meanwhile, we will give an insight on the main achievements promoted by the new EPBD!
Post date: 23 Apr 2018
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) introduced Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) with the aim to create more transparency about the energy performance of individual buildings. To date, the implementation of this instrument varies significantly across Europe in terms of scope, information, comparability and user-friendliness, limiting its acceptance by users as well as its market penetration.
Post date: 30 Jan 2018
From the 25th of May 2018, the most important change in European data privacy regulation, in two decades, comes into force.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation aims to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches. Although the key principles of data privacy still hold true, data collectors will have to abide by new rules such as: clear consent requests, timely breach notifications, the right to be forgotten, privacy by design, to just name a few.
Post date: 29 Jan 2018
Air ventilation is one of the top energy users in residential buildings. Smart ventilation equipment and controls help to reduce the amount of energy use attributable to ventilation in homes while maintaining high indoor air quality. Ventilation can also be used as a resource for utility grid demand response if done intelligently. A key component of the smart ventilation concept is the use of controls to ventilate more when doing so provides an energy or air quality advantage and/or a resource to the power grid, and less when it provides a disadvantage.
Post date: 11 Jan 2018