On-site renewable energy sources

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Before the refurbishment started, the local authority had around 1,500 bedsits right across the city. Known as zero-bed units, they were small – usually no more than 26 square metres – and as they aged, they became progressively less attractive to tenants.   Moreover, the more unattractive the location, the more ‘de-tenanted’ they became. So began a vicious cycle of vacancy, dilapidation and social deterioration.  
Post date: 8 Jan 2021
Type: Case

The Charles de Gaulle is a preschool and elementary school building located in Tourcoing, France.   It is a certified Passive House new build.   THERMAL ENVELOPE:   Exterior wall
Post date: 8 Jan 2021
Type: Case

La Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB) annoncent la conclusion d’un accord de prêt de 600 millions d’euros, dont une première partie de 300 millions a été formalisée ce jour, pour la construction soutenable et la rénovation de bâtiments éducatifs en Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles.  
Post date: 7 Jan 2021
Type: News

Architecture firm Dialog has revealed plans for a cross-laminated timber higher education building in Canada, which it says will be the first of its kind.   The project, called A-Block Building Expansion, is a six-storey addition to an existing building at Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology in Scarborough, which is about a 20-minute drive from downtown Toronto.  
Post date: 2 Jan 2021
Type: Case

The Kohlerhaus, a building dating back to the 14th century, was renovated to accommodate 10 apartments with the high standards of comfort and efficiency. The historical research carried out by the architect revealed the rich past of the building, that served as priest house, hotel or guest house. The retrofit of the building included external insulation the wall with reed mats, new replica windows and new building services (radiating heating and mechanical ventilation).  
Post date: 2 Jan 2021
Type: Case

“If we intend to take the Paris Agreement seriously, we will have to accelerate the deployment of renewable technologies in heating and cooling.”  
Post date: 2 Jan 2021
Type: News

Surface area is an important but limited resource in cities that aim to become climate neutral. It can be used to, for example, generate heat or electricity via active solar systems, improve air quality via greening, or provide cooling thanks to highly reflective and emissive materials.   Scientists at Italian institute Eurac have now developed a multi-factor approach to study the synergies and conflicts that arise from using ground, facade and roof space in urban communities.
Post date: 2 Jan 2021
Type: News

Energy demand for space cooling has more than tripled since 1990, making it the fastest-growing end use in buildings. Space cooling was responsible for emissions of about 1 GtCO2 and nearly 8.5% of total final electricity consumption in 2019.  
Post date: 2 Jan 2021
Type: Publication

The Institute of Zero Energy Buildings published an enlightening report about energy poverty.   This report analyses energy poverty, unravels its strong link with energy transition and provides recommendations to tackle this issue.   In this report, you will find :   
Post date: 2 Jan 2021
Type: Publication

VEF Virtual Series “Products Track” Session 6   Supporting Economic Recovery Through Innovation and Digitalisation 15 March 2021   VEF Virtual Series  
Post date: 30 Dec 2020
Type: Event