Building operation, monitoring, energy management

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All over the EU, Social Housing organisations are increasing the energy efficiency of their housing stock, however there remains potential for further improvements. To accelerate this process,  experts from national and regional federations need a platform where they can learn from each others’ successes and mistakes, exchange advice, tips and experience on all issues related to energy use in social housing.  
Post date: 10 Dec 2009
Type: Topic

Homeowners in Birmingham, Sunderland, London Borough of Sutton and Stroud will be testing out new ways to finance whole house energy makeovers under the Government’s £4m Pay As You Save scheme. Following an open competition, Birmingham City Council, Gentoo Sunderland, British Gas, B&Q UK and Stroud District Council have been chosen to deliver individual projects in the first ever UK trials. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband said:
Post date: 9 Dec 2009
Type: News

This milestone marks ten months of exceptional growth for the Covenant of Mayors’ initiative, as the number of local authorities participating has almost trebled since the first signing ceremony in February 2009. “I welcome the commitment to local sustainable energy demonstrated by Rostock today as the 1000th signatory of the Covenant,” says Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs. “The number of communities now involved is a clear indication of the strong belief in tackling climate in a coherent way at local level.”
Post date: 9 Dec 2009
Type: News

Post date: 7 Dec 2009
Type: News

Lord Hunt said: “A global climate deal in Copenhagen needs all countries to make the most ambitious commitments possible, but it will also require all of us to change how we lead our lives and how we generate our energy. ... Smart meters will put the power in people’s hands, enabling us all to control how much energy we use, cut emissions and cut bills. ... Smart grids will help manage the massive shift to low carbon electricity such as wind, nuclear and clean fossil fuels. ...
Post date: 3 Dec 2009
Type: News

Mechanical ventilation and air conditioning control the indoor conditions with a specific high consistency range that is independent of external conditions, whereas passive systems cannot be regulated that precisely and quickly. However, passive cooling makes proper use of the existing natural possibilities and principles, uncharged by side effects, thus simulating better the natural conditions, providing a feeling of comfort and using less to no energy. 
Post date: 2 Dec 2009
Type: Ask the Experts

As has already been done for centuries before us, good indoor climate conditions during summer can be achieved through efficient use of the physical and natural conditions and sources around the building such as its position and orientation, the relief, the climate, the vegetation, the wind direction, air velocity etc. During design of the building such parameters need to be taken into account to prevent the building from overheating, by using proper materials, making efficient use of windows and openings, providing sufficient shading, night cooling, etc.
Post date: 2 Dec 2009
Type: Ask the Experts

“This loan is part of the European Investment Bank’s continued strong commitment to promoting economic development across South Africa. Working closely with FirstRand Bank to increase electricity generation capacity and promote use of renewable energy will make a key contribution to sustainable growth in the country” highlighted Plutarchos Sakellaris, EIB Vice-President responsible for activities in South Africa.
Post date: 1 Dec 2009
Type: News

The 'Electricity Consumption and Efficiency Trends in the European Union' report, issued on 30 November 2009 by the JRC Institute for Energy (IE), calculates the market share of energy-efficient appliances and equipment and the energy consumption by sector in 2007. It also identifies the appliances in which energy efficiency has the largest potential: domestic, street and office lighting; televisions and stand-by appliances in households, as well as electric motors in industry.
Post date: 30 Nov 2009
Type: News