Environmental issues related to buildings

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Competing teams are challenged with designing a building including three economical, energy efficient and attractive dwellings for three families. Through the creative use of active and passive solar technologies, among other sustainable solutions, contestants must create a design project with the potential for development into a net-zero building.Designs must meet the following criteria: 1. Include three connected residences for families of two, four and six members, respectively;
Post date: 31 Aug 2011
Type: News

Für die Überprüfung von Energieproduktivitäts- und –einsparzielen, wie sie für Deutschland sowohl aus EU-Vorgaben als auch aus nationalen Zielsetzungen resultieren, ist es erforderlich, die Entwicklung der Energieproduktivität bzw. der Energieeffizienz kontinuierlich mittels geeigneter Indikatoren zu verfolgen. Dabei ist es sinnvoll, nicht nur die hochaggregierte gesamtwirtschaftliche Ebene zu betrachten, sondern einen sektoral differenzierten Ansatz zu verfolgen.
Post date: 30 Aug 2011
Type: Publication

It also provides evidence for claims that standard calculating methods underestimate the thermal performance of traditionally built buildings.
Post date: 26 Aug 2011
Type: Publication

The Green Deal seeks to encourage homeowners to install energy efficiency measures like loft and cavity wall insulation, but pre-1919 buildings do not have cavity walls and can require other measures instead like solid-wall insulation. According to open letters sent to Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), The National Trust and other organisations, the standardised approach being taken by the scheme could lead to ‘unsympathetic insulation and possibly inappropriate thermal upgrading’.
Post date: 26 Aug 2011
Type: News

Post date: 26 Aug 2011
Type: Publication

This paper will focus on small cogeneration units for use in single-family houses (“micro CHP”) and will discuss Market segments to be addressed Operation strategy possibilities (for CHP operation and other services) System design and sizing (control, heat storage, water side coupling) Technologies available (advantages, disadvantages, matureness, key performance parameters) Ownership and service/maintenance models
Post date: 26 Aug 2011
Type: Publication

Post date: 26 Aug 2011
Type: Publication