General

The challenge The EC estimates that about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient.   At the same time, only 0.4-1.2% of the building stock renovated each year (depending on the country) [1].  
Post date: 6 Aug 2019
Type: News

The basic need for hot water is very expensive as it heaps a huge amount of energy. It is believed that more than 18% of domestic energy is used to heat water.  In most homes and businesses this energy is generated from fossil fuels – gas and oil.  Most modern domestic boilers run on gas and heat water on demand.  
Post date: 31 Jul 2019
Type: News

The warmer it gets, the more people crank up the air conditioning (AC). In fact, AC is booming in nations across the world: it’s predicted that around two thirds of the world’s households could have an air conditioner by 2050, and the demand for energy to cool buildings will triple.  
Post date: 31 Jul 2019
Type: News

Yes, it’s true: the D part of the DGNB name stands for Deutsch. We’re German. This has no impact on our operations as an NPO, however: we act on the global stage. Whether it’s in Europe or many other corners of the world, we set up networks and are a much sought-after partner and platform of knowledge for many issues affecting sustainable construction. Probably one of the best examples of this is a recently initiated partnership in Spain.    
Post date: 31 Jul 2019
Type: News

In recent years, the term “circular economy” has become increasingly widespread and has also reached the construction industry. There are a variety of levers for implementing the concept in the construction and real estate sector. In the report “Circular Economy – Closing loops means being fit for the future“, the DGNB has gathered these levers and addresses the relevant stakeholders whose support and participation is required for a transition towards a circular economy.  
Post date: 31 Jul 2019
Type: News

Less than 2% of properties sold in Ireland between January 2017 and October 2018 were A rated – the highest energy efficient rating for homes – despite many technologies available to upgrade homes. And just 11% of dishwashers and 14% of fridges sold in 2018 in Spain were of the highest A+++ energy rating for appliances. The findings come from a project called CONSEED, which investigates what encourages people to buy energy efficient appliances, houses and cars.  
Post date: 31 Jul 2019
Type: News

#21 Newsletter includes: -The RESTORE project in Flyer and Poster format -WG3 final Booklet now available! The main question Working Group 3 faced is how a building can be built, operated and maintained in a regenerative manner. The WG3 Booklet now reports about the findings of this working group providing answers on how this can be achieved through integration of restorative and regenerative principles into the construction and operation process. 
Post date: 30 Jul 2019
Type: News

President Salomé Zourabichvili of Georgia has joined a high-level global commission that is studying how to quickly speed up energy efficiency progress through new and stronger policy action. The new panel is composed of senior government figures, top business executives and energy sector thought leaders from around the world. It will produce a concise list of clear, actionable recommendations next year for policy actions that can be taken by countries across the globe to rapidly accelerate progress on energy efficiency.  
Post date: 30 Jul 2019
Type: News

New solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are set to reach a record high this year, driven by improving markets in Europe and the United States and fast growth in India and Vietnam, consultancy Wood Mackenzie said on Thursday. Low auction prices are also expected to help boost new solar PV capacity by the end of this year to 114.5 gigawatts (GW), 17.5% higher than 2018 and the first time new installations have exceeded 100 GW.  
Post date: 30 Jul 2019
Type: News

Introduction to this issue:   This newsletter contains a selection of information dedicated to Research & Innovation for the Construction & Built Environment sector. Access all the news published on ECTP website here.
Post date: 30 Jul 2019
Type: News