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6th Jeffrey Cook Workshop in Desert Architecture

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6th Jeffrey Cook Workshop in Desert Architecture

6th Jeffrey Cook Workshop in Desert Architecture

ZERO- PLUS Energy Settlements

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 energy efficiency policy. Improving the energy performance of the building stock is crucial, not only to achieve targets such as those of EU's 2020 ones, but also tomeet the longer term objectives of the climate strategy as laid down in the low carbon economy roadmap 2050.


The aim of the ZERO-PLUS research project is to search for buildings design for new highly energy performing buildings (H2020-EE-2015-1-PPP). Towards this goal, a comprehensive, cost-effective modular system for Net Zero Energy (NZE) settlements is currently being developed and implemented in a series of case studies across the EU.


In ZERO-PLUS, the challenge of significantly reducing the costs of NZE settlements is achieved through the implementation of three parallel strategies:

  • Increasing the efficiency of the components directly providing the energy conservation and energy generation in the NZE settlement.
  • Reducing the "balance of system" costs through efficient production and installation processes.
  • Reducing operational costs through better management of the loads and resources on a district scale rather than on the scale of a single building.

This two-day event will bring together in Israel some of the ZERO-PLUS EU central partners, as well as experts from other countries, in order to discuss lessons and insights gained so far, and the ramifications of this and similar projects around the world.


Check the preliminary Program:


Kindly note that attendance is free, but reservations need to be made in advance due to room restrictions. RSVP by email to


This event is organized under the auspices of the Jeffrey Cook Charitable Trust, in collaboration with the ZERO-PLUS Partners, the Israel Green Building Council – ILGBC, BGU Green Campus, and BGU VP for R&D.

ZERO-PLUS and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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