A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada: Charting a path forward for large buildings
This report by Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)’s demonstrates the critical role that existing buildings play in realising Canada’s low carbon future. The document aims to empower government and industry with recommendations that drive uptake in building retrofits, introduce a carbon perspective on building performance, and enable the growth of Canada’s clean economy.
Findings include (among others):
Post date: 29 Sep 2017
The performance of Passivhaus in new construction: Post occupancy evaluation of certified Passivhaus dwellings in the UK: Early Results
This paper published by the Passivhaus Trust, the UK Passive House Organisation, analyses the performance of a number of certified Passivhaus dwellings in the UK. The research is focused on certified new-build Passivhaus homes, both single dwellings and multi residential.
Post date: 29 Aug 2017
Co2olBricks project focused on the important contents in the field of heritage conservation: How to reduce the energy consumption of historical buildings without destroying their cultural value and identity. Every country in the Baltic Sea Region and Europe has to face these issues and is looking for solutions.
The project's main objectives were the following:
Post date: 24 Aug 2017
Setting up Qualification and Continuing Education and Training Scheme for Middle and Senior Level Professionals on Energy Efficiency and Use of Renewable Energy Sources in Buildings
Post date: 11 Aug 2017
As occupant behaviour can be considered as one of the main drivers of the performance gap, the Horizon 2020 funded TOPAs project (Tools for cOntinuous building Performance Auditing) will focus on reducing the gap from an operational perspective, hence supporting Post Occupancy Evaluation. Quantifying the performance gap is non-trivial, the performance gap is dependent on time and contextual factors, and individual buildings will have a particular performance gap.
Post date: 10 Aug 2017
Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) organises its 15th edition of Green Building Congress from 4 - 7 October 2017 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. The 3-day event would be marked by international conference, concurrent sessions, international exhibition and award programmes.
Post date: 9 Aug 2017
Highly Innovative building control Tools Tackling the energy performance Gap
The actual energy consumption of buildings in Europe often significantly exceeds the expected energy requirements. This gap in energy performance can arise from construction errors or from differences between the way a building was intended to be used and how it is actually used.
An energy management platform could help to reduce this energy gap - and this will be easier thanks to a new and innovative energy reporting platform.
Post date: 8 Aug 2017
Toolboxes for systemic retrofitting
The vision of the fp7 RetroKit project was to develop and demonstrate multifunctional, modular, low cost and easy to install prefabricated modules in order to significantly increase the EU retrofitting rate and contribute to EU energy reduction commitments.
Post date: 7 Aug 2017
Boosting investments on sustainable building renovation is vital for achieving a clean energy transition in Europe. This is particularly true as buildings are responsible for 40% of European primary energy consumption and 36% of CO₂ emissions. The problem is: there is no easy way for cities to access financing, including from the EU.
Post date: 14 Jul 2017
Reuters, 15 June 2017
Oil producer Norway will prohibit the use of oil and paraffin to heat buildings from 2020 as it tries to rein in domestic emissions of greenhouse gases, the government said on Thursday.
The ban will cover new and old buildings, and applies to private homes and businesses as well as publicly owned facilities, the Ministry of Climate and Environment announced.
"Those using fossil oil for heating must find other options by 2020," Environment Minister Vidar Helgesen said in a statement.
Post date: 3 Jul 2017