plus energy / positive energy buildings

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Backed by its mission to protect the Pacific Northwest’s natural environment and promote healthy and sustainable ecosystems, the Bullitt Foundation wanted their new headquarters to be built to the highest level of sustainability. They also wanted the building to be a demonstration project that would set a new standard for developers, architects, engineers and contractors.  
Post date: 29 Apr 2020
Type: Case

The Lycée pour Professions de Santé in Ettelbruck, now the largest wooden building in the Grand Duchy, is a pilot project. It is indeed the first Luxembourg public building with positive energy. It is also the first in Luxembourg to aim for a "Minergie-P- ECO" certification. In addition to the comfort of the occupants, which reaches its highest level thanks to this certification, it is also the ecological footprint of the building that has been at the centre of attention since the design phase.  
Post date: 19 Apr 2020
Type: Case

When the new grammar school building was erected in Diedorf, an ‘integrated design process’ was applied, demonstrating that it is possible to plan innovatively and sustainably and still ensure that available resources are used economically and sparingly throughout the entire life cycle of a building.  
Post date: 17 Apr 2020
Type: Case

In 2011, a detached house built in Mühltal outside Darmstadt in the 1970s became the first of its kind to be restored and converted into an ‘surplus energy’ house complete with electric vehicle technology.  Following the redevelopment, the building generates more energy than it requires. But this was not achieved by cramming the house full of new technology. It adheres to the highest interior standards and has a classic, timeless feel about it.  
Post date: 4 Mar 2020
Type: Case

Implementing Rapid and Dramatic Carbon Reductions in the Global Built Environment   Over the next 4 decades, the world is projected to construct 230 billion square meters (2.5 trillion square feet) of buildings, an area roughly equal to the current worldwide building stock, or the equivalent of adding another New York City to the planet every 34 days.  
Post date: 5 Feb 2020
Type: Event

Built in 2019, the Eisbärhaus was designed as a passive building comprising two units. Building materials were selected according to guidelines provided by the Austrian environmental association Umweltverband Vorarlberger Gemeindehaus. All exterior walls consist of wooden timbers treated with cellulose to provide thermal insulation (layer thickness: 42cm).  
Post date: 5 Feb 2020
Type: Case

Nel realizzare case che consumano meno, o che addirittura producono più energia di quanta ne consumano, sono diverse le variabili da tenere in conto. Per dirne alcune: bisogna capire le tecnologie a disposizione sul mercato, il loro costo e la loro accessibilità, l’ambiente e il clima. Ma c’è un altro aspetto che spesso viene trascurato: come si comporta chi usa l’edificio, da quale cultura proviene e quali abitudini ha?   
Post date: 13 Nov 2019
Type: News

Tracking progress in the delivery on the right to energy services for all is crucial for making Europe’s energy transition a just transition. The European Energy Poverty Index (EEPI) allows, for the first time, assessing progress made by Member States in alleviating both transport energy poverty, domestic energy poverty and their nexus.
Post date: 8 Mar 2019
Type: Publication

1st Nordic Conference on Zero Emission and Plus Energy Buildings – Abstract Submission Open   The first Nordic Conference on Zero Emission and Plus Energy Buildings will be arranged in Trondheim, Norway, on Nov 6-7 2019. The conference will present state-of-the art research and practical solutions that pave the way towards a low carbon built environment, with a focus on Nordic countries. The abstract submission portal is now open, and we welcome contributions within the following topics.  
Post date: 19 Nov 2018
Type: Event

District heating (DH) systems are key systems for the de-carbonization of heating energy in European Cities. In order to allow for this transition, while guaranteeing competitive energy costs, conversion of DHs is required. DH operation temperature needs to be reduced in order to increase the performance of renewable systems and operation criteria needs to be adopted for the introduction of weather-dependent, distributed heat sources such as solar systems.
Post date: 24 Jul 2018
Type: Publication