Nearly zero-energy buildings

Cyprus edging toward zero-energy buildings

Cyprus has incorporated into its national law an EU Directive (2010/31/EU) which aims to improve the energy performance of buildings while taking into account the external climatic conditions and indoor climate requirements.   A series of laws...

Five Challenges to Upskilling Construction Workers

For quite some time, the need to upskill the construction industry labour force to deliver quality nearly zero-energy buildings (nZEB) and deep energy renovations is quoted as one of the main challenges to the sector nowadays.   Even though the...

Building renovation passports: one step closer towards better homes and deep renovation

Just when the release of the Energy Efficiency Package has been postponed, the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) provides an insightful research on building renovation passports, an evolution of Energy Performance Certificates...

Business leaders call for an EU vision for an NZEB-level building stock by 2050

On 23 September 2016, Chief executives of 42 major building firms and 6 industry trade associations sent a letter to the European Commission requesting it to set a target for retrofitting all European existing buildings to a Nearly Zero...

OVERVIEW | Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings – National applications of the EPBD definition

The Recast EPBD Article 9 requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) by 31 December 2020, and new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are NZEBs after 31 December...

Strengthening energy security in South-East Europe by investing in buildings

An analysis of the vulnerability to gas supply disruptions concludes that Central and South East European (SEE) countries are facing a strategic choice. The latest BPIE report finds that Slovakia and Hungary face a severe risk, and...

ASHRAE LowDown Showdown Modelling Challenge Teams Recognised

  Eight teams in the second annual ASHRAE Lowdown Showdown worked to find the right dose of designing and modelling to get a health care facility to net zero or below.   The 2016 ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling challenge, with...

CHESS SETUP project kickoff: on the way to a building´s energy self-sufficiency

CHESS SETUP, a European project seeking buildings’ energy self-sufficiency   Low temperature thermal demand (Domestic Hot Water and heating) is worth 50% of the apartment buildings’ needs. A new European project looks...

PROBIS project invites buyers to join its Sustainable Construction Interest Group

Public procurers and others interested in the sustainable construction sector are invited to join the Sustainable Construction Interest Group, to discuss and learn more about recent developments in the sector. The PROBIS...

World Sustainable Energy Days 2017 - Call for Papers

  More than 700 experts from over 50 countries are expected to attend the World Sustainable Energy Days 2017 (WSED17), one of Europe’s largest annual events on energy efficiency and renewable energy which will take place...