Nearly zero-energy buildings

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Liquid windows and the energy-efficient buildings of tomorrow

They look like ordinary windows but they're not. Inside each pane, there is a continuous flow of distilled water and glycol. The windows have been designed by researchers and architects working to create the energy-efficient buildings of tomorrow....

OVERVIEW | Tools for photovoltaics in buildings

Today’s energy market is rapidly transforming with the diffusion of new decentralized energy actors. In this scenario, buildings play a relevant role for the energy transition that European countries are facing. They are expected to shift from...

EU finances energy efficient building and innovation in Finland

The European Union will support two innovative companies in Finland in the form of loans from the European Investment Bank (EIB).   The first is a €150 million loan to SATO Corporation to construct new near-zero-energy buildings (NZEBs)...

The continued growth in buildings emissions contrasts starkly with the maturity of the technological solutions available

On November 2, 2016, the Climate Action Tracer (CAT) released its analysis of the building sector.  "Constructing the Future:  Will the Building Sector Use its Decarbonisation Tools"  examines specific energy-intensive sectors. It looks at...

"Energy Renovation goes straight to EU citizen"

Renovate Europe Day 2016   Renovate Europe held its sixth edition of Renovate Europe Day (REDay2016) on 13 October in Brussels, attended by over 100 participants and under the patronage of the Slovak Presidency of the EU...

ZEBRA 2020 final conference: Presentations available

On September 8th, the H2020 project called ZEBRA 2020 held its final conference on « monitoring the market uptake of nZEBS across Europe ».   Objectives  ZEBRA2020 was launched end of April 2014 in Vienna and monitors...

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...