Indoor environment (thermal comfort, indoor air quality, acoustics)

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Doctor's orders - The complex relationship between energy retrofits and human health

In July, the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee released a report which was highly critical of the current lack of progress in building energy efficiency work, particularly in England. The report urged a seven-fold...

Getting the most out of your heat pump

Your cold-climate heat pump can save a lot on heating and cooling costs. Whether your heat pump is ductless or centrally ducted, this new technology is different than the conventional heating and air conditioning systems that you’re probably used to...

venticool newsletter issue #13 - December 2018

New standardization projects relevant to ventilative cooling applications have officially been initiated under Technical Committees (TC) in the European Committee for Standardization (CEN/TC 156) and the International Organization for...

AIVC March 2019 Newsletter

This issue of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre’s (AIVC) newsletter provides an overview of the centre’s latest achievements and initiatives i.e. information on past and future events, new publications, feedback on on-going AIVC...

Energy benchmarking in educational buildings through cluster analysis of energy retrofitting

A large part of the stock of Italian educational buildings have undertaken energy retrofit interventions, thanks to European funds allocated by complex technical-administrative calls. In these projects, the suggested retrofit...

European Energy Poverty Index (EEP I)

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...

Combined seismic and energy upgrading of existing buildings using advanced materials

Of the current EU building stock, 80% was built before the 90's, while 40% are pre-60's and a considerable amount being even older and classified as cultural patrimony, thus requiring preservation techniques if we want to maintain this...

Design of a ventilation system coupled with a Horizontal Air-Ground Heat Exchanger

Energy consumption in new buildings can be reduced at the design stage.   This study optimizes the ventilation system design of a new residential building located in a warm climate (Southern Italy). Different system options of horizontal...

Behaviour change for energy efficiency: a policy brief from the Policy Learning Platform on Low-carbon economy

Behavioural issues need to be considered in all aspects of the energy transition, from improving awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energies, to making sure that technologies are easy to use, and that financial...

Energy sufficiency and rebound effects

The concept of energy sufficiency is gaining increasing attention as a potentially promising approach to mitigating climate change. However, there is no single agreed definition of energy sufficiency. Some authors consider...