Sustainable Public, Cooperative and Social Housing

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Housing: an essential piece of the ‘Next Generation EU’ puzzle

The Coronavirus pandemic has put the spotlight on Europe’s housing crisis, exposing the shortcomings of our housing policies that have increased inequalities and destabilized our societies. Now that the “Stay at home” guidelines pushed us more than...

Green recovery for Denmark: a new renovation scheme for the social housing sector

On the 1st of May, Denmark's Social Democratic Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, made a crucial announcement that relieved many public housing companies in Denmark: a proposal to activate 30 billion DKK from the Landsbyggefonden (the National...

G20 Energy Ministers embrace energy efficiency and renewables and focus on energy investments

 On 2 October 2015, in Istanbul, Turkey, the Energy Ministers from the G20 countries and heads of international organisations met for the first time, affirming their commitment to renewable energy.  The meeting focused on access...

New EU rules and measures for heaters leading up to possible 20% savings on households' energy bills

On 26 September 2015, new ecodesign and energy labelling measures introduced by the European Union came into force. A new energy label will inform consumers about the energy efficiency of heating products, while minimum efficiency...

New multifunctional modular façade system for smart building monitoring

A new multifunctional modular façade system, able to adapt to a variety of climatic conditions, aims at allowing real-time monitoring of the energy consumption of buildings through multiple sensors: a grid of sensors embedded into an...

70 financing institutions committed to step up energy efficiency investment

A two-day conference was held by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) in Istanbul. The EBRD, recognised energy efficiency as one of the most...

OVERVIEW | Data tools supporting improved energy performance of buildings: Evolution and perspectives. Part 2 – Integrated Hardware and Software

The evolution of data tools that support improved energy performance of buildings follows the broader development of data management and processing, a field which has expanded rapidly in recent years. This article reviews the various...

Business models for cost and Energy Efficient construction works with special incidence of retrofitting: NewBee project

The increasing cost of traditional energy sources and the availability of new emerging building technologies in lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, insulation, energy monitoring as well as integrated renewable energy...

How to raise the number of nZEBs in Europe? - Interview with experts providing their insight - part 1

As part of the DIRECTION project´s outreach activity aimed at maximising replicability potential, Spanish-based partner DRAGADOS held a workshop in June with various experts about the future of nZEBs across the continent.José Luis...

OVERVIEW | Energy Efficiency in Public, Cooperative and Social Housing within the context of the Energy Union

Housing and the EU Energy Union   The Energy Union is a strategy proposed by the European Commission and endorsed by Member States which aims to make energy policies more coherent in the EU, while contributing to the...