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Solar Thermal Industry expresses lukewarm welcome to Energy Package

The European Commission released today a set of legislative measures related to the energy sector, referred to as the Winter Package. Most notably, it contains the revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED), the Energy Efficiency Directive (...

Energy efficiency first: Bold words must become bold action

European Commission’s Energy Union underplays the potential of energy efficiency but opens door for MEPs and Member States to move the efficiency agenda forward.   Brussels, 30 November 2016 – Today, the European Commission released its...

Energy efficiency: Time for an Energy Union closer to citizens

"More than ever, EU projects are scrutinised for their contribution to the Union’s general interest and to bringing direct and tangible benefits to citizens", says Coalition for Energy Savings   On 18 November 2016, an impressive...

Responsible Architecture is a peaceful force

On the occasion of the opening of the COP 22 in Marrakech, the Architects’ Council of Europe reiterates its commitments with respect to climate change   As the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) opens in Marrakech,...

3 priorities to tap into the energy saving potential of modern windows

The building glass façade and window industry represented by European Aluminium, EuroWindoor, ES-SO and Glass for Europe come together to call for a modernised EPBD to unleash the energy savings potential of high performing windows.  ...

Not just Pokémon – prepare for an augmented reality deluge

26 October 2016 by Benedict O'Donnell Original article: https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/not-just-pok-mon-prepare-augmented-reality-deluge_en.html     Augmented reality took the public by storm this summer, driving 100...

An ambitious Energy Efficiency package needed to realise State of the Union goals

Following President Juncker’s State of the Union address on 14 September, Eurima believes that a strong renovation strategy is part of the receipe for a better Europe, helping to boost jobs and growth, lowering citizens’s bills and...

nZEB provisions for existing buildings: delayed refurbishments or market-driven major renovations?

On 29 July 2016, the European Commission published its recommendation on nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB).   Many stakeholders who commented on the draft last year were looking forward to the final version, especially concerning the...

The meaning of Brexit

On 23 June 2016, the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. ‘Brexit means Brexit’, says the new Prime Minister, but what might Brexit mean for energy and buildings? Hywel Davies, Technical Director at CIBSE explains what we know so...

EC Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) indistinct about role of Building Efficiency

The European Commission’s Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR) addressing the so-called non-ETS sectors of the economy which should contribute to reducing emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2005 – by setting of national binding...

Brexit: A wake-up call for a citizens’ energy transition!

I can’t speak for you, but in my case, the Brexit had for me the opposite effect of the fall of the Berlin wall. I was in high school in 1989, but it was clear to me that the reunification of Germany would lead to a more...

Analytics solutions: from data overload to improved building performances

The advent of IoT increase considerably the potential number of smart devices collecting data, resulting in an additional level of complexity for facility managers. Analytics solutions effectively manage the new...

10th International BUILDAIR Symposium - Call for Papers

The 10th International BUILDAIR Symposium, on March 31 and April 1, 2017, in Hannover, offers a futureoriented programme about the field of airtight building envelopes, thermography and ventilation systems. Its ambition is to disseminate...

Understanding the importance and triggering the demand for building commissioning

Commissioning makes sure energy efficiency investments maintain their optimal factory-intended operational states, regularly testing their performances. It was introduced in the late 1980s however, despite proven studies, global awareness...

EU Climate and Energy policies at risk of ‘’la pensée unique’’

I used to think that Western democracies protect their citizens from “la pensée unique” (a narrow and single way of thinking). My concerns relate to the “consensus” in the “energy efficiency community” about how the “Better Regulation...

Could consumers tip the balance of the EU energy transition?

The 2016 edition of the EU Sustainable Energy Week was about empowering consumers. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, the commissioner of climate and energy, made it clear that the energy transition is also about the active...

PROF / TRAC - Second Newsletter - June 2016

Welcome to PROF/TRAC’s second newsletter! This is a bi-annual newsletter with updated news and events from around Europe on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) in the framework of the Horizon 2020 project PROF/TRAC. PROF / TRAC is a 3-...

ACE is releasing a suite of 8 policy statements in support of the ACE Manifesto

The Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) is releasing eight policy statements in support of the ACE Manifesto to promote responsible architecture, advance the highest professional standards and optimise professional mobility....

10 things to know on Energy Efficiency Review in 2016

The Europe 2020 Strategy involves a number of policies to help Member States towards their 2020 targets. Realising the EU’s long-established intention to ‘turn the European Union into the most energy efficient economy in the world’ will...

The road to energy efficient buildings through the eyes of environmental NGOs

  ECOS, a pan-European association of environmental NGOs, and a partner of CEN, is the only organisation representing the environmental interest in standardisation processes at European level. One of their many work areas includes the...