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GrowSmarter - Combatting CO2 in Cologne

While energy efficiency via retrofitting old buildings and giving more control to citizens over their energy demand are part of the Cologne project, just as they are in many other European cities, the CO2 emissions produced by urban...

4th STUNNING Webinar - Project conclusion / Promoting energy-efficient building renovation

The annual rate of home and commercial building renovation is well under the 3% required to achieve European climate and energy goals.  There is a need to accelerate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to boost...

Submit your abstracts for the 41st AIVC – ASHRAE - IAQ 2020 joint Conference

The 41st AIVC & ASHRAE IAQ joint Conference “IAQ 2020: Indoor Environmental Quality Performance Approaches Transitioning from IAQ to IEQ” will be held from the 14th to the 16th of September 2020 in Athens, Greece together with the 9th ...

GSA Trends 2019 #2 - Building and resilience: necessary consideration and frustration

Second opus of our trend analysis of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards.   A short tour in warm climates, where building resilience and adaptation are essential. 2.1. The resilient building: a reality   The construction resilient buildings...

GSA 2019 Trends #3 - When low-tech takes over

Low-tech is trendy in our Western societies, it is also trendy in the 2019 Green Solutions Awards to the point of competing with a major player in sustainable development: the passive.   Explanation and discovery of case studies. 3.1....

4 Key points of the European Energy Efficiency Directive

One of the European Union‘s most ambitious projects is to achieve an intelligent energy transition resulting in a sustainable, competitive and secure energy system for all Member States.   And to achieve this goal, one of the tools the EU...

GSA 2019 Trends #4 - Reducing the carbon footprint

One of the aspects that we will venture to describe as positive in these Green Solutions Awards is the consideration of the carbon footprint.   Few buildings, of course, offer a formal life cycle analysis (which is a matter of debate), but...

Expert talk Green heat: from fossil to green heat

Heating and cooling in our buildings and industry accounts for half of the EU’s energy consumption.   In EU households, heating and hot water alone accounts for 79% of total final energy use (9.348 PJ); for Belgian households, the share of...

ExcEED geo-clustering tool: Mapping and improving the energy efficiency of buildings

The ExcEED platform provides different tools featuring building performance in operational conditions, allowing you, as a platform user, to visualise the energy and comfort data of your building; assess your buildings’ performance through...

Performance and comfort positively influence value nZEB

The right performance of a building directly relates to higher comfort and thus to better living conditions for the users. Less unexpected maintenance costs and improved comfort conditions positively influence the real estate value...

Social Sustainability Reports for AZEB case studies

AZEB studied the use of indicators for measuring the social performance of a building. The social performance of two AZEB case studies, in Spain and Bulgaria, was investigated.   The study shows how the European...

Passivhaus: the most represented label in the 2019 Green Solutions Awards

With 192 case studies in 36 countries, the 2019 Green Solutions Awards have been an unexpected success and have seen strong international growth.   The most represented label is Passivhaus, with no less than 15 case studies from 11...

[Save the date] The date is set on the 4th of November at Batimat to discover the Green Solutions Awards 2019 winners

Who are the international winners of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards?   You will get the answer on the 4th of November, at Batimat, partner of the competition,    A ceremony bringing together, from all over the world, the pioneers in...

Decarbonizing Europe: time to turn up the heat!

Decarbonizing the heat sector is imperative to meeting carbon emissions reduction objectives across Europe. However, progress so far has been sluggish in most European countries.   Sweden is an exception with 80% of its heat coming from...

Health and comfort: the human factor

With almost 200 case studies from 36 different countries, the 2019 Green Solutions Awards provided a fine example of what is being done today to build more sustainable cities and territories.   First opus of our trend analysis. 1.1....

4RinEU is training future professionals

As part of the dissemination tasks of 4RinEU, training and skills development is a substantial component. Particularly, such tasks are devoted to developing the necessary skills for a new generation of practitioners in the energy retrofit...

REMOURBAN presents its final brochure

A few months from now REMOURBAN will come to an end. As a farewell to its readers, the project released a brochure on its achievements and legacy   Five years have almost passed from that morning in January 2015 when...

The International Clean Energy Challenge – Solved!

The Energy Agency of Upper Austria (OÖ Energiesparverband), with the support of the Upper Austrian Government and their corporate and institutional partners (see below), organized a 5 days-event (22-26 July) for young professionals from...

New achievements of HOLISDER project presented!

HOLISDER is an EU project testing innovative models to incease the impact of flexible energy services by addressing the relationship between ESCO’s, demand response aggregators and end-users.   Project objectives are to be achieved by the...

Buildings to save energy with mesh and management

Much of our building stock was designed and built before global warming, environmental protection and recycling became foremost in our minds and behaviours. It represents around 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions...