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The positive house. Casa SN (Arco, Italy) is the first Zero Energy certified building in Europe

Can a building produce more energy than it consumes, exclusively from renewable sources? Certainly! This is demonstrated by the experience of Casa SN (named after its owners Sara and Nicola Berlanda) which has recently...

[#Quarantine - Webinar] : Digital Transformation in Construction. Thinking One Step Ahead

The coronavirus outbreak is not only a health crisis of all humankind but also — an imminent restructuring of the world order. It is having a growing impact on the global economy, causing economic slowdown and, ultimately — economic shock...

#1 EEnvest Newsletter

Check the 1st issue of the H2020 project EEnvest!   Here are the topics included: Investing in energy efficiency in buildings interview with the Coordinator of EENVEST Consortium: Annalisa Andaloro (EURAC research) Demo case buildings:...

EU countries dragging their feet on building renovation plans

EU countries had until 10 March to transpose the buildings directive, which was last updated in May 2018 as part of a package of clean energy laws.   The aim of the directive is to make the entire European building stock “highly energy...

Report shows building energy use in cities is declining: Q&A with author Stefen Samarripas

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. cities were reducing building energy use, and at least two factors contributed to that change: the age of a city’s housing stock and the relative size of its low-income population, according to an ACEEE...

ZERO-PLUS Project: Building the residential settlements of the future

Pilot implementation underway in the UK, Italy, France and Cyprus   Having as main target achieving zero and positive energy settlements in Europe using advanced energy technology, the ZERO-PLUS project has developed and...

#EPBstandards on heat pumps & measured energy: register now for free online pilot training!

Are you interested to benefit of a head start over your collaborators and competitors? Then register today to the CEN-CE online pilot training and certification for attaining new knowledge on 2 showcased CEN standards (heat pumps...

U-CERT Project's 1st eNewsletter

"A good decision is based on knowledge." – Plato   Stay tuned and well informed via U-CERT project's discreet emailings about a possible next step for the national Energy Performance Certification schemes leveraging:   Set of EPB standards...

Climate change fight still makes the EU headlines during the Covid-19 crisis

The coronavirus emergency won’t affect the timeline of the EU’s Green Deal. This is despite some fossil-fuel-reliant countries asking the Commission to put its flagship policy on hold, even if they stand to benefit most from the...

Condominium retrofits are a matter of a long breath

One of the major lessons learnt by the six local authorities from five different countries, Maastricht University and the environmental charity Changeworks, all involved in the ACE-Retrofitting project: They underestimated the slowness of...

Beyond the corona darkness: Bringing light, air and sustainability into people’s homes

Oliver Rapf is executive director at the Building Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), a not-for-profit think tank supporting evidence-based policy making in the field of energy performance in buildings.   As Europeans are forced to stay...

COVID-19 is slamming efficiency workforce now, and may bring long-term changes for efficiency

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a dire health and economic toll across the United States – including on people in the energy efficiency sector. In these stressful, uncertain times, we at ACEEE are doing whatever we can to understand and...

Put clean energy at the heart of stimulus plans to counter the coronavirus crisis

The impact of the coronavirus around the world and the resulting turmoil in global markets are dominating global attention. As governments respond to these interlinked crises, they must not lose sight of a major challenge of our time:...

[#Quarantine - Webinar] The European City Facility explained: Register to the Launch Webinar!

If you are wondering about what an investment concept is and how the European City Facility can help you develop one, don´t miss this webinar.   The new European City Facility (EUCF) provides hands-on expertise and simplified financial aid...

Low temperature district heating project in Tartu, Estonia

Fortum Tartu is investigating new possibilities and solutions for developing the low temperature concept developed by RELaTED project in Tarkon, a selected part of the existing district heating network. The main idea is to investigate...

School inner climate

What is comfort? The notion of comfort is a concept with a variable parameter that requires us to specify the context.   For example, we can talk about the hygrothermal comfort that will be related to the impact of temperature and humidity...

Tips to save energy while working from home

Throughout 2019, 31 local authorities spanning eight countries (Croatia, Cyprus, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia and Spain) participated in a year-long energy saving competition. This competition, and the Compete4SECAP project team...

ENDURCRETE Project: 3rd newsletter

We would like to share the third newsletter of EnDurCrete project.    In this edition you can take a look to demonstration site updadate, learn more about environmental and economic viability of the novel products. You can also read about...

eKenoteq launches brick made almost entirely of construction waste

Scottish startup Kenoteq has launched the K-Briq – a more sustainable building brick that is unfired and made of 90 per cent construction waste. Invented by engineering professor Gabriela Medero at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University, the K...

Golden PV panels for balcony solar systems

Over the past few months, Swiss Renova has been renovating a multifamily structure dating back to 1963, in line with the passive housing standard. The Swiss construction company paid particular attention to sustainability and energy...