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UK: Herefordshire residents offered grants to reduce energy bills

Councillor Phil Cutter, Herefordshire Council's energy champion, said: "As fuel costs continue to increase, more and more people are seeking ways to reduce their energy bills. "Last year we issued a record 1,130 SEES grants and a further 1...

AEEBC: Energy assessor competence inconsistent across Europe

At an AEEBC seminar held in Helsinki, Zsolt Toth discussed the provisions of the EU’s recast of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). The new directive will require all buildings put up from the end of 2020 to be ‘nearly-zero...

Call for papers for the 5th International BUILDAIR-Symposium ”Building and Ductwork Air-tightness“ on October 21-22 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark

The 5th International BUILDAIR-Symposium ”Building and Ductwork Air-tightness“ takes place on October 21-22 2010 at the Danish Technical University in Copenhagen/Lyngby, Denmark. The Symposium...

Isover Energy Efficiency Awards 2011

In each country, the best three projects will be selected by a jury. Winning national projects will feature in the “Best Of Book” which aims to promote outstanding European projects in energy efficiency design for a better sharing of...

"Global Wind Day": Werbung für die Windkraft

In über 20 Ländern finden weltweit gleichzeitig Veranstaltungen und Aktionen statt, die die Technik moderner Windräder erklären und zeigen, was die Windkraft zum Klimaschutz, für Arbeitsplätze und wirtschaftlichen Wohlstand beitragen kann...

Commission sets up system for certifying sustainable biofuels

Günther Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Energy, said: "In the years to come, biofuels are the main alternative to petrol and diesel used in transport, which produces more than 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the European...

UK retailer Marks and Spencer increases energy efficiency in their shops by 19 %

Other headline achievements include: 33 per cent less waste sent to landfill year-on-year; 40 per cent of electricity sourced from ‘green’ tariff renewable supplies; 18 per cent reduction in refrigeration emissions (compared to 06/07); 1...

ISOVER Multi-Comfort House Student Contest

This year’s competition gathered students from 18 countries and 34 universities, in total more than 150 participants – students, professors, jury and ISOVER employees.  In total 46 projects were presented to the jury and the public. The...

Launching event of a European project on Green Renovation Clusters - GREENOV, 17 & 18 June 2010

The GREENOV project will held its launching conference in Marne-la-Vallée Val Maubuée, Torcy, on June 17 & 18. You can download the programme. For any information, please contact Charlotte Dessandier, c.dessandier@san-valmaubuee.fr

ASHRAE starts pilot phase of Building Energy Quotient labeling program (Building EQ) in the US

Seventeen provisional assessors have been named by ASHRAE to assess energy use, which is then provided in an easily understood scale to convey a building’s energy use in comparison to similar buildings, occupancy types and climate zone....

USA: Department of energy requires manufacturers to halt sales of heat pumps and air conditioners that do not meet minimum appliance standards

"Today's action makes clear that the Department of Energy will take the necessary steps to ensure consumers have access to products that meet the federal standards for energy efficiency," said Department of Energy General Counsel Scott...

London businesses set to throw away millions on unnecessary fit-outs

The investigation reveals that a staggering 50% of office space under construction in central London could undergo CAT A fit outs by stripping out the newly fitted fixtures and furnishings.  RLF’s main concern is the financial and...

Research reports available on Low Energy Housing Retrofit

The research work was conducted by Passiefhuis-platform vzw, the Belgian Building Research Institute and UCL Architecture & Climat, and was financed by Belgian Science Policy. The work was conducted in close cooperation with the IEA...

Microsoft offers free online tool 'Hohm' to measure US homes' energy efficiency

No wind turbine at the London Olympic Park

A wind turbine had been proposed for Eton Manor in the north of the site as part of the ODA’s target to deliver 20% of the Olympic Park’s legacy energy requirements from renewable sources from 2014 onwards when the site is fully...

Deutschland: Kosten und Wirkungen des EEG (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz)

Der neu erschienene Zwischenbericht bestätigt: Ja, die Förderung der erneuerbaren Energien kostet Einiges. Rund sechs Milliarden Euro sind im Jahr 2008 für die systematischen Kosten wie z. B. Strompreissubventionierung und...

Building Bridges with China in the Energy Field: GREEN ENERGY FOR SMART CITIES at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai

On 5 July, at the 'EU-China Smart City Forum', Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Energy will deliver a keynote speech on ‘EU and China: together for better cities and for better lives’ making an explicit reference to the overall...

Council conclusions on the forthcoming Energy Strategy for Europe 2011-2020

The Energy Council, which was held on 31 May, took note of a progress report from the Presidency on the regulation concerning measures to safeguard security of gas supply. In preparation of the European Council of 17 June 2010, ministers...

UNEP Sustainable Building & Climate Initiative's membership elects new Board of Directors

The new Board of UNEP-SBCI is composed of the following people: Maria Atkinson - Global Head of Sustainability for Lend Lease. Maria Atkinson is the New Chair. S. Richard Fedrizzi - President, CEO and Founding Chair U.S. Green Building...

First UK energy saving straw council houses opened

Straw bale buildings have been constructed in America since the first baling machine was invented in the late 1800s. The first straw building in the UK was built in 1994, and since then, over 100 buildings have been constructed using this...