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Health and wellness will be the new normal of office buildings

Will this place make me sick? That’ll be the question on the minds of anxious occupants as they begin returning to offices. And it’ll be up to you, the fearless facility manager, to allay those fears.  That’s no small order. The...

What role does HVAC play in reducing Coronavirus risks in buildings?

As facility managers consider their reopening strategies, of course cleaning, PPE, and social distancing policies must be top of mind. But the role of the HVAC system cannot be ignored either. Can improved air filtration and better...

Gas boilers deserve an ‘F’, not an ‘A’

Europe’s heating and cooling is a climate time bomb, with the sector responsible for almost half of the EU’s energy consumption and a third of its CO2 emissions. Ageing buildings bear much of the blame, with a large part of the energy...

Co-creating in Austria and Catalonia

The EU project HOUSEFUL has completed its first set of workshops with housing sector experts from Austria and the Barcelona area. The goal? To identify, discuss and demonstrate a number of ideas for the uptake of circular buildings.  ...

4 Questions to Ask to Help Select Smart Building Technologies

It seems that every week brings the release of a new smart device or system for buildings. Often, the benefit of the new technology is related to energy in order to reduce consumption, trim demand, or cut carbon emissions. Since HVAC and...

Pandemic Response: Microbes, Buildings, and Occupant Health

The coronavirus pandemic is changing nearly everything about life, and institutional and commercial facilities are no exception. In fact, given the amount of time many people spend working in and visiting indoor environments, buildings...

Reopening buildings safely, with LEED guidance, and tools and analytics from Arc

USGBC released four new Safety First LEED Pilot Credits in response to COVID-19 to support environmental and occupant health. The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to...

Preparing an EU strategy for offshore renewables – Have your say

As part of the European Green Deal, the Commission identified the importance of agreeing a new approach for exploiting Europe’s offshore renewable energy potential in a sustainable and inclusive way. The revised Commission Work Programme...

Financing the energy transition: Commission puts €14 billion fund to modernise energy sectors in 10 Member States into action

Set up under the revised EU Emissions Trading System Directive, the Modernisation Fund will allocate around EUR 14 billion from the auctioning of allowances from the EU Emissions Trading System for the period 2021-2030, depending on the...

We need Behaviour Change and “Life Efficiency”, because efficiency gains and clean energy will never be enough

Behaviour change – reducing emissions by changing how we live our lives – should be part of every government and think tank’s sustainable scenario, explains Schalk Cloete. That’s because impressive advances in energy efficiency and clean...

SMUD declares climate emergency; sets goal to be carbon neutral by 2030

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board of Directors adopted a climate emergency declaration, committing to working toward the goal of delivering carbon neutral electricity by 2030.   The utility said it has previously...

Great progress with innovative components of RES4BUILD’s integrated energy system to deliver on decarbonisation objectives for Europe’s buildings

The EU-funded RES4BUILD project is developing integrated renewable energy-based solutions that are tailored to the needs and requirements of users and installers. The project aims to increase the uptake of renewable energy solutions for...

hybridGEOTABS: sustainable heating and cooling of buildings across the EU

HybridGEOTABS project has developed an innovative and clean technology for energy efficient and healthy buildings which combines thermally activated building system (TABS), a ground heat exchanger and heat pump in between both systems (...

These tools from AIA can help you assess and manage the risk of COVID-19 in offices, retail, schools and more

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced reoccupancy assessment and risk management planning tools as well as strategies and 3D models for specific types of buildings to guide building owners, facilities managers (FMs),...

What special reopening considerations must be made for HVAC systems? See what ASHRAE says

Global sustainable building technology society ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force released guidance in recent weeks on mitigating potential health risks during reopening of buildings closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on heating,...

Rolling out Plus Energy Buildings - views from an urban planner

Through energy-efficient urban planning, especially in PEB residential construction, unnecessary structural constructions can be avoided in advance. It forms the basis for sustainable, energy-optimised building planning, which is...

EXCESS project proposes holistic definition of a Positive Energy Building

Statistically, 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of emissions come from buildings. For that reason energy efficiency has become one of the EU’s top priorities and led it to acknowledge that buildings are key to achieving its...

COVID-19 and Climate crises – a new reality to focus on the European Green Deal

Last year the main focus was on improving the energy performance of buildings. Reducing the use of fossil fuels and the direct and indirect CO₂ emission of buildings caused by heating, cooling and ventilating and at the same time improving...

2 questions to Catherine Papillon, Global Head of Sustainable Development & CSR at BNP Paribas Real Estate

Today, more than half of the world's population lives in cities. Demographic pressure in urban areas will continue to increase, raising questions in terms of density, urban sprawl, and living environment. At the heart of these challenges:...

Deliver Adaptable Buildings and Resilient Cities : The First Webinar of GFHS 2020 Was Successfully Held

(July 10, 2020) Covid-19 rages across the world, plunging humanity into an abyss of misery, causing the society total lockdown and throwing the global economy into turmoil, and is considered as a once-in-a-century public health crisis and...