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Buildings Renovation in Germany: success story or potential failure?

The German Federal Association of Housing and Real Estate Companies (GdW) has claimed that money and effort spent on the nation’s buildings renovations have not worked. But Andreas Rüdinger at IDDRI has looked into the evidence and...

Commission launches a competition to find Europe’s greenest cities

Will your city be the next European Green Capital or European Green Leaf winner?   The European Commission launched the competition for 2023 European Green Capital (EGCA 2023) and the 2022 European Green Leaf (EGLA 2022) Awards,...

FEDARENE Info 50 – Focus on District Heating and Cooling

Our 2021 Spring Edition of the FEDARENE Info is out!   This season, we focus on District Heating and Cooling – a sector that could become one of the most important contributors to the EU Green Deal and Energy Transition. Heating and...

It’s Not Just a Façade… A Not So Conventional Approach to Creating Energy Efficient, Comfortable Homes

by Mark Douglas Wessel   In principle, the idea of retrofitting homes to net zero sounds appealing enough. But the cost of implementing deep energy upgrades that might cost 45-60,000 Euro per home has long been a non-starter whether you’re...

Building Techniques for Eco-Friendly Rain and Runoff Management

During building design and construction phases, workers have many priorities to consider from start to finish. It’s essential to use proper rain and runoff management techniques to avoid floods, prevent erosion and more. Everything built...

LowUP project develops and demonstrates three energy-efficient solutions

The LowUP (LOW valued energy sources UPgrading for buildings and industry uses) project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n°723930. During the project,...

INEA becomes CINEA on 1 April 2021

With the approval on 12 February 2021 of the package for the delegation of programmes to the six executive agencies, INEA will be officially replaced by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA)...

EU Green Week 2021: zero pollution ambition

The next EU Green Week will be dedicated to EU's zero pollution ambition. Become an event partner until the 15th of April! Pollution is the underlying root cause of many health and environmental issues.   According to the World Health...

Have your say in shaping the future of big data in building sector!

As the places where we live and work, buildings are the natural interface between citizens and energy, and the places where the energy use patterns of tomorrow are shaped, from sole energy consumption to self-consumption and demand...

Straw now integrated into BIM

12 walls representative of the main current practices in straw construction were modelled in BIM.   The walls were described in 3D and commented on in French, English and Spanish, with a list of materials used and environmental and thermal...

EUCF announces its 2nd call for Proposals with Increased Resources!

In this second round, an even larger number of cities will be selected to benefit from tailor-made, fast and simplified support and access the grant of €60,000 to develop their investment concept - an initial step towards a fully-fledged...

[Webinar] Launch of FLEXharvester : Unlock the value of energy flexibility

This webinar explains how the new software platform FLEXharvester with the application STORM District Energy Controller facilitates the harvesting of energy flexibility in heat grids and multi-energy networks by leveraging your existing...

Online conference SBE21 Heritage

  The Institute for Renewable Energy of Eurac Research invites you to the SBE21 Heritage Conference, which will take place online from the 14th to the 16th of April 2021.   Universally recognised as...

[Webinar] International week on the theme " Net Zero Carbon Strategy in Real Estate and Buildings around the World to 2050".

The Ecole des Ponts ParisTech's Executive Master in Sustainable Real Estate and Building, Energy and Digital Transitions (EM SREB), is organising for the first time from 12 April to 16 April 2021, an international webconference week on the...

What’s the Starting Point for Transforming the Housing Sector?

by Mark Douglas Wessel   By Retrofitting the Way We Think About Renovating Homes   Looking back on 2020, despite COVID-19 there were some positive storylines… among them, the fact that the European Union declared the ambitious goal of...

Green and Lean Methodology Reduces Building Costs

Lean methodology dates back to the end of World War 2, when Japanese factory owners started adopting American production techniques — and then looked for ways to improve them. Toyota took manufacturing procedures from Ford, who was an...

[Webinar] Achieving the 2030 climate goals – One-stop-shops for the residential sector

This webinar will explore innovative business models of European one-stop-shops as a means of increasing renovation uptake in the residential sector, and decreasing carbon emissions related to buildings.   The building sector is...

2 questions to … Laurent Germain, Chief executive of EGIS

As the leader in engineering, project structuring, as well as in building and infrastructure exploitation, EGIS has been engaged for many years already in low carbon transition.   This year, EGIS reasserts once again its engagement to low...

Interview with Kelly Fisher: Women Driving the Passive House Industry

Women Driving the Passive House Industry is iPHA’s interview series to highlight the remarkable women working in the Passive House community.   As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, the iPHA team interviewed a handful of...

Interview with Talina Edwards: Women Driving the Passive House Industry

Women Driving the Passive House Industry is iPHA’s interview series to highlight the remarkable women working in the Passive House community.   As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, the iPHA team interviewed a handful of...