News & Events

New Report on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in Europe- Perspectives and Paths to 2020

U.S. Department of Energy announces more than $76 million for advanced energy-efficient building technologies and commercial building training programs

"These projects will help the United States lead the world in advancing energy-efficient technologies," Secretary Chu said. "Energy-efficient commercial buildings will help our country cut its carbon emissions and energy costs while the...

EU leaders agree on 10-year plan including climate change and energy objectives

Speaking at the conclusion of the meeting at which the European Council approved the objectives of the strategy, European Commission President José Manuel Barroso expressed his satisfaction that a unanimous decision had been made 'not only...

Daikin Europe N.V. initiates cooperative venture for net zero energy office building - ready in July 2010

The EU has imposed ambitious reduction targets for the year 2020: a 20% reduction in energy use compared to projected levels, a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to 1990 levels, and the use of 20% renewable energy. Presently the...

FIFA World Cup 2010: KfW Entwicklungsbank brings sustainability into play

Following the example of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany, South Africa intends to keep the climate impact as low as possible. "Greening 2010" is an initiative created for this purpose and which will ensure that the country's...

New EPBD Directive published in the Official Journal

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/JOHtml.do?uri=OJ:L:2010:153:SOM:EN:HTML

Heating pump technology advances geothermal energy use

A deep geothermal well supplies the town of Lendava, Slovenia with water for heating various types of buildings. The water temperature of 70°C falls to 50°C once used - this is not warm enough to be re-used for space heating yet is too...

UK Climate Change Minister Greg Barker visits insulation training academy

During the visit, the Minister met the 1000th trainee to graduate from the academy since it opened in 2008. Greg Barker, said: "It is great to meet the faces of the future who, in time, will be making homes in Leicester and across the...

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...