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frESCO: Innovative business models for novel energy service bundles for residential consumers

Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is a form of ‘creative financing’ for capital improvement which allows funding energy upgrades from cost reductions.   Do you know that despite the large economic energy saving potential in the EU,...

An Ecological Corridor to reunite the city and nature

The Turkish city of Izmir has inaugurated an Ecological Corridor and a natural area that implements Nature Based Solutions   In early October this year, Izmir (Turkey), opened the Mavisehir Peynircioglu Stream Ecological Corridor, a green...

Energy efficiency toolbox for buildings is ready to use

Energy efficiency toolbox for buildings is ready to use and available   EFFECT4buildings project has published a toolbox with financial tools and instruments for energy efficiency in buildings. The toolbox with different...

[D2Grids - Interview] 5th generation district heating and cooling system : a link between the city's coal past and modern energy

At the former site of the Opel car plant the Stadtwerke Bochum Holding built up a 5th generation grid for the cold and heat supply for the new future users. In 2022 the first customers will be connected.   Dr. Frank Peper - Head of the...

Call for Papers - 25th International Passive House Conference 2021

Sub­mit your ab­stract now un­til 15 Feb­ru­ary 2021!   Pass­ive House - The key to sus­tain­able build­ings! is the slo­gan of the up­com­ing 25th In­ter­na­tion­al Pass­ive House Con­fer­en­ce in Ger­many´s Wup­per­tal....

Survey of EPBD compliance in the European real estate sector

A King’s College London research study seeks to determine whether and how real estate companies are complying with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the role of the real estate sector in achieving the European Union’s climate...

12th International BUILDAIR Symposium

Current know-how on airtightness, leaks and ventilation systems   All colleagues from Germany, Europe and beyond, who are concerning with the subject of airtightness of buildings, are cordially invited to contribute to the...

QUEST project newsletter #3

The 3rd newsletter of QUEST project is out!   Contents included are the following:   Online Predictive Tool for Quality Management Services for buildings ready for testing! QUEST presentation at Sustainable Places...

Q&A: ‘We need to reduce the ‘embodied energy’ of buildings

Retrofitting Europe’s buildings for energy efficiency is not enough to slash the carbon footprint of the construction sector and cut emissions in time to meet the Paris climate agreement goals, according to Dr Catherine De Wolf,...

Belgique : 600 millions d’euros pour la construction soutenable et l’isolation thermique des écoles en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles

La Banque européenne d’investissement (BEI) et la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB) annoncent la conclusion d’un accord de prêt de 600 millions d’euros, dont une première partie de 300 millions a été formalisée ce jour, pour la...

ePANACEA Compendium of Testing and Demonstration Board Meetings

ePANACEA’s methodology aims to contribute to the harmonisation of energy performance assessment and certification of buildings across the European Union, enhancing market trust and user friendliness in terms of clarity and accuracy of the...

Benefits of Proper and Exhaustive Construction Safety Training Programs

It is an unfortunate fact that every year thousands of construction employees are injured on the job.   According to OSHA’s reports, the leading cause of serious injury and even deaths on construction sites are falls, strikes from objects...

The First Preparatory Webinar of GFHS 2021, Jan 15, 2021

The First Preparatory Webinar of The 16th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements Theme:   International Green Model City Initiative - Call for Stronger Actions Towards Healthy, Resilient, and Carbon-Neutral Cities 9a.m – 11:...

ePANACEA Stakeholder analysis

The objective of the ePANACEA stakeholder analysis is to understand who the EPC end users are, what they know about the EPC, how they use it and what interests they have regarding the EPC.   In addition, the objective is to consider other...

Closing the gap on energy efficiency investments

The Commission officially launched a new, revamped website for the EU-UN initiative Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG), which aims at addressing the investment gap on energy efficiency.   The objective of the new...

The European Climate Pact: Empowering Citizens to Shape a Greener Europe

On the 16th of December 2021, hundreds of people gathered online for the launch of the European Climate Pact, an EU-wide initiative inviting people, communities and organisations to participate in climate action and build a greener Europe...

Five pathways for decarbonising heating and cooling

“If we intend to take the Paris Agreement seriously, we will have to accelerate the deployment of renewable technologies in heating and cooling.”   This statement by REN21 Executive Director Rana Adib during a webinar in late November...

Surface synergies and conflicts in smart cities

Surface area is an important but limited resource in cities that aim to become climate neutral. It can be used to, for example, generate heat or electricity via active solar systems, improve air quality via greening, or provide cooling...

EU leaders agree on budget, green recovery funds, 55% emission cut goal

  The European Council approved the European Union’s EUR 1.82 trillion seven-year funding package and sent it to the European Parliament. The regular budget is worth EUR 1.07 trillion and the remaining EUR 750 billion is a recovery...

Professors say coal already uncompetitive, energy transition must accelerate in region

Participants at a roundtable on how to accelerate the energy transition in the region and Serbia agreed that the move toward renewable sources is necessary and more cost effective than to build or even maintain the capacity for the...