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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...

SHIFFT: Sustainable Heating: Implementation of Fossil-Free Technology

The declaration of a climate emergency means we must all look at how we can make big changes within our own communities. The current COP25 meeting in Madrid will highlight the society wide approaches which must be taken across the...

Call for Abstracts - 6th International Symposium on Occupant Behaviour & 5th Expert Meeting of Annex 79

Following the tradition of IEA Annex 79, we organize the 6th International Symposium on Occupant Behaviour Research with Digital Technologies. Presentations include invited speeches and proposed speeches.   Submission page   Topics (not...

The EDA and the European Green Deal

The new changes in the European Green Deal are expected to bring many benefits to people and businesses.   Thanks to energy labels idea that help consumers to buy more eco-friendly products and save energy, or the new European Union (EU...

Why national building renovation plans are key for the recovery

The European Commission has proposed a €1.85 trillion recovery plan to help the European Union exit the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. How some of this money will be spent will be defined in national Recovery and...

Estonian govt approves long-term building renovation strategy

The strategy is a part of Estonia's national energy and climate plan, spokespeople for the government said.   Prime Minister Juri Ratas said that the state must aim to improve the living and working conditions of 80% of...

COST Connect – The Green Deal

On Thursday 02 July, an online COST Connect session on the Green Deal was held. The event joined together COST Actions with expertise from the European Commission to discuss the future needs of EU research under Horizon Europe in order to...

The European Green Deal

What is the European Green Deal?    The EU Green Deal is the new growth strategy for Europe and a dedicated roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable. The goal of the European Green Deal, presented by the European...

The European Green Deal is Going Local

The European Committee of the Regions has today launched the 'Green Deal Going Local' working group. ​Composed of 13 local and regional elected representatives, its objective is to guarantee that EU cities and regions are...

Questions and answers: An EU Strategy for Energy System Integration

Aligned with the publication last 8 of July of the EU Strategy for Energy System Integration the European Commission provides a first questions and answers session:   What is energy system integration?  ...

[Webinar - Replay] 5th Generation DHC

Renewable and waste heat resources are readily available in urban environments. A new generation of highly efficient district heating and cooling networks is needed to harvest these resources and use them to meet local energy demand.   How...