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SBE21 Heritage Conference - deadline for submission of abstracts extended!

SBE21 Heritage warmly welcomes contributions from different research fields.   We are looking forward to receiving submissions covering best practices of energy retrofit in the built heritage sector, conservation-compatible solutions,...

DG Energy August Newsletter

August 2020 newsletter is out!   Contents are the following: News A new generation of EU energy labels Review of renewables and energy efficiency directives - Commission launches first steps in process ITER ceremony marks...

Going ‘Deep Green,’ Office Buildings Give Back to the Planet

For a couple of decades, many in the real estate industry have been trying to make buildings “green,” replacing conventionally made materials with sustainable ones and installing energy-efficient systems. Buildings have a heavy...

How to grow a “living” building

Andreas Gyr remembers his first car fondly: a 1982 Ford Escort, which had the gas parts ripped out and replaced with 17 golf cart batteries and an electric motor. “It had about a 15-mile range and it topped out at like 58 miles per hour,”...

GFHS 2020:Post-Pandemic Recovery and Transformation: Resilient Cities, Healthy Planet

The 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements & Sustainable Cities And Human Settlements Awards Ceremony (GFHS 2020)   Theme: Post-Pandemic Recovery and Transformation: Resilient Cities, Healthy Planet   Date: October 15...

The climate emergency demands bold policy innovations – can cities deliver? 

While the challenges of climate change and a global health crisis converge in cities, the economic conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic now present an unprecedented moment in modern urban sustainable development. Are cities ready,...

The City Finance Lab calls on urban leaders to help build back better

Organised by sustainability expert South Pole, the competition for the most innovative financing solutions for city climate action is open and will run until 21 October 2020. Pitches for the City Finance Lab’s 2020 call for proposals can...

Energy Community, EBRD publish policy guidelines on financing mechanisms for energy efficiency

According to the recently published Energy Transition Tracker, the energy-saving measures could lead to additional investments worth EUR 2.5 billion in the Western Balkans.   Under the Energy Efficiency Directive, Energy Community...

Greece earmarks EUR 850 million for energy efficiency, prosumers

The idea is to introduce energy saving measures in 60,000 households per year until 2030, local media reported. The government will subsidize up to 85% of each investment while the maximum amount per household will be EUR 50,000, according...

Slovenia drafts energy efficiency law, submits buildings renovation strategy by 2050

he Ministry of Infrastructure said its forthcoming Energy Efficiency Act would regulate the field in Slovenia and that some provisions in the draft match the Energy Act. Others have been amended or added in order to transpose European...

COVID-19 and green recovery: How Member States integrate sustainable energy investments into their recovery plans

The European Green Deal is considered an essential element of an inclusive and sustainable growth strategy for Europe. EU Member States are currently developing recovery plans as part of their existing strategies to address the COVID-19...

Algorithms are designing better buildings

When giant blobs began appearing on city skylines around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s, it marked not an alien invasion but the impact of computers on the practice of building design.   Thanks to computer-aided design (CAD),...

EU mulls higher 2030 targets to ensure achieving climate neutrality by 2050

The process is beginning with a review of the Renewable Energy Directive (2018/2001/EU) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU and 2018/2002/EU). The review will be essential to identify how energy policies on renewables and...

LIFE Level(s) Project Action B.3 – Survey on State of the Art in Public Procurement Practices

The hardworking summer months within the LIFE Level(s) project brought forward a vital step in moving the project forward.   As integration of key Level(s) components such as LCA (life cycle assessment), LCC (life cycle costing) and IAQ (...

How HVAC Upgrades Fight COVID-19 and Climate Change

Energy-efficient upgrades to HVAC systems at schools and other critical buildings can prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Federal funding and tax incentives to make these building upgrades could catalyze a market already projected for growth...

EEnvest newsletter #2

EEnvest August 2020 newsletter is out!   The contents are the following: Interview with Gabriele Fregonese,Sinloc Interview with Fernando Salat, GNE Finance Article: Bringing together construction and finance Activities 2020   Read...

RESTORE Newsletter #34

The July 2020 RESTORE newsletter is out!   The contents addressed are the following: Training School 2020 – Vienna, Austria: The Call is open! Review on WG 5 June Online Meeting RESTORE Final Conference: Abstracts are uploaded! ESTORE...

Strengthening the EU Building Sector through new qualification schemes

Could you describe the project and its objectives?    The objectives of the NEWCOM project are twofold. First, we are supporting the development of training schemes for enabling construction workers and building...

Rebound behaviours, nudges, competition: energy saving is a matter of mindset

Understanding how people decide to use less energy at home or at work is crucial to boost virtuous behaviours. Our reaction to any novelty is so complex that a lot of socio-psychological research has been done to try to make it more...

Healthy buildings and green recovery in the post-covid Europe

The EU economy is forecasted to shrink by 7.4% this year with an uneven economic impact across the EU and the different economic sectors. The HVAC sector, which stared 2020 over expectations according to many industry representatives, was...