Practices

Highlighted Practices

OVERVIEW | Socioeconomic and technical approaches to building stock renovation

Renovating the EU building stock Deep renovation of buildings has the potential to cut 36% of their energy consumption by 2030, while reducing the EU’s dependency on imported energy, creating growth, innovation and employment, reducing fuel poverty...

Overview | Renovate Europe’s REDay 2019: Deep Energy Renovation Already All Around Us

The Renovate Europe Campaign celebrated its annual REDay beacon event on the 8th of October 2019 in the European Parliament. Gathering building sector stakeholders, experts and policymakers this ninth edition was hosted by MEP Pernille Weiss (EPP,...

OVERVIEW | Tools for photovoltaics in buildings

Today’s energy market is rapidly transforming with the diffusion of new decentralized energy actors. In this scenario, buildings play a relevant role for the energy transition that European countries are facing. They are expected to shift from...

OVERVIEW | An introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology that has been developed to evaluate the environmental impact of buildings, with respect to their processes, their materials and use (energy) throughout the whole life cycle of a building. It is not to be...

The EU Building Stock Observatory needs your help!

The climate emergency is one of the most talked about and vocalised issues the population of the Earth currently faces with climate strikes now being a weekly occurrence and with a regular spot on the 6 o'clock news, it's no surprise that mitigation...

OVERVIEW | Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings: A State of the Art

Historic buildings can be considered the symbol of European cities, towns and villages; entire districts are a unique proof of the European cultural heritage. Currently, about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the...

OVERVIEW | Digitalisation in the construction industry

FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (Industry 4.0) Digital transformation, as described by the European Commission, is characterised by a fusion of advanced technologies and the integration of physical and digital systems and their effect on buildings and...

OVERVIEW | Financing energy efficiency in buildings

The challenge The EC estimates that about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient.   At the same time, only 0.4-1.2% of the building stock renovated each year (...

Overview | Buildings as Material Banks (BAMB) Outcomes at the End of a Research Cycle

In integrative building design, interaction among all building disciplines and stakeholders is sought from the earliest development phases, aiming to achieve optimal solutions through iterative and lean approaches.   The quest for energy efficiency...

OVERVIEW | New skills for a sustainable and energy efficient EU building stock

The construction sector has a large potential for cost effective energy savings. With the EU planning aimed at nearly zero energy target for new buildings by 2020, the construction sector is confronted with the urgent need to...

Buhnici House - Premium Passive House Certified 2018

Este prima casă pasivă premium din România și în top 10 din lume, este o casă construită de la buldozer la întrerupător în mai puțin de 7 luni, este o casă cu materiale și tehnologie de rachete spațiale în ea, este automatizată complet și înțesată...

OVERVIEW | #EUSEW2019 - Shaping Europe’s Energy Future

Since 2006, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has organised its annual flagship event: the EU Sustainable Energy Week.   EUSEW is the biggest event...

OVERVIEW | Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as a viable option among renewables

In the face of the urgent need to renovate and decarbonise the existing building stock, special focus is on building skins, such as roofs and facades, to make them more efficient through innovative solutions and materials, but also to generate...

OVERVIEW | Building operation: the elusive alignment of research, design and occupants

From January 2021 all new construction in the EU must achieve the nearly-zero energy buildings standard, and existing buildings will have to be renovated at a faster rate. While the carbon emissions from buildings in operation...

OVERVIEW | Decarbonising the non-residential building stock

The building stock in the EU Member States is relatively old, on average 21.6% of the building stock was built before 1945, 45.4% was built before 1969 and 75.4% before 1990. With the exception of Cyprus, Ireland,...

Efficiency House Plus - Renovation of 2 Row Houses from 1938, Neu-Ulm Germany

Building data: Location: Pfuhler Str. 4+6 / Pfuhler Str. 12+14 Neu-Ulm, Bavaria, Germany Building Owner: NUWOG Neu-Ulm Housing Company Architects: Werner Sobek, Stuttgart / o5 Architects bda, raab hafke lang, Frankfurt Main HVAC planer: Werner Sobek...

OVERVIEW | How is the EU supporting BIM and ICT development in the buildings sector?

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is the process of creating and managing information digitally across a building life-cycle. This information included in the model is not just the 3D geometrical data such as width, height, and depth, but “object...

ENERFUND – A tool to identify building energy retrofit opportunities

The ENERFUND tool aims to scale up investments in deep renovation of buildings across Europe. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, it provides key stakeholders such as financing institutions, energy service companies and local...

OVERVIEW | Zero-Energy Buildings: does the definition influence their design and implementation?

In the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, 2010/31/EU), the term Nearly Zero-Energy Building (commonly abbreviated as NZEB) was introduced and defined as a “building that has a very high energy performance…...

Discussing Finance - Financing Energy Efficiency in Malta and Italy

The Sustainable Energy Investment Forums are a series of workshops and seminars, organised under a contract managed by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for SMEs (EASME). On 22 November 2018 a ‘Financing Energy Efficiency in Malta and...