Practices

End-users' opinion on living in multi-family nearly zero-energy buildings

The CoNZEBs project formed the main part of a session at the IAQVEC conference in Bari in September 2019. CoNZEBs project partner held in total 6 presentations including a project overview, different project results and one of the national...

EU CoNZEBs report: Solution sets for NZEB multi‐family houses and beyond assessed for 2030

The main goal of the EU Horizon 2020 project CoNZEBs was to identify technology combinations for multi-family houses that fulfil the Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) requirements but result in lower investment costs if compared to the...

Aerogel materials for heritage buildings: Materials, properties and case studies

Aerogels are open-porous, high-performance thermal insulation materials that can be used for very thinbuilding insulation. So far, the application conditions of these materials and their potential in heritagebuildings have not yet been...

Building renovation in the Clean Energy Package: implications at local, national and EU levels

The Clean energy package for All Europeans is a comprehensive set of legislation that defines European climate and energy policy for 2020 and beyond, composed of eight different pieces of legislation aimed at accelerating the energy...

Trends and projections in Europe 2019

Tracking progress towards Europe’s climate and energy targets   The annual ‘Trends and projections’ report provides an assessment of the progress of the EU and European countries towards their climate mitigation and energy targets. It is...
Building on its climate change mitigation policies and greenhouse gas emissions reductions over recent decades, the EU aims to become the world's first climate-neutral economy. Achieving climate neutrality will help Europe contribute to...

The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in UK

This article illustrates how the implementation of the EPBD in the UK has interacted with the CEN EPBD-related standards. The focus is on the UK story, but the some of the opinions and perspectives reflect discussions with technical...

The use of EN EPB standards in Switzerland

As a non-EU country, Switzerland is not obliged to implement the EPBD, not even in the frame of the bilateral contracts. However, as a full member of CEN, the Swiss Association for Standardization (SNV) has – as all other CEN members –...

The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in Romania

General information   Code of the energy performance calculation methodology - Mc001 Mc001 will probably enter into force by the end of 2019/beginning of 2020 CEN EPB standards are used, except for the group of standards for BACS monthly...

The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in Croatia

Croatian methodology for calculation of energy performance of buildings is largely based on the first set of CEN EPB standards (ed.2008). As these standards were proved not to be unambiguous enough for direct use, the national calculation...

The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in Netherlands

By the end of 2017 NEN decided to update the existing national Energy Performance standards in The Netherlands. The planning was to finalise this work within roughly one year. This short time frame was based on the requirement in the EPBD...

The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in Italy

Energy performance calculation has been required well before requirements by the EPB directive, like in several other European countries. Regulation 10/91 of 1991 and its application decree DPR 412/93 of 1993 first asked for an energy...

The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in France

French experts involved in the French building regulation and national EPBD implementation contribute also to the EPB standards development at European level. Therefore, the French building regulation and transposition of the EPBD and the...

Energy efficiency in buildings

Setis magazing No.21 – October 2019
Europeans spend approximately 90 % of their time in buildings. Living indoors requires energy to maintain the right temperature, to cook and to use electrical appliances. In fact, energy is expected to guarantee a healthy and comfortable...

Survey and solutions for potential cost reduction in the design and construction process of nearly zero energy multi-family houses

The CoNZEBs project formed the main part of a session at the IAQVEC conference in Bari in September 2019. CoNZEBs project partner held in total 6 presentations including a project overview, different project results and one of the national...

Cost-efficient Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs)

The CoNZEBs project formed the main part of a session at the IAQVEC conference in Bari in September 2019. CoNZEBs project partner held in total 6 presentations including a project overview, different project results and one of the national...

CoNZEBs report: Life-cycle assessment of multi-family houses with different energy performance levels

The team of the EU Horizon 2020 project CoNZEBs has completed a follow-up activity to the identification of potential technical solution sets that could reduce investment costs for NZEBs. The scientific partners have carried out life-cycle...

Europeans’ attitudes on EU enegy policy

Survey requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy and co-ordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication.
One of the main priorities of Jean-Claude Juncker when he became President of the European Commission was to establish an Energy Union which ensures the clean, secure and affordable supply of energy to all Europeans.   In the course of its...

The effect of climate change on retrofitted historic buildings: thermal mass, natural ventilation and overheating risk

Historic buildings account for more than one quarter of Europe’s existing building stock and are going to be crucial in the achievement of future energy targets. Nevertheless, some alteration in the climate is already certain. For instance...

Assessment and diagnosis of district heating networks. Experiences from different European demonstration cases

The overall objective of the Upgrade DH project is to improve the performance of district heating (DH) networks in Europe by supporting selected demonstration cases for upgrading, which can be replicated in Europe.   The Upgrade DH project...

Transforming a residential building cluster into electricity prosumers in Sweden: Optimal design of a coupled PV-heat pump-thermal storage-electric vehicle system

Smart grid is triggering the transformation of traditional electricity consumers into electricity prosumers. This paper reports a case study of transforming an existing residential cluster in Sweden into electricity prosumers.   The main...