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GlobalABC roadmap for buildings and construction 2020 – 2050

The purpose of this roadmap is to support a common language and vision for the complete decarbonisation of the buildings across their life cycle and to support the development of national or subnational strategies and policies, including...
Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector
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Energy savings thanks to quality management: The case of Karl Landsteiner University

The estimated average gap between calculated and actual energy performance of the European building stock is 25% for energy performance and 1.5% for comfort performance (as scored by building occupants). Comprehensive research has shown...
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Enefirst report – Barriers to implementing E1st in the EU-28

This report is focused on barriers to implementing “Efficiency First” (E1st) in the EU in several policy areas that are linked to energy use in the buildings sector (such as network codes, renewable energy policy, building regulations and...
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Breaking down the bottom line

Energy efficiency is now a fundamental part of doing business in real estate and property management. If companies miss out, they risk falling behind in terms of market competitiveness. This City Energy Project resource provides a...
The business case for energy efficiency in buildings
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BUILDHEAT demo case - Zaragoza, Spain

The case is one of the demonstration sites where the technologies developed within the H2020 project BUILDHEAT have been installed. The building is a large multifamily house in a small quarter in the outskirts of Zaragoza. It has 53...
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Renewables 2020 – Global status report

The report brings together all the latest information about renewable energy market and industry developments, policy and investment trends.   Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment (GTR) is an annual report jointly prepared by the...
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New Circular Economy Action Plan and the ambitious vision of the European Green Deal

The Concrete Initiative welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan and the ambitious vision of the European Green Deal. We are pleased to see that the Action Plan contains coherent, long-term measures to enhance the life span of...
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Climate adaptation and long-term planning

FEDARENE member regions and energy agencies are dedicated to helping municipalities in fighting climate change and preventing its unintended consequences. Read this new publication and find out about some of our best practices’ examples in...
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Doctor's orders - The complex relationship between energy retrofits and human health

In July, the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee released a report which was highly critical of the current lack of progress in building energy efficiency work, particularly in England. The report urged a...
There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence that home energy retrofits, done well, can improve the health of those who receive them — and equally there are horror stories about shoddy upgrades causing damp, mould and illness. But what does...
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REHVA JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE CEN-CE PROJECT

Quickly wrap your mind around the CEN-CE scheme thanks to the REHVA Journal special issue CEN-CE project: CEN-CE in a nutshell - Upskilling HVAC professionals, the linchpin of the EU Green Deal   CEN-CE certified expert operating EU wide...
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OVERVIEW | Building automation as a means for efficient building operation

Thermal comfort, indoor air quality and daylight are key factors in the comfort of building occupants. Despite the interconnection of these aspects and the related requirements, the way to achieve indoor air quality and thermal comfort are...
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European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) – Stimulating investments in energy efficiency

Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) are contractual arrangements typically between a building owner and an energy service company (‘ESCO’), where the ESCO invests in energy efficiency measures and guarantees energy savings over the...
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Building renovation: A kick-starter for the EU recovery

The BPIE has carried out this Study at the request of the Renovate Europe Campaign at a time when the topic of energy renovation seems to be on everyone’s lips. The request was made following the realisation that an overview of recent...
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Going Green: Who is investing in energy efficiency, and why it matters

Investments in energy efficiency improvements are vital to ensure Europe’s future as a sustainable, yet prosperous economy. The benefits are enormous: these investments contribute to abating greenhouse gas emissions, improving the...
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Achieving Near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology

In this booklet, the results of the ZERO-PLUS are described emphasizing on the four case studies (UK, Italy, France, Cyprus), which all have now been constructed, commissioned and occupied. The case studies are in the monitoring phase...
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SKYSAWA Building - Poland

The building has been nominated for the BREEAM Energy award 2020 and it is a very ambitious construction in the city centre of Warsaw. The location was originally occupied by a block of flats of 10 floors built in 1960, that was demolished...
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Sustainable building in a climate-neutral campus complex: the case of Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

The new Central Building of Leuphana University represents an exemplary sustainable campus. It is part of the "Climate-neutral campus" project, which was nominated for the German sustainability award. The building concept and design...
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Time to create a Renovation Fund for all Europeans

The COVID-19 crisis has brought the EU to a crossroads. We have difficult choices to make and immediate recovery measures to develop. There is a real risk that COVID-19 could take the EU backwards to political fragmentation, economic...
30th April 2020
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OVERVIEW | Energy in Buildings at the 2020 EU Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW 2020

This year marks the 15thEuropean Sustainable Energy Week EUSEW.  Under the circumstances with Covid-19 the event was adapted to provide a dynamic, interactive and carefully organised online format. This effort has proved successful with...
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Getting the most out of your heat pump

Your cold-climate heat pump can save a lot on heating and cooling costs. Whether your heat pump is ductless or centrally ducted, this new technology is different than the conventional heating and air conditioning systems that you’re...