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Proposed Centre for Climate Action and Sustainability at Myross House, West Cork, Ireland

Introduction Green Skibbereen CLG has made a proposal to Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSH) to form a partnership for the development of a Climate Action Centre based at Myross Wood House and Grounds, currently in the ownership of the...
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Green paper on good practice in EPC assessment, certification, and use

The QualDeEPC project aims to improve the practical implementation of the assessment, issuance, design, and use of Energy Performance Certification's as well as their renovation recommendations, in Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia,...
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Understanding the value of data: new X-tendo report outlines user needs and technical specifications of innovative EPC features

The EPBD and its revisions in 2010 and 2018 strengthened the provisions related to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) by setting out that the Member States have to provide information to owners and tenants on the purpose and objectives...
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Recommendations for building renovations

The Efficient Buildings Community has just developed a new set of recommendations for European and National decision-makers.   The eight recommendations are grounded in the experience of the Mediterranean local authorities and they aim to...
The Efficient Buildings Community releases the latest policy recommendations for a Mediterranean building renovation programme
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AIVC November 2020 Newsletter Special Issue on COVID-19

The AIVC board decided in their last (online) meeting of September 2020 to start a project to collect, discuss and disseminate information about COVID-19 in relation to ventilation and airtightness.   A working group was created to define...
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How does BIM help Contractors Achieve Improved Project Outcomes?

General and specialty contractors are buying into BIM based on the potential benefits it offers. Similar to any other construction technology, BIM has gained significant traction. The use of cloud-based software and mobile devices has...
by Harika Singh About Author Harika Singh is an academician and published writer. Her passion for engineering and technology reflects in the in-depth coverage she provides on technology trends. 20 years of work association with...
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Notarjeva vila

The house was built after the 1st world war as notary's villa in the former periphery of Tolmin where richer buildings were located.   The house expresses the characteristics of secession and is listed in the Register of Slovene cultural...
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StepUP project - Making decarbonisation of existing buildings a reliable and attractive investment

Deep renovation is a key action to drastically reduce energy demand and achieve the EU vision of a decarbonised building stock by 2050. However, only 1% of European buildings are being renovated yearly and shallow retrofits persist with...
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European Building Automation Controls Association releases checklist to assess BACS compliance with EPBD requirements

To support Member States implementing the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) has created a compliance checklist for Building Automation and Control System (...
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Renovation of a 6-storey office building located in Saint-Etienne

The construction is an office building originally in masonry whose renovation has been designed by atelier d’architecture Rivat as architectural firm (Architecte associé: atelier des vergers).   The renovation has been completed in 2017...
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Timber hostel for pilgrims in Zegama

The construction is designated as hostel for the pilgrims of "Camino de Santiago". The architects, Naxto Ibarrexte and Inaki Del Prim, aimed to combine in their project aspects of sustainability, healthy construction with local materials...
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Untapping multiple benefits: hidden values in environmental and building policies

The untapped / hidden benefits of environmental policies are huge, this piece of research showcases and places a monetary value on the added benefits to our health, society and the economy that environmental investments and policy linked...
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iBRoad Report "Quantifying home renovation"

This iBRoad output provides a default database supporting a generic techno-economic assessment of renovation measures.   The default database consists of a list of possible renovation measures (building envelope and HVAC system) and their...
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The iBRoad field test experience

The iBRoad tools, consisting of the individual Building Renovation Roadmap and Logbook, were field-tested in Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal during the period March to May 2019.   Additionally, the iBRoad Logbook was field-tested in Germany...
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iBRoad Stakeholders mapping

Stakeholders mapping is the first and the most important step to identify the most appropriate and valuable stakeholders, how they can contribute to the project development and how they can benefit from the results of the iBRoad.  ...
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Database structure and programming core of the iBRoad roadmap and logbook

The iBRoad tool consist of two components: the Roadmap Assistant and the Logbook, both of which are implemented as web applications.   The data structure for the Roadmap Assistant can be considered to be “standard”: the data fields it...
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The iBRoad tools structure

The iBRoad project intends to explore, design, develop and demonstrate the concept of individual building renovation roadmaps, outlining a deep step-by-step renovation plan with customised recommendations for individual buildings (the...
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National adaptation of the iBRoad concept in five countries

The report considers the national adaptation of the iBRoad concept in Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, Flanders and Germany, by analysing specific country characteristics like the existing availability and structure of EPCs, the energetic...
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How can Member States implement iBRoad?

Barriers and drivers for countries willing to explore the feasibility and replicability of iBRoad.   The Report "How can Member States implement iBRoad" aims to explore the barriers to and enablers of the design and implementation of...
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iBRoad Report "Stepwise and structured"

Surrounding policy instruments to support the iBRoad approach for building renovation take-off.   The Report “Stepwise and structured” investigates how surrounding policy instruments can be used to increase the dissemination, adoption, and...