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ECSO - Country profile: France

The volume index of production in the narrow construction sector increased marginally, by 2.3% over the 2015-2018 period. The production in building construction increased slightly by 1.1%, while civil engineering construction experienced...
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ECSO - Policy Fact Sheet Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, around 1,400 buildings are being renovated and retrofitted since 2017 according to the Bulgarian Construction Chamber (BCC) as nearly 70% of the building stock was built before 1979.   The successful improvement of building...
BUILD UP Skills EnerPro – Thematic objective 2
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Energy efficiency 2019

In 2018, primary energy intensity – an important indicator of how much energy is used by the global economy – improved by 1.2%, the slowest rate since 2010. This was slower than the 1.7% improvement in 2017 and marked the third year in a...
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School of Design and Environment - Singapore

This extension to a School of Design & Environment building at the National University of Singapore is an outstanding example of a net zero-energy building (NZEB) in the tropics. The five-storey building is home to labs, design studios...
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Designing buildings in the context of the circular economy

The aim of this document is to inform and support actors along the construction value chain, this document provides principles for circular design of buildings. Behind these principles lie a vast amount of knowledge and information. The...
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Proceedings - Joint workshop of the Concerted Actions for EU energy legislation

The Concerted Action for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (CA EPBD), the Concerted Action for the Renewable Energy Sources Directive (CA RES) and the Concerted Action for the Energy Efficiency Directive (CA EED) organised the...
The three Concerted Actions that help countries implement EU energy legislation have published proceedings of their recent joint workshop.
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Build Up Skills QualiShell Project – Romania

The European Construction Sector Observatory depicts Romania as being behind the implementation of the 2010/31/EU Directive and the Nearly Zero Energy Bulding (NZEB) concept. Nonetheless, after 31st December 2018, all new buildings...
Policy fact sheet. Thematic Objective 2  
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Feasibility study EPBD Art. 19a - Final report

The publication, on 19 June 2018, of Directive 2018/844 amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, represents the first major step towards the implementation of the...
Selection of policy options for inspections of stand-alone ventilation systems and analysis of related potential impacts
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Energy related CO2 emissions in Ireland 2005 – 2018

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has published its Energy- Related CO₂ Emissions in Ireland report. The report shows that energy-related CO₂ emissions declined slightly in 2018, even as energy use increased. This was due...
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Rathaus Freiburg – Germany

The university city of Freiburg is home to an innovative city hall that is now the biggest surplus-energy building in Europe. The building boasts outstanding thermal insulation that allows for low-temperature heating and high-temperature...
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OVERVIEW | Current status of energy performance certification in Europe

The European Union has established clear legislative frameworks to reduce energy demand from buildings. The directives on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD, 2018/844/EU) and on Energy Efficiency (EED, 2018/2002/EU) are being...
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Solar silo - Switzerland

As a visible sign of the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energies, a former coal silo and heating plant in Basel is covered with coloured PV modules. The entire site is under heritage protection, the remodelled building was required...
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Multi-apartment Renovation Programme – Lithuania

Compared to its Nordic neighbours, Lithuania is a relatively high energy consumer (225 kWh/m2) with a residential building sector that has considerable energy saving potential.   66% of the Lithuanian population resides in multi-apartment...
Policy fact sheet. Thematic objective 1
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Internationalisation of SMEs from the European construction sector in third markets

This report provides an analysis of potential areas of for public support at the EU level to EU SMEs from the construction industry in their efforts to internationalise their activities beyond the limits of the EU.   The report analyses...
Drivers, challenges and policy examples
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Financing Energy Renovation in Buildings- availability and accessibility of funding schemes

This guidance was developed under the framework of the project Our Buildings funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).   The project...
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ECSO - Country profile: Italy

The Italian construction sector’s gross value added (GVA) accounted for 16.7% of Italy’s 2018 GDP, making it one of the most important sectors in the national economy. However, by 2018 the construction sector experienced a steep decline...
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Energy+Home1.0 – Germany

In 2011, a detached house built in Mühltal outside Darmstadt in the 1970s became the first of its kind to be restored and converted into an ‘surplus energy’ house complete with electric vehicle technology.  Following the redevelopment, the...
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InBetween Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) service

As ecology, environmental protection and energy efficiency are hot topics nowadays, research efforts on energy savings are becoming more and more popular.   Energy consumption in residential households can be reduced by up to 12% only by...
Energy consumption in residential households can be reduced by up to 12% only by giving feedback to household residents on the way they spend their energy
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InBetween energy dispatch optimization service (EDOS)

Adopting an energy-efficient behavior (both at residential and at industrial scale) can play a fundamental role to achieve the ambitious energy efficiency goals set by various regulatory bodies and governments. However, it is very...
Adopting a more energy-efficient behaviour has never been so easy
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InBetween Smart Energy Manager

Competition as a driver to promote energy-efficient behaviours   InBetween has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 768776 to develop a cloud based platform...