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World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C Pathway (Preview)

The World Energy Transitions Outlook preview outlines a pathway for the world to achieve the Paris Agreement goals and halt the pace of climate change by transforming the global energy landscape. This preview presents options to limit...
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Residential building in Munich

The renovation of this residential building locate in Munich was implemented in the framework of the FP7 funded E2Rebuild project:   The residential multi-storey building in the suburb of Sendling, Munich (Germany), owned by the public...
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Integrating low-temperature renewables in district energy systems

Reducing the heating and cooling sector’s emissions is critical to mitigating against changes in climate and reducing air pollution. In this regard, district heating and cooling systems can assist in scaling up renewable energy use,...
Guidelines for policy makers
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What do the changes to the Energy Efficiency Directive mean for your Utility

Europe is often cited as the most progressive continent in terms of climate change policy.  The European Union has set a goal of no net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.   The European Green Deal has been established as a collection of...
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Musikschule Velden

The former fire station is a listed building, which was built in 1926 by architect Franz Baumgartner in the style of the architecture at the lake Wörther See. It is now used as a music school. The building is characterised by its strongly...
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Late payment in the construction sector

The report provides an analysis of the state of play and impact of late payment on the European construction sector, by analysing in detail the situation with late payment in five countries: France, Ireland, Italy, Spain and the United...
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New research emerging from the EU project Sinfonia looks at the importance of considering context when designing behaviour-change interventions in line with retrofitting objectives

Preliminary evidence on the effects of a behaviourally informed intervention integrated in an initial subset of 12 apartments seems to highlight the role that household composition plays in ensuring the effectiveness of behaviour-change...
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Renewables in Cities - 2021 Gobal Status Report

REN21’s Renewables in Cities Global Status Report (REC) series provides an overview of the status, trends and developments of renewable energy in cities, using the most up-to-date information and data available.   The REC’s neutral, fact-...
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Report on performance tests on the operation of the electrical energy storage

The present work describes the activities performed to develop the prototype of the electric energy storage system of the HYBUILD project. The final purpose of the work done was to choose, test, and assemble the electric energy storage...
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Fiddleback House - Passive House

Fiddleback House provides a young family with contemporary living in a certified Passive House that respects the pristine alpine environment of its surrounds.   Through intelligent design and collaborative decision making, Fiddleback House...
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ZERO-PLUS: Final results of the Four Pilot Settlements

ZERO-PLUS is a comprehensive, cost-effective approach for the design, construction and monitoring of Net Zero Energy Settlements (NZESs). The proposed approach was applied in four case studies in different climatic settings, France, UK,...
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Report on the development and operation of a performance analysis platform for real-time assessment of NZE settlements

The purpose of the report is to present an overview of the underlying programs and procedures that have been created and integrated in order to provide functionality to the ZERO-PLUS monitoring schema.   For the monitoring purposes of the...
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Long-term renovation strategies as key instruments to guide local renovation - Lessons learned from good practices across Europe

Successful implementation of the Renovation Wave is highly dependent on the local level, in particular, the access to funding and the application of innovative instruments in municipalities across Europe.   The Our Buildings report...
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Hastings Visitor Centre built with straw

The 'Bale House' is the new Visitor Centre in Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, funded by Hastings Borough Council with grant aid from the Interreg NWE programme.   From the foundations to facade, it is constructed from natural and...
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Renewable Energy Prospects for Central and South-Eastern Europe Energy Connectivity (CESEC)

Renewable sources could cover more than one-third of energy demand across the Central and South-Eastern Europe energy connectivity (CESEC) area cost effectively by 2030, regional Renewable Energy Roadmap (REmap) analysis shows.   This...
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Summary of Climate Chance Talks - BUILDING

The Climate Chance Observatory released the 2020 Edition of its Global Sector-based Synthesis Report of Climate Action and organized, for this occasion, its week of #ClimateChanceTalks in December 2020 to exchange and cross points of view...
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Renovation Wave: The End of the Beginning

  In October 2020, The European Commission published a far-reaching strategy known as the Renovation Wave. Its headline objective is to increase the energy renovation rate in the European Union to at least twice the rate it is today.   In...
In the business sector, we welcome the renovation wave as a step change in the way that the EU regulates our sector. However, it is only the end of the beginning.   The measures forecasted in the review of EPB Directive will have to be...
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OODI library

As part of Finland’s centenary celebrations, Helsinki is now home to Oodi. It is a magnificent hybrid wooden construction and landmark that serves to refresh the city’s library services for 150 years to come.   The centrepiece of the...
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ENDURCRETE project: 4th newsletter

We are happy to share our 4th newsletter of EnDurCrete project.    In this edition you can take a look to Casting of EnDurCrete elements, Deployment of EnDurCrete elements at the demonstration sites for further testing and monitoring. ...
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OVERVIEW | H2020 projects on Smart buildings

Smartness of buildings: a key enabler towards a climate-neutral EU The European Green Deal, is a decisive step towards the ambitious target of achieving Europe’s climate neutrality by 2050.   From this perspective, European buildings...