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The European Renovation Wave: From Words to Action

The building sector, as it stands today, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union. It remains highly dependent on fossil fuels, has yet to embrace circularity, and is not seeing the renovation activity...
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RESULTS OF THE X-TENDO SURVEY FOR NEW ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES

Understanding end-user perspectives is crucial for the development and roll-out of new features for energy performance certificates (EPCs).   Without a full insight into what end- users want and need for the next generation of EPCs it will...
RESULTS OF THE X-TENDO SURVEY SHOWS THAT BUILDING LOGBOOKS, FINANCING OPTIONS AND COMFORT ARE THE MOST RELEVANT FEATURES FOR NEW ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES, ACCORDING TO END-USERS FROM FIVE COUNTRIES
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A Renovation Wave for Europe -greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives

Europe’s building stock is both unique and heterogeneous in its expression of the cultural diversity and history of our continent. But not surprisingly, it is also old and changes very slowly. More than 220 million building units,...
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Renovation Wave - the European Green Deal

To reduce emissions by at least 55% in 2030 and build the foundations for a climate neutral Europe by 2050, the Renovation Wave aims to renovate 35 million inefficient buildings by 2030.   85-95% of buildings in the EU are expected to...
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OVERVIEW | De-risking energy efficiency investments for the EU building stock

Increasing the energy performance of the EU building stock is key for the EU to achieve its climate and energy goals. However, annually only around 0.2% to 0.3% of buildings across Europe are undergoing deep renovation (aiming at achieving...
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OVERVIEW | A holistic approach for the energy renovation of the residential built environment in the Mediterranean area: the HAPPEN project

Introduction: the MedZEB approach The development of the retrofitting market is a significant challenge throughout Europe. This challenge faces particular conditions in the Mediterranean region due e.g. to its environmental and climatic...
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BIMProve H2020 Project: Disrupting the Construction Industry

BIMprove – Improving Building Information Modelling by realtime Tracing of Construction Processes is a European project launched at the beginning of September 2020 by an outstanding consortium made up of partners from all over Europe.  ...
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Sustainable headquarter IDAI NATURE

The building, designed by Ruben Muedra and developed by IDAI NATURE as their new headquarters, won the BUILD Sustainable Building "Excellence Award for Sustainable Architectural Design".   It has been completed in 2018 and it is located in...
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Passive office renovation in Wien

The administration building of the “Dachverbandes der öster. Sozialversicherung”in Wien, built at the end of the Seventies, has recently undergone a general renovation.   The building has 16 floors above ground and a total GFA of approx....
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European Commission publishes report on developing an EU framework for a Digital Building Logbook

The lack of a common repository for all relevant building data amounts to additional costs and inefficiencies, stifled innovation, increased risk and low investor confidence. A Digital Building Logbook could overcome this through increased...
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Walloon Region: Sustainable Bonds allocation and impact analysis report

In 2019, the Walloon Region successfully issued its first sustainable bonds for financing its environmental and social projects, in compliance with Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. 1 billion euros were raised.   The Walloon Region...
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Sustainable finance in focus

As part of the Institute of International Finance's new line of sustainability-themed research, it is launching a series of short “back-to-basics” notes, aiming to bring some clarity to the complex ecosystem of climate data, risk...
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#2 Aligning finance for the net zero economy: New ideas from leading thinkers

The IPCC Special Report released in late 2018, highlighted the urgency of minimising global temperature rise to 1.5°C and emphasised the need for systems transitions that can be enabled by investments in climate change mitigation and...
#2 Transformations required for 1.5°C alignment and global sustainability
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#1 Aligning finance for the net zero economy: new ideas from leading thinkers

The IPCC Special Report released in late 2018, highlighted the urgency of minimising global temperature rise to 1.5°C and emphasised the need for systems transitions that can be enabled by investments in climate change mitigation and...
#1 achieving alignment in finance
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Active Building Energy Performance Contracts: an overview of policies and measures in place in Belgium, Spain, Italy and Portugal

AmBIENCe – Actively Managed Buildings with Energy Performance Contracting- is an H2020 project that aims to extend the concept of energy performance contracting for active building and making the model available and attractive to a wider...
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The Circular Facade - Building a sustainable financial reality with Facades-as-a-Service

This white paper explores Facades-as-a-Service as a method to battle waste and increase the circularity of buildings.   The Facades-as-a-Service will provide a customisable, dismantable facade that provides a building with ventilation,...
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Smart City project SINFONIA: IN28 demonstration building in Innsbruck

Innsbruck is one of the pilot cities of the FP7 project SINFONIA, and selected its eastern district to demonstrate the large scale implementation of energy efficient measures, with the objective of achieving on average 40 – 50% primary...
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Final report on the technical support to the development of a smart readiness indicator for buildings

Smart technologies in buildings can be a cost-effective means to assist in creating healthier and more comfortable buildings with a lower energy use and carbon impact and can also facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources in...
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Analysis of directives, policies, measures and regulation relevant for the Active Building EPC concept and business models

AmBIENCe – Actively Managed Buildings with Energy Performance Contracting- is an H2020 project that aims to extend the concept of energy performance contracting for active building and making the model available and attractive to a wider...
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Directions for the commercial exploitation of the tools and methodology developed during the ZERO-PLUS project

An important output of ZERO-PLUS project has been published. The report titled “Sample Business Plan for Commercial-Scale implementation of the technologies and processes developed in the project” lays out potential directions for the...