Practices

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100% Renewable Energy Districts: 2050 Vision

The energy and carbon footprint of urban areas will increase with urbanisation and the growing economic activity of urban citizens.   The decarbonisation of cities and city districts presents an imperative and an obvious area of priority...
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Life Cycle Assessments – A guide on using the LCA

  The DGNB has made it its primary goal to plan, operate and use the built environment of the present day for the benefit of all, and in such a way that the generations that follow us can fully utilise their own potential and not be...
The present guidelines, which the DGNB has developed together with its members, convey a basic understanding of the great benefits that is offered by the use of life cycle assessments in the planning process.
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OVERVIEW | Financing energy efficiency in buildings

The challenge The EC estimates that about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient.   At the same time, only 0.4-1.2% of the building stock renovated each year (depending...
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Slovak Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (SlovSEFF)

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The Slovak Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (SlovSEFF) was one of the first credit lines by the European Bank for Reconstruction...
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Latvian Baltic Energy Efficiency Facility (LABEEF)

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The Latvian Baltic Energy Efficiency Facility (LABEEF) is a company that was founded in 2016 to facilitate the deep renovation of the...
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Towards a fossil-free energy in 2050

Building the infrastructure to decarbonise the EU’s energy system by 2050 through large amounts of green gas is projected to be up to 36% more expensive than through energy efficiency and smart electrification, even in European countries...
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NHT - Burgeck - JE29E (Jenbach -Austria)

This new residential complex in Tirol, completed in 2018, is a passive house construction with 20 condominiums, 19 underground parking spaces and 8 carport spaces. The structure is U-shaped and is divided, due to the slope, in a basement...
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Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH): guidance for social landlords

The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) aims to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland.   This supports the Scottish Government's vision of warm, high quality, affordable, low...
Revised guidance for social landlords on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH), February 2019.
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BIM and ISO 19650 from a project management perspective

Using 3D modelling software, layering it with data, and working very closely with all partners in construction and engineering projects is critical if European companies are to survive in the challenging and rapidly changing market.  ...
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HOCHH(IN)AUS

Unique view and idyllic location, this project in the heart of Vienna consists of 117 privately financed condos. Its planned completion is foreseen for 2019.   The building presents a promising living space in a prime location - right next...
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Integrating digital innovations in the construction sector - The case of 3D Printing and Drones in construction

While most industries have been through fundamental changes over the past few decades, the construction industry has been hesitant to embrace digital innovation.   This does not mean that there is no innovation helpful for the sector....
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Hélène Boucher co-ownership in Sevran

This case study represents a rehabilitation and energy renovation of a 1970 condominium. It consists of a small joint ownership of 23 lots in Sevran (in Paris suburbs) as part of the "OPAH Quartier Rougemont" with the operator OZONE.   The...
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Reaction of ETIP PV to EC’s ‘Clean Planet for All’ Communication on possible scenarios for 99% decarbonisation (or not) by 2050

ETIP PV is highly supportive of the EU’s interest in following a pathway that leads to a max -1.5°C warmer world and encourages it to put in place the policies that will achieve this as cost-effectively as possible. This means acting soon...
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The future of the European built environment – A forward-looking description of Europe in 2030 and 2050

No one knows what the future exactly holds. Nevertheless, we look at trends and examine new developments today to define business strategies and to develop policies and regulations for tomorrow. In this report we present a forward-look on...
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Overview | Achieve Better Buildings! Passive House Conference Heidelberg - May 2019

The Passive House standard was defined and put into practice for the first time in Darmstadt in 1991 almost three decades ago. Next October 2019, the 23rd International Passive House Conference will take place for the first time outside...
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Osservatorio degli edifici a energia quasi zero in Italia

Dal 2021, tutti gli edifici nuovi o soggetti a una ristrutturazione importante di primo livello dovranno essere a fabbisogno di energia quasi zero (nZEB).   Negli stessi casi gli edifici pubblici daranno l’esempio, rispondendo ai requisiti...
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Net zero by 2050: From whether to how

More than 10 scenarios were modelled by the organisations who supported the model testing, while other scenarios were elaborated by the project team to explore the net-zero opportunities and trade-offs.   Out of these scenarios, three...
This report is based on a research seeking to explore the feasibility and implications for the EU of reaching net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 at the latest.   This report is based on the development and use of a simulation model of European...
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CUBE 2020: addressing the energy transition for non-residential buildings

Large companies are looking to equip themselves with a bottom-up approach to foster environmental performance in buildings to complement the top-down policies available in their significant portfolios (certifications, ISO 50001, facility...
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Financing a sustainable european economy: Report on climate benchmarks

The agreement reached by the European co-legislators on the regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2016/2011, as part of the Commission's Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, resulted in two essential measures regarding investment...
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Financial benefits of deep renovation could help mobilize further investment and improve market financing conditions

Topic of the month (July 2019): Financing energy efficiency in buildings   Current levels of investment are insufficient to deliver on the Union's energy objectives for 2030.   Estimates suggest that around €100 billion need to be...