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Accelerating energy renovation investments in buildings

At today's renovation rate of around 1% of buildings per year, a timely transition of the EU building sector towards climate-neutral levels by 2050 cannot be ensured. To accelerate energy efficiency investments in this area, the European...
Financial and fiscal instruments across the EU
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OVERVIEW | SMARTER Finance for Families project

The SMARTER Finance for Families H2020 project intends to replicate the success of the Green Homes/ Green Mortgages (GH/GM) programme initiated by the Romanian Green Building Council (RoGBC). By the beginning of 2019, the Romanian program...
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The inside story: Health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people

Children are spending more and more time inside buildings and the indoor air quality can affect their health. In fact, air pollution has been linked to serious health conditions, such as cancer, asthma and cardiovascular diseases.   The...
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BIM4EEB closes the first year up to speed with the development of the BIM toolkit.

BIM4EEB is a European funded project that aims to develop a BIM-based toolkit for energy-efficient building renovation. The project has just completed the first year of activities in full steam. Along the year, project partners have run...
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12 strategies to step up global energy efficiency

Only a drastic reduction in global energy demand will allow an affordable manageable transition to a global energy system based on renewables and ambitious energy efficiency measures are key to meet sustainability goals. Global growth in...
Advice from three experts NGOs to IEA´s High-Level Commission on energy efficiency
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Energy company obligations: Examples of delivering energy efficiency in buildings and future trends

Today there is an urgent need to scale up progress towards energy efficiency in buildings. Energy efficiency is also one of the pillars of a climate mitigation strategy and a critical element to meeting the Global Sustainable Development...
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Statistiken und Analysen zur Energieeffizienz im Gebäudebestand

Energieverbrauch in Gebäuden bleibt auf hohem Niveau / Sanierungsrate ist weiterhin zu niedrig / Kuhlmann: "Klimapaket und weitere Maßnahmen können Stillstand beenden, müssen aber rasch umgesetzt werden".   Der Energieverbrauch für...
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Aktiv-Stadthaus social housing in Speicherstraße - Germany

The Aktiv-Stadthaus in Frankfurt am Main is the first large apartment building in a city to be built according to the Efficiency House Plus standard. The first residents moved in during the summer of 2015. The aim of its innovative energy...
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BIM4REN - Deliverable: Digitalisation of the building renovation process

The first Work Package (WP1) of the Horizon 2020 project BIM4Ren has been concluded. The main milestone achieved at this stage is the completion of the definition of the “Overall framework for a digital driven Integrated Design and...
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2050 vision for 100% renewable heating & cooling in Europe

This vision is intended to provide a clear path for 100% renewable energy (RE) heating and cooling (H&C) sectors in Europe by 2050. It highlights the principles, the drivers, and the challenges of the transition to RE and helps readers...
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Timber-framed house in Alsace – France

This house is located in Schnersheim, a village of 750 inhabitants, 20 km away of the head of the Alsace Region, Strasbourg. The house is a former farm and is constructed on a light slope. The basement and two walls giving to the national...
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OVERVIEW | BIM: Enabling Energy Management and Control for the Construction Sector

Introduction BIM is a key part of the fourth revolution (digitalisation) of the AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) and an enabling tool for a cleaner and more sustainable build environment.   This has been recognised...
by BIMcert team The seven BIMcert project partners combined to produce an opinion piece on BIMcert and the area of energy efficiency in buildings called ‘BIM: Enabling Energy Management and Control for the Construction Sector’.
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OVERVIEW | Next generation buildings: IoT and smart energy efficiency

In general terms, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the allocation of unique identifiers (such as IP addresses) to physical objects. Those identifiers enable objects to connect to a network allowing the transfer of data to and from...
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Osramhuset (The Osram Building) - Danmark

The Osram Building was originally built in 1953 as an office and warehouse for A/S Dansk Osram, i.e. a lightbulb manufacturer. The building was the first prefabricated building in Copenhagen, and it was built in shock concrete or shavings...
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Klostergebäude Kaiserstrasse - Austria

The building is a symmetrical structure with two wings, which frame the forecourt of the Lazaristenkirche. The north wing was the subject of renovation. It dates from the late "Gründerzeit" period of 1884-1918, was built in 1904 and...
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BIMcert: Answers to the European audience

What makes you think BIM is the way forward for the construction sector to meet carbon emission targets? According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) the global buildings sector is now responsible for 36% of global final energy...
by BIMcert team   In this compendium the 7 BIMcert partners give an explanation of the BIMcert project by answering questions from  the European construction audience:
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Addressing fuel poverty

Energy poverty, or fuel poverty, is often defined as a situation where low-income households are not able to adequately provide basic energy services in their homes and for their transport at affordable cost. A widely used criterion is to...
Analyst Brief - November 2019
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New Logic III – “The Tube”, Netherlands

DOKVAST developed a sustainable and high-quality distribution centre for Rhenus Contract Logistics at the industrial area Het Laar in Tilburg. The distribution centre, named “The Tube”, consists of three linked compartments with mezzanine...
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The Horizon 2020 project RenOnBill gives an overview of on-bill buildings energy renovation schemes, outlining the key issues to be addressed to ensure their replicability in Europe

The objective of the Horizon 2020 RenOnBill project is to scale up investments towards deep energy renovations of residential buildings, by promoting the development and implementation of on-bill schemes, based on the cooperation between...
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2019 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

The buildings and construction sector accounted for 36% of final energy use and 39% of energy and process-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in 2018, 11% of which resulted from manufacturing building materials and products such as...
Towards a zero-emissions, efficient and resilient buildings and construction sector.