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Updated Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency was established in 2015 by the Committee on Sustainable Energy and the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land...
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Office building in Couëron

The new CHARIER headquarters in Coueron, was developed to bring the location of business decisions closer to the main partners and customers of the company.   The main features of the building, designed by Paumier Architectes, aims to...
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Timber-framed barn in the north of France

This timber-framed building is located in Saint-Samson-la-Poterie in the Oise region (northern France), over Paris, and especially in the natural region called "Pays de Bray".   It was the barn of a landlord housing of the 17th century and...
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Skills Agenda - Towards a job-rich recovery with sustainable buildings

In its recent Renovation Wave, the European Commission outlined its vision on making Europe’s current building stock more energy efficient and sustainable by at least doubling the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030.  ...
Elisabeth HOFFMANN, Senior Policy Adviser, VELUX, EuroACE Member
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Time to reach for the moon – The EU needs to step up action and lead the transformation to sustainability

The European Union and its member states were a major driving force behind the negotiations at the United Nations that led to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda to achieve them. Five years later, the EU’s...
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Improving competences of engineers and workers in the AEC industry for delivering NZEBs

Abstract: The energy performance of buildings directive requires from the European Union Member States to ensure that by 31 December 2020 all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) and after 31 December 2018, new buildings...
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Co-housing in the UK

The scope of the project is to promote, though architecture, the set-up of a collaborative community living in passive houses. In fact, the building has shared facilities, encouraging social contacts and individual space in a community...
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Housing Europe's ambition to renovate 4 million affordable homes by 2030

European Social, Cooperative and Public Housing providers aim at refurbishing 400,000 homes per year or 4 million homes by 2030.   This will decrease the energy consumption of the refurbished housing units on average by 50% by 2030, cut...
The mission of cooperative, public and social housing providers is to provide affordable homes in sustainable communities and this work is becoming even more essential now as a result of the economic and social impact of this pandemic.
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The crest of the Renovation Wave: A toolkit to decarbonise the European building stock

For Europe to reach its carbon-neutral goal by 2050, we will need to decarbonise the building sector and with millions of buildings to be renovated, retrofit technologies are going to play a crucial role in achieving this target.    The...
by Sudhanshu Verma (REVOLVE)
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OVERVIEW | Integrated kits for building renovation

The building renovation sector has been moving towards the trend of using prefabricated renovation kits as an approach to effectively target the needs of any given project, and the design of kit-solutions that are able to respond to a...
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4RinEU deep renovation: the case of Mariënheuvel in Soest

The H2020 project 4RinEU, coordinated by Eurac Research, aims to define technologies, methodologies and business models to increase the uptake of deep renovation in the European building stock.   To ensure adaptability to a wide variety of...
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Proposed Centre for Climate Action and Sustainability at Myross House, West Cork, Ireland

Introduction Green Skibbereen CLG has made a proposal to Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSH) to form a partnership for the development of a Climate Action Centre based at Myross Wood House and Grounds, currently in the ownership of the...
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Green paper on good practice in EPC assessment, certification, and use

The QualDeEPC project aims to improve the practical implementation of the assessment, issuance, design, and use of Energy Performance Certification's as well as their renovation recommendations, in Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia,...
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Understanding the value of data: new X-tendo report outlines user needs and technical specifications of innovative EPC features

The EPBD and its revisions in 2010 and 2018 strengthened the provisions related to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) by setting out that the Member States have to provide information to owners and tenants on the purpose and objectives...
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Recommendations for building renovations

The Efficient Buildings Community has just developed a new set of recommendations for European and National decision-makers.   The eight recommendations are grounded in the experience of the Mediterranean local authorities and they aim to...
The Efficient Buildings Community releases the latest policy recommendations for a Mediterranean building renovation programme
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AIVC November 2020 Newsletter Special Issue on COVID-19

The AIVC board decided in their last (online) meeting of September 2020 to start a project to collect, discuss and disseminate information about COVID-19 in relation to ventilation and airtightness.   A working group was created to define...
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How does BIM help Contractors Achieve Improved Project Outcomes?

General and specialty contractors are buying into BIM based on the potential benefits it offers. Similar to any other construction technology, BIM has gained significant traction. The use of cloud-based software and mobile devices has...
by Harika Singh About Author Harika Singh is an academician and published writer. Her passion for engineering and technology reflects in the in-depth coverage she provides on technology trends. 20 years of work association with...
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Notarjeva vila

The house was built after the 1st world war as notary's villa in the former periphery of Tolmin where richer buildings were located.   The house expresses the characteristics of secession and is listed in the Register of Slovene cultural...
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StepUP project - Making decarbonisation of existing buildings a reliable and attractive investment

Deep renovation is a key action to drastically reduce energy demand and achieve the EU vision of a decarbonised building stock by 2050. However, only 1% of European buildings are being renovated yearly and shallow retrofits persist with...
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European Building Automation Controls Association releases checklist to assess BACS compliance with EPBD requirements

To support Member States implementing the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) has created a compliance checklist for Building Automation and Control System (...