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The economic benefits of a clean recovery - The case of energy-efficient cooling

Economic crises present an opportunity for governments to take action on climate change.   The lockdown responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have led to a fall in emissions—global CO2 emissions are expected to be about 8% lower in 2020 than...
A short report by The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Utility energy efficiency program performance from a climate change perspective

States and utilities increasingly rely on energy efficiency programs to address climate change mitigation goals.   This report assesses two types of such energy efficiency programs: behavioral programs that offer savings for a relatively...
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BOKU Ilse Wallentin house

Klima aktiv GOLD   klimaaktiv points: 965 out of 1000   In terms of sustainability, in addition to the wooden construction, the compactness of the building with regard to energy efficiency was taken into account. The appearance is...
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Transferring global experience of “efficiency first” to the EU: New Enefirst report

“Efficiency First” (E1st) is a fundamental principle applied to policymaking, planning and investment in the energy sector, gaining visibility in European energy and climate policy.   The H2020 project enefirst will help making the E1st...
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Seven Horizon2020 projects advise EU leaders how to prepare buildings for the energy transition

The transition to a forward-looking climate neutral economy, announced in the European Green Deal, demands an action plan where public and private sector investments are channeled towards climate-friendly technologies and business models...
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Saints Pierre & Paul, new construction of 36 passive apartments in an urban setting

Nestled in the heart of a residential neighbourhood in the north of Brussels, the project closes off a fairly diverse square with a parking lot at its centre, and faces a large church and an uninteresting housing structure.   The buildings...
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On the way to a climate-neutral Europe – Contributions from the building sector to a strengthened 2030 climate target

To achieve its 2050 climate neutrality objective, the European Union must accelerate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction in this decade. The building sector can be a central pillar of this effort and can make a significant contribution...
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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...
Case

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,...