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Rathaus Freiburg – Germany

The university city of Freiburg is home to an innovative city hall that is now the biggest surplus-energy building in Europe. The building boasts outstanding thermal insulation that allows for low-temperature heating and high-temperature...
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OVERVIEW | Current status of energy performance certification in Europe

The European Union has established clear legislative frameworks to reduce energy demand from buildings. The directives on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD, 2018/844/EU) and on Energy Efficiency (EED, 2018/2002/EU) are being...
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Solar silo - Switzerland

As a visible sign of the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energies, a former coal silo and heating plant in Basel is covered with coloured PV modules. The entire site is under heritage protection, the remodelled building was required...
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Multi-apartment Renovation Programme – Lithuania

Compared to its Nordic neighbours, Lithuania is a relatively high energy consumer (225 kWh/m2) with a residential building sector that has considerable energy saving potential.   66% of the Lithuanian population resides in multi-apartment...
Policy fact sheet. Thematic objective 1
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Internationalisation of SMEs from the European construction sector in third markets

This report provides an analysis of potential areas of for public support at the EU level to EU SMEs from the construction industry in their efforts to internationalise their activities beyond the limits of the EU.   The report analyses...
Drivers, challenges and policy examples
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Financing Energy Renovation in Buildings- availability and accessibility of funding schemes

This guidance was developed under the framework of the project Our Buildings funded by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).   The project...
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ECSO - Country profile: Italy

The Italian construction sector’s gross value added (GVA) accounted for 16.7% of Italy’s 2018 GDP, making it one of the most important sectors in the national economy. However, by 2018 the construction sector experienced a steep decline...
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Energy+Home1.0 – Germany

In 2011, a detached house built in Mühltal outside Darmstadt in the 1970s became the first of its kind to be restored and converted into an ‘surplus energy’ house complete with electric vehicle technology.  Following the redevelopment, the...
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InBetween Non-Intrusive Load Monitoring (NILM) service

As ecology, environmental protection and energy efficiency are hot topics nowadays, research efforts on energy savings are becoming more and more popular.   Energy consumption in residential households can be reduced by up to 12% only by...
Energy consumption in residential households can be reduced by up to 12% only by giving feedback to household residents on the way they spend their energy
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InBetween energy dispatch optimization service (EDOS)

Adopting an energy-efficient behavior (both at residential and at industrial scale) can play a fundamental role to achieve the ambitious energy efficiency goals set by various regulatory bodies and governments. However, it is very...
Adopting a more energy-efficient behaviour has never been so easy
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InBetween Smart Energy Manager

Competition as a driver to promote energy-efficient behaviours   InBetween has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 768776 to develop a cloud based platform...
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Passive House: Building a sustainable future

Against the background of climate change and increasing environmental awareness, new build construction is booming in some regions, while others face the challenge of retrofitting whole districts. In short: there has never been a better...
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European Construction Sector Observatory - Country profile: Denmark

The Danish construction sector has been on the revival path since 2010, in line with the overall improvement in the general economy. In 2018, there were 74,810 enterprises in the broad construction sector in Denmark, with the narrow...
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Housing affordability and sustainability in the EU

This analytical report is part of the European Construction Sector Observatory (ECSO) and aims to provide policy insights as well as highlight a set of evidence-based lessons learnt for policy-makers on how to support housing affordability...
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Mercado del Val – Spain

Mercado del Val is an iron market located within the old town of Valladolid. Its construction was completed in 1882. The rectangular floor plan is 120 meters long times 19 meters wide, with chamfered corners. It had stones for foundations...
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OVERVIEW | Insulating historic buildings: approaches and materials

Historic buildings constitute a considerable share of the European building stock. About 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, with 26.4% dating from before 1945 [1]. Improving the energy performance of historic buildings (i.e....
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Long-term renovation strategies and local building renovation initiatives: case studies from 8 countries

Long-term renovation strategies are a requirement of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) for all member states. BPIE and national Green Building Councils for the H2020 project Build Upon2 published 8 factsheets discussing...
Long-term renovation strategies (LTRS), developed at national level, go hand-in-hand with local building renovation initiatives. This factsheet maps the governance structure, status quo of the process, successes and challenges of LTRS...
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Hof 6 - Austria

The farmhouse was built in 1646 in log construction and was home of the painter Angelika Kaufmann. The living part of the house has been restored in 2008 and the affiliated barn was rebuild in 2013. The traditional renovation of the front...
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Vision and strategic workstreams for a decarbonised Belgium by 2050

This report aims to identify key orientations for the establishment of long-term decarbonisation strategy for Belgium. It draws on a wide range of quantitative and qualitative analyses, policy documents and scenario modelling for 2050.  ...
Input to the Belgian long-term strategy
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Defining and contextualizing the E1st principle

Efficiency First (E1st) is now an established principle of EU energy policy. It has been embedded in various legislative pieces of the Clean Energy for All package in 2018-2019.   This report reviews the background of this concept and...