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Zero carbon buildings 2050

A net-zero economy by 2050 in the EU requires bold action across all sectors, and in none more than buildings. The building sector is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the EU.   In its long-term strategy for...
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X-tendo responds to the EPC harmonisation challenge by exploring indicators for its innovative features – first developments are presented in a new report

European Member States have different legislation in place and systems to run Energy performance certificate (EPC) schemes. X-tendo proposes conceptual approaches for features combining new ideas with existing methods to work towards...
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X-tendo publishes a guidance note introducing framework principles for next-generation energy performance certificates

This report is a guidance document outlining the common requirements for developing and assessing the features for next generation of energy performance certificate (EPC) on new indicators and innovative handling of data brought forward by...
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A guidebook to European building policy – key legislation and initiatives

The guide focuses on the key EU legislation aimed at transforming and decarbonising the European building stock. This includes an overview of:   The Clean Energy Package for all Europeans – a comprehensive set of legislation that defines...
European building policy has been under development since the 1990s. Under the leadership of the European Commission building standards and policies have gradually improved, taking into account issues such as financing solutions, renewable...
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Florestine Residence

The project belongs to a larger urban intervention with the new Grand Parc in Bordeaux, with green area and public spaces, and it occupies a central place in redefining the neighbourhood. It also has an identity vocation because it...
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BIMplement 2nd leaflet

The H2020 project BIMplement has published its final brochure, illustrating the results of the project.   The brochure gives an overview of the project, its results and more detailed information.   The main objective of the project is to...
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GlobalABC roadmap for buildings and construction 2020 – 2050

The purpose of this roadmap is to support a common language and vision for the complete decarbonisation of the buildings across their life cycle and to support the development of national or subnational strategies and policies, including...
Towards a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector
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Energy savings thanks to quality management: The case of Karl Landsteiner University

The estimated average gap between calculated and actual energy performance of the European building stock is 25% for energy performance and 1.5% for comfort performance (as scored by building occupants). Comprehensive research has shown...
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Enefirst report – Barriers to implementing E1st in the EU-28

This report is focused on barriers to implementing “Efficiency First” (E1st) in the EU in several policy areas that are linked to energy use in the buildings sector (such as network codes, renewable energy policy, building regulations and...
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Breaking down the bottom line

Energy efficiency is now a fundamental part of doing business in real estate and property management. If companies miss out, they risk falling behind in terms of market competitiveness. This City Energy Project resource provides a...
The business case for energy efficiency in buildings
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BUILDHEAT demo case - Zaragoza, Spain

The case is one of the demonstration sites where the technologies developed within the H2020 project BUILDHEAT have been installed. The building is a large multifamily house in a small quarter in the outskirts of Zaragoza. It has 53...
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Renewables 2020 – Global status report

The report brings together all the latest information about renewable energy market and industry developments, policy and investment trends.   Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment (GTR) is an annual report jointly prepared by the...
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New Circular Economy Action Plan and the ambitious vision of the European Green Deal

The Concrete Initiative welcomes the New Circular Economy Action Plan and the ambitious vision of the European Green Deal. We are pleased to see that the Action Plan contains coherent, long-term measures to enhance the life span of...
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Climate adaptation and long-term planning

FEDARENE member regions and energy agencies are dedicated to helping municipalities in fighting climate change and preventing its unintended consequences. Read this new publication and find out about some of our best practices’ examples in...
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Doctor's orders - The complex relationship between energy retrofits and human health

In July, the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee released a report which was highly critical of the current lack of progress in building energy efficiency work, particularly in England. The report urged a...
There is no shortage of anecdotal evidence that home energy retrofits, done well, can improve the health of those who receive them — and equally there are horror stories about shoddy upgrades causing damp, mould and illness. But what does...
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REHVA JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE CEN-CE PROJECT

Quickly wrap your mind around the CEN-CE scheme thanks to the REHVA Journal special issue CEN-CE project: CEN-CE in a nutshell - Upskilling HVAC professionals, the linchpin of the EU Green Deal   CEN-CE certified expert operating EU wide...
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OVERVIEW | Building automation as a means for efficient building operation

Thermal comfort, indoor air quality and daylight are key factors in the comfort of building occupants. Despite the interconnection of these aspects and the related requirements, the way to achieve indoor air quality and thermal comfort are...
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European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) – Stimulating investments in energy efficiency

Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) are contractual arrangements typically between a building owner and an energy service company (‘ESCO’), where the ESCO invests in energy efficiency measures and guarantees energy savings over the...
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Building renovation: A kick-starter for the EU recovery

The BPIE has carried out this Study at the request of the Renovate Europe Campaign at a time when the topic of energy renovation seems to be on everyone’s lips. The request was made following the realisation that an overview of recent...
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Going Green: Who is investing in energy efficiency, and why it matters

Investments in energy efficiency improvements are vital to ensure Europe’s future as a sustainable, yet prosperous economy. The benefits are enormous: these investments contribute to abating greenhouse gas emissions, improving the...