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OVERVIEW | Architecture 4.0

This overview explores the concept of Architecture 4.0 and its relation to digital information and communication technologies. It is important to emphasise that the digital transformation, as described by the European Commission, is...
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Understanding the Housing Affordability Risk Posed by Building Performance Policies

To meet ambitious climate goals, leading local and state governments are adopting ambitious energy efficiency policies that require building owners to make substantial capital investments in their properties. In affordable multifamily...
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Renovating Historic Buildings Towards Zero Energy

This promotional brochure of Task 59 IEA-SHC highlights the project structure, the organizational details and the project´s objectives, which are the following: Develop a knowledge base on how to renovate historic buildings towards their...
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REMOURBAN – renovation of the FASA neighborhood

REMOURBAN is a large-scale demonstration project, whose objective is to accelerate urban transformation towards the concept of smart city taking into account all aspects of sustainability. The demonstration addresses a holistic...
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European energy labels: rescaling and transition periods

As a result of the development of more and more energy efficient products, and because the difference between A++ and A+++ is less obvious to the consumer, the EU energy labels categories will be gradually adjusted to reintroduce the...
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Assessment Model of End-of-Life Costs and Waste Quantification in Selective Demolitions: Case Studies of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings

Abstract: Innovative designs, such as those taking place in nearly zero-energy buildings, need to tackle Life Cycle Cost, because reducing the impact of use can carry other collateral and unexpected costs. For example, it is interesting to...
Open access article in Sustainability journal  
Case

Residential complex in Mühlbachl

In the district of Statz in Mühlbachl, the local social housing agency implemented a residential project with three energy efficient buildings with 26 apartments and an overall surface of around 1270 m2, that reached the level klimaaktiv...
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Energy services and the renovation wave: Opportunities for a green economic recovery in Europe

Given that new EU resources must ensure EU economic recovery while aligning investment with the objectives of the European Green Deal, now is the time to ensure short-term measures are put in place to facilitate immediate action, as well...
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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...
Case

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
Case

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...