The Kohlerhaus, a building dating back to the 14th century, was renovated to accommodate 10 apartments with the high standards of comfort and efficiency. The historical research carried out by the architect revealed the rich past of the building, that served as priest house, hotel or guest house. The retrofit of the building included external insulation the wall with reed mats, new replica windows and new building services (radiating heating and mechanical ventilation).
Post date: 2 Jan 2021
EXPERT TALKS is an initiative from the BUILD UP portal which has started in February 2020. In the form of face-to-face interviews, experts coming from all around Europe and covering the field of Energy Efficiency in buildings from different perspectives share their views, experiences and expertise with BUILD UP audience.
During this year, BUILD UP has invited and interviewed ten experts, addressing relevant topics linked to the Topic of the Month.
Post date: 10 Dec 2020
Concept and objectives:
Buildings account for around 40% of total energy use and 36% of CO2 emissions in Europe .
According to the recast Directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD) all new buildings after 2020 should reach nearly zero energy levels, meaning that they should demonstrate very low energy needs mainly covered by renewable energy sources.
Post date: 9 Dec 2020
Europe needs to reach a minimum 3% annual deep renovation rate to achieve a strengthened GHG reduction target and a boost for renewable heating and cooling.
Post date: 3 Dec 2020
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 to a strengthened 2030 greenhouse gas reduction target.
Increasing actions and investment to accelerate building renovations will also lead to sustaining a green economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and improving living conditions for Europeans.
Post date: 3 Dec 2020
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 it has recently been retrofitted and restored by the owner himself. A careful work on the materials and on the execution was made.
Post date: 29 Nov 2020
TripleA-reno is an H2020 EU-funded project running from May 2018 until April 2021. It raises awareness and provides guidance on the different phases of the renovation process.
Post date: 26 Nov 2020
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 range of requirements.
Post date: 19 Nov 2020
The 23rd webinar on the Low Carbon Economy
Every day, more than 22,000,000 m³ of hot water are consumed by European homes alone. It is a major source of energy consumption for new housing, and yet 80 percent of this heat ends up in sewers and is wasted.
Considering hot water is mostly used in showers, recovering waste heat from shower drains could be a simple way to save up to 70 percent wasted energy and related CO2 emissions.
Post date: 17 Nov 2020
Task 59´s Autumn newsletter is out!
The International Energy Agency's IEA-SHC Task 59: Renovating Historic Buildings towards zero energy (HistoricNZEB) showcases examples of how historic buildings from across the world can be renovated to allow substantial reductions in energy use and associated carbon dioxide emissions, while safeguarding the buildings’ cultural significance.
Post date: 16 Nov 2020