Practices

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Highlighted Practices

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 not clear...

OVERVIEW | Energy in Buildings at the 2020 EU Sustainable Energy Week #EUSEW 2020

This year marks the 15thEuropean Sustainable Energy Week EUSEW.  Under the circumstances with Covid-19 the event was adapted to provide a dynamic, interactive and carefully organised online format. This effort has proved successful with more than...

OVERVIEW | nZEB policies and the support tools in eCentral project target countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary)

Currently, buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption and around 75% of them are energy inefficient, with an annual renovating rate around 0.4-1.2%. EU has established legislative frameworks as EPBD (directive 2010/31/EU and update) and...

OVERVIEW | From nearly-Zero to Plus Energy Buildings

The 2030 Framework for climate and energy sets a 40% cut in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions compared to the 1990 level as an EU-wide target for 2030. To this end, the European Union (EU) has established clear legislative frameworks to reduce its...

OVERVIEW | Supporting EU building stock transformation by fostering market players’ skills

Skills development in the building sector: what are the challenges? Over the last few years, the construction industry and the building sector as whole has seen a slow implementation of new skills, which have not developed evenly across all...

OVERVIEW | Energy Flexibility in buildings

The EU’s 2030 Framework for climate and energy sets a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990, and at least a 32% share of renewable energy consumption, as EU-wide targets for 2030. For the power system, reducing greenhouse gas...

OVERVIEW | Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – 2020 edition

The Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum – Energy Efficiency Finance Market Place, has become an important annual landmark, gathering this year over 600 experts in the fields of sustainable energy and financing from more than 36 countries. The 2020...

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 implemented by...

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. buildings...

OVERVIEW | BIM: Enabling Energy Management and Control for the Construction Sector

Introduction BIM is a key part of the fourth revolution (digitalisation) of the AEC industry (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) and an enabling tool for a cleaner and more sustainable build environment.   This has been...

OVERVIEW | Next generation buildings: IoT and smart energy efficiency

In general terms, the Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the allocation of unique identifiers (such as IP addresses) to physical objects. Those identifiers enable objects to connect to a network allowing the transfer of data to and from those...

OVERVIEW | Socioeconomic and technical approaches to building stock renovation

Renovating the EU building stock Deep renovation of buildings has the potential to cut 36% of their energy consumption by 2030, while reducing the EU’s dependency on imported energy, creating growth, innovation and employment, reducing fuel poverty...

Overview | Renovate Europe’s REDay 2019: Deep Energy Renovation Already All Around Us

The Renovate Europe Campaign celebrated its annual REDay beacon event on the 8th of October 2019 in the European Parliament. Gathering building sector stakeholders, experts and policymakers this ninth edition was hosted by MEP Pernille Weiss (EPP,...

OVERVIEW | Tools for photovoltaics in buildings

Today’s energy market is rapidly transforming with the diffusion of new decentralized energy actors. In this scenario, buildings play a relevant role for the energy transition that European countries are facing. They are expected to shift from...

OVERVIEW | An introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology that has been developed to evaluate the environmental impact of buildings, with respect to their processes, their materials and use (energy) throughout the whole life cycle of a building. It is not to be...

The EU Building Stock Observatory needs your help!

The climate emergency is one of the most talked about and vocalised issues the population of the Earth currently faces with climate strikes now being a weekly occurrence and with a regular spot on the 6 o'clock news, it's no surprise that mitigation...

OVERVIEW | Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings: A State of the Art

Historic buildings can be considered the symbol of European cities, towns and villages; entire districts are a unique proof of the European cultural heritage. Currently, about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old and almost 75% of the...

OVERVIEW | Digitalisation in the construction industry

FOURTH INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION (Industry 4.0) Digital transformation, as described by the European Commission, is characterised by a fusion of advanced technologies and the integration of physical and digital systems and their effect on buildings and...

OVERVIEW | Financing energy efficiency in buildings

The challenge The EC estimates that about 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, and almost 75% of the building stock is energy inefficient.   At the same time, only 0.4-1.2% of the building stock renovated each year (...

Overview | Buildings as Material Banks (BAMB) Outcomes at the End of a Research Cycle

In integrative building design, interaction among all building disciplines and stakeholders is sought from the earliest development phases, aiming to achieve optimal solutions through iterative and lean approaches.   The quest for energy efficiency...