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EnDurCrete: New Environmental friendly and Durable conCrete, integrating industrial by-products and hybrid systems, for civil, industrial and offshore applications

The EnDurCrete project is a newly launched research project supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation (Call H2020-NMBP-2017-two-stage, Project No. 760639) which started in January...

#EUSEW2018:a week of ideas and innovation; find out next events!

The sustainable energy transition is the key for an EU energy sector carbon neutral and a competitive, flexible, integrated market, responsive to consumer demands.   ‘Lead the clean energy transition’ has been the topic of EUSEW2018: the...

R2Cities crosses the finish line: the results

The EU project on smart districts has unveiled its energy saving achievements after its renovation works in three residential areas   Genoa, Valladolid and Kartal (Istanbul): three different cities, countries and climates, and more than...

The energy transition: an investment opportunity for cities and regions

An increasing number of large scale sustainable energy projects from public authorities across Europe are demonstrating the investment opportunity for cities and regions in the energy transition. From Croatia to Ireland, projects are...

Europe moving fast towards managing energy efficiency in buildings using BIM

Solar building skins as a way for achieving EPBD and EU policy targets

Following the European Commission’s data, buildings are responsible for 40 % of final energy consumption and 36 % of CO2 emissions in the EU. About the 75% of the existing buildings are energy insufficient while only 0,4-1,2% of the...

New standards for designing natural ventilation in buildings

Although EPBD stated that minimum energy performance requirements shall take into account indoor climate conditions, many member states neglected indoor environmental issues while implementing energy conservation policies. As a result,...

Renewable Energy in the United Kingdom

Renewable Energy Accounts for 30% of the Total Electricity Generated in the UK The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released a number of reports on the 22nd of February detailing the energy production of...

EU CoNZEBs wants your opinion: Take part in a survey on living in high-performance buildings

  The CoNZEBs team is asking for your opinion, based on your personal experiences, conversations with friends and neighbours, media or technical literature. Do you have any questions and open dilemmas regarding living in Nearly Zero...

SCORES Project: Self-Consumption Of Renewable Energy by hybrid Storage systems

The SCORES project is a newly launched research project supported by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation (Call H2020-EEB-2017, Project No. 766464) with a duration of 48 months. The project...

OVERVIEW | Super Insulating Materials: From mature products to market ready system solutions

By Daniel Quenard (CSTB)   Following years of research and development by EU-funded, national and international projects, Super-Insulated Materials (SIM) have achieved maturity. The industry is now rolling out market-ready solutions.   VIP...

OVERVIEW | Possibilities and challenges of BIM with respect to the assessment of the energy performance of buildings

By Peter Wouters, INIVE   BIM (Building Information Modelling) is in many EU countries high on the agenda. This article is focusing on the potential of BIM in relation to the energy performance of building assessment and also in relation...

OVERVIEW | Quality of installation of heating and cooling systems in buildings

by François Durier (CETIAT)   Reducing the energy consumption of heating and cooling systems in buildings requires:   to reduce building heating and cooling needs, via high performance building envelopes, intelligent controls (management...

OVERVIEW | Quality Management within Building Commissioning

  by: Anita Derjanecz, REHVA Managing Director - Francesco Mariottini, REHVA Assistant Project Engineer     Quality management and building commissioning are key tools in closing the gap between designed and actual energy performance of...

Energy efficiency’s ‘best kept secret’ delights district renovation experts

CITyFiED City members and consortium experts discovered energy efficiency’s ‘best kept secret’ Ludwigshafen and neighbouring Mannheim 30 November – 1 December 2017   Situated in the dynamic and industrial Rhein-Necker region,...

OVERVIEW | Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings – What’s the next step: zero energy or plus energy?

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The recast EPBD Article 9 requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) by 31 December 2020, and new buildings...

OVERVIEW | Evolution of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

  by Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team)     The EU’s legislative framework for energy efficient buildings was strengthened in 2002 with the adoption of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD – Directive 2002/91/EC),...

OVERVIEW | Nanomaterials in the built environment

by Dimitra Papadaki (NKUA)   The growing field of nanotechnology can be found in healthcare, electronics, cosmetics, information technology, and environmental protection, but also in the building sector. It involves the production of...

OVERVIEW | Alleviating Urban Heat Island in the Context of Climate Change

by Vasileios Ntouros (NKUA)   Urban Heat Island (UHI) is known to have significant impacts on the environment, giving rise to ambient temperatures in and around rural areas. At the same time, climate change issues are intensifying the UHI...

OVERVIEW | Smart HVAC systems in buildings and energy savings

by François Durier (CETIAT)   Advanced controls for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can reduce consumption in unoccupied zones of a building. They can also continuously adapt the operation to fit the demand and...