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L6: The Energy and Positive Water Laboratory

After acquiring 2 hectares of parcels that were formerly composed of scrap yards, the L'OREAL Group's Research & Innovation site has built (2018) its new research laboratory, the L6, with a twofold objective: environmental excellence...
The building is a laboratory structure with 120 working places realised by Bouygues Construction. As a model in terms of innovation, fully integrating digital technologies, the building is completely flexible in order to stimulate...
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Tokyo Declaration on Improving the Visibility and Energy Performance of Asset Investments by Financial Institutions

The Summit participants, financial institutions, supporting networks and experts, declared to the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, that to increase the innovative financing and...
As one of the relevant outcomes  of the G20 in the field of energy efficiency, held the last June 12th in Tokyo, over 150 high-level delegates and participants concluded a shared declaration on improving the visibility and energy...
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From nearly-zero energy buildings to net-zero energy districts. Lessons learned from existing EU projects

The report, prepared by the JRC (Joint Research Centre), presents an analysis of the current situation based on:   an extensive literature review review from 1992 to 2018 on relevant articles dealing with zero energy/zero carbon community...
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State of Energy Efficiency in National Energy and Climate Plans

The EU has now at its disposal a new set of energy legislation, as well as targets to be met until 2030.For energy efficiency, an EU 2030 headline target of at least 32.5% was set in the revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).   The...
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Residential Scenia. Multi-family Passivhaus building in Mediterranean climate (Zaragoza, Spain)

Scenia (phase II) is a new built collective residential complex, with 26 exclusive homes and garage with a total of 13,576 m2 located in one of the best areas of Zaragoza, Valdespartera-Montecanal with common garden area, pool and paddle...
The simplicity in the implementation of techniques and local constructive solutions has been sought to achieve the passivhaus standard without compromising the economic profitability of the promotion. With this aim, high levels of...
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Energy performance contracts more versatile and profitable than expected

Energy performance contracts more versatile and profitable than expected   One way to make buildings more sustainable is implementing Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs). European research from the H2020 guarantEE project shows that EPCs...
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Selection of (Green) Roof Systems: A Sustainability-Based Multi-Criteria Analysis

A wide diffusion of green envelopes in cities can be an opportunity to improve urban environment conditions and reduce negative effects of climate change.   The green roof system is a widespread solution adopted all over the world due to...
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Statement of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) - Designing for a Circular Economy

An ambitious implementation of circular economy principles in the building and construction sectors requirestheinvolvement and collaboration of all stakeholders, from the construction materials and building components manufacturers to...
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Torrelago district case from H2020 STUNNING project

Among the STUNNING case studies, we find the Torrelago district, which is an apartment block built between 1977-1981.   Torrelago district involves 31 private multi-property residential buildings (1488 dwellings) that were constructed in...
The project STUNNING aims at building up a stakeholder community around a Renovation Hub designed as a knowledge sharing platform, providing information on innovative solutions for building renovation and novel business models for their...
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OVERVIEW | #EUSEW2019 - Shaping Europe’s Energy Future

Since 2006, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) has organised its annual flagship event: the EU Sustainable Energy Week.   EUSEW is the biggest...
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Ensuring successful replicability in EE renovation business schemes

This document is one of the report of the H2020 project STUNNING “SusTainable bUsiNess models for the deep reNovation of buIldiNGs”, running from October 2017 to September 2019   The deliverable will focus on providing solutions that...
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Multifunctional renewable energy

European researchers are developing a device that stores and uses solar energy to provide both hot water and mechanical ventilation for multifamily houses. Moreover, an app linked to the machine monitors the users’ energy consumption  ...
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Development and Implementation of a BIM – enhanced Qualification Framework

Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) construction and renovation need an enhanced systematic approach for quality control of the entire process. The most important part of the BIMplement enhanced quality control approach is a fully qualified...
by Pepa Esparza Arbona, IVE - Valencia Institute of Building
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Occupant-centric Building Design and Operation EBC ANNEX 79 - factsheet

As building envelopes and mechanical and electrical equipment become more efficient, the impact of occupants on building energy increases.   Meanwhile, trends in teleworking, co-working and home-sharing mean vastly different occupancy than...
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Evaluation of natural-based internal insulation systems in historic buildings through a holistic approach

Historic buildings are defining elements of city centres but also responsible for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce their energy demand, it is important to improve envelopes’ thermal transmittance without...
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How energy audits promote SMEs’ energy efficiency investment

This publication presents EIB Investment Survey data about energy audits and energy-efficiency investments of some 12,500 signatures from EU28 Member States per year.   It suggests that:   - Energy audits are a useful tool for overcoming...
This paper assesses the impact of energy audits on the implementation of energy efficiency investments by SMEs, interactions with financial constraints, and how energy audits can be promoted. Energy audits play an important role in...
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METIS Studies: Cost-efficient district heating development

METIS is a mathematical model providing analysis of the European energy system.   It simulates the operation of energy systems and markets on an hourly basis over a year, while factoring in uncertainties like weather variations. In order...
In 2012, district heating covered 9% of the EU’s heat demand. Nearly 70% of all energy used for district heat generation were gas and coal.   However, district heating allows to decarbonise heat generation via the integration of...
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Clean energy for all Europeans

Based on Commission proposals published in November 2016, the Clean energy for all Europeans package consists of eight legislative acts. After political agreement by the Council and the European Parliament in 2018 and early 2019, these...
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Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum

Financing energy efficiency in the public sector took a big step with the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum. This forum gathered more than 550 representatives from local authorities, industry and financial institutions to discuss the key...
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The ENVISION H2020 Project: harvesting energy from all building skins without it being visible

ENVISION has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 767180.   Started on 1st October 2017, the project’s ambition is to use of the full external building surface...