Residential buildings

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Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) is a form of ‘creative financing’ for capital improvement which allows funding energy upgrades from cost reductions.   Do you know that despite the large economic energy saving potential in the EU, nowadays very few ESCOs apply EPC to the residential market due to some main barriers (such as high transaction costs and high fragmentation of market) which make a large-scale application of the ESCO EPC model for residential buildings particularly difficult?
Post date: 13 jan 2021
Type: Actualité

To predict the profitability of an investment, financial calculation methods are used. Since the traditional approach, based on pay-back time, is inefficient, the project propose tools (in web and Excel versions) that enables one to employ several methods, either independently or in combination.   In particular, Net Present Value and Internal Rate of Return prove efficient and helpful for building managers, energy auditors, and other investors.  
Post date: 13 jan 2021
Type: Tool

Concept:   Today, multi-disciplinary teams from all over the world have to collaborate in order to bring a physical product from idea to market. A professional design tool enabling them to work collaboratively in real-time, directly in 3D would ease this process.   But building a design platform for manipulating and rendering large 3D data in real time for such a wide range of users is an enormous technological challenge.  
Post date: 8 jan 2021
Type: Lien

Before the refurbishment started, the local authority had around 1,500 bedsits right across the city. Known as zero-bed units, they were small – usually no more than 26 square metres – and as they aged, they became progressively less attractive to tenants.   Moreover, the more unattractive the location, the more ‘de-tenanted’ they became. So began a vicious cycle of vacancy, dilapidation and social deterioration.  
Post date: 8 jan 2021
Type: Cas

The fifth edition of this annual report provides a snapshot of the progress of the buildings and construction sector globally towards the achievement of the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; particularly on the drivers of CO2 emissions and energy demand globally and the status of policies, finance, technologies, and solutions that support a zero-emission, efficient, and resilient buildings and construction sector.  
Post date: 3 jan 2021
Type: Publication

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
Type: Cas

Surface area is an important but limited resource in cities that aim to become climate neutral. It can be used to, for example, generate heat or electricity via active solar systems, improve air quality via greening, or provide cooling thanks to highly reflective and emissive materials.   Scientists at Italian institute Eurac have now developed a multi-factor approach to study the synergies and conflicts that arise from using ground, facade and roof space in urban communities.
Post date: 2 jan 2021
Type: Actualité

CO2 emissions increased to 9.95 GtCO2 in 2019. The sector accounts for 38% of all energy-related CO2 emissions when adding building construction industry emissions. Direct building CO2 emissions need to halve by 2030 to get on track for net zero carbon building stock by 2050. Governments must prioritize low-carbon buildings in pandemic stimulus packages and updated climate pledges.
Post date: 2 jan 2021
Type: Actualité

The Institute of Zero Energy Buildings published an enlightening report about energy poverty.   This report analyses energy poverty, unravels its strong link with energy transition and provides recommendations to tackle this issue.   In this report, you will find :   
Post date: 2 jan 2021
Type: Publication

The 3rd newsletter of EEnvest project is out!   The contents included in the issue are the following:
Post date: 2 jan 2021
Type: Actualité