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InBetween Smart Energy Manager

Competition as a driver to promote energy-efficient behaviours   InBetween has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 768776 to develop a cloud based platform...

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....

OVERVIEW | SMARTER Finance for Families project

The SMARTER Finance for Families H2020 project intends to replicate the success of the Green Homes/ Green Mortgages (GH/GM) programme initiated by the Romanian Green Building Council (RoGBC). By the beginning of 2019, the Romanian program...

BIM4EEB closes the first year up to speed with the development of the BIM toolkit.

BIM4EEB is a European funded project that aims to develop a BIM-based toolkit for energy-efficient building renovation. The project has just completed the first year of activities in full steam. Along the year, project partners have run...

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 recognised...

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...

BIMcert: Answers to the European audience

What makes you think BIM is the way forward for the construction sector to meet carbon emission targets? According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) the global buildings sector is now responsible for 36% of global final energy...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Energy efficiency, traditional buildings and training? - H2020 project PRO-Heritage

In June 2017, Burghauptmannschaft Oesterreich had submitted a project proposal for Horizon 2020, which landed on the waiting list with more than 90% points achieved. Hardly anyone remembered it at the end of 2018...   And then suddenly,...

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...

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%...

BIMplement project: greater energy efficiency using a ‘BIM airtightness model’

Topic of the month 'Digitalisation of the Building and Construction sector'​​. Improve building energy efficiency is one of the main issues of the BIMplement project. To that end, BIM (Building information modelling) is used as an on-site...

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...

Introducing DigiPLACE, the Digital Platform framework for Construction in Europe

On 3rd and 4th September the first official meeting of DigiPLACE took place in Brussels. DigiPLACE is an EU-funded project with a budget of €1 million aiming at creating a roadmap for a Digital Platform for Construction in Europe.   The...

Scaling up the Private Financing for Energy Efficiency – a huge necessity for upgrade of the current approaches

With the ending of EUSEW came along a number of benefits. Exchange of experience, reconciliation of opinions of the different stakeholders, announcement of innovations and other news, discussions on how to improve the attained results 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 (depending...

Overview | Achieve Better Buildings! Passive House Conference Heidelberg - May 2019

The Passive House standard was defined and put into practice for the first time in Darmstadt in 1991 almost three decades ago. Next October 2019, the 23rd International Passive House Conference will take place for the first time outside...