Practices

AIVC March 2019 Newsletter

This issue of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre’s (AIVC) newsletter provides an overview of the centre’s latest achievements and initiatives i.e. information on past and future events, new publications, feedback on on-going AIVC...

Innovating financing schemes: 5 handbooks to help cities improve energy performance

To complement their peer-learning initiative, the PROSPECT programme has released 5 thematic handbooks (tackling Public buildings, Private buildings, Transport, Public lightning and Cross-sectoral initiatives) aimed at referencing and...

Existing nZEB business models

This report summarizes activities and results of Workpackge 5, nZEB Business Models of the Horizon2020 CRAVEzero project.   The overall aim of this work package is to screen the European markets for interesting already existing business...

New stakeholder recommendations on fulfilling the EU’s annual energy savings requirement

A new publication by the Coalition for Energy Savings provides recommendations for Member States planning for fulfilling their annual energy savings obligations post 2020. The minimum amount of energy savings set out by Article 7 of the...
By the end of 2019, Member States are required to notify their policies and measures and explain how they add up to meeting the energy savings requirement set out by Article 7, as part of their integrated national energy and climate plans...

Parametric models for buildings and building clusters: Building features and boundaries

Already today buildings can be realised in the nearly zero and plus energy standard. These buildings achieve extremely low energy demands and low CO2 emissions and can be operated economically. For this reason, the motivation in the...

Guideline I - Nearly-zero Energy Buildings Processes

Cost optimal and nearly zero energy performance levels are principles initiated by the European Union’s (EU) Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which was recast in 2010 and amended 2018. These will be major drivers in the...

Energy and Resource Efficiency without the tears

This book draws on the author’s experience over almost three decades in hundreds of energy and resource-efficiency programmes for large multinationals, public institutions and small organizations around the world, illustrating why some...

Identification of EU funding sources for the regional heating and cooling sector

This report provides an overview of relevant EU funding sources for projects aimed at improving energy efficiency and deploying renewable energy in the heating and cooling sector, and to support innovation and job creation...

Energy benchmarking in educational buildings through cluster analysis of energy retrofitting

A large part of the stock of Italian educational buildings have undertaken energy retrofit interventions, thanks to European funds allocated by complex technical-administrative calls. In these projects, the suggested retrofit...

The Alps 2050 Atlas: common spatial perspectives for the Alpine area: towards a common vision

This atlas is part of the ESPON project Alps 2050 that develops spatial visions and perspectives for the Alpine region towards the year 2050. The spatial perimeter goes beyond the Alps in the morphological sense (which is mostly congruent...

Progress report published on Level(s) framework

Sustainable building practice in Europe has to a large extent been led by green building certification schemes to date. These certifications cover hundreds of millions of m2 of building space and have achieved a high degree of market...

A workflow for retrofitting façade systems for daylight, comfortable and energy efficient buildings

Bruno Bueno and Fatma Özceylan 2019 IOP Conf. Ser.: Earth Environ. Sci. 225 012034
The building façade not only provides the aesthetic signature of a building, but also important functions, such as daylight provision, glare protection, solar gain management and visual contact with the outside, which make the building...

European Energy Poverty Index (EEP I)

The European Energy Poverty Index (EEPI) is a composite indicator which scores and ranks Member States’ progress in alleviating domestic and transport energy poverty as well as their nexus. The EEPI is composed of two sub-indexes, the...
Tracking progress in the delivery on the right to energy services for all is crucial for making Europe’s energy transition a just transition. The European Energy Poverty Index (EEPI) allows, for the first time, assessing...

The Architectural Profession in Europe - A Sector Study

The Sector Study is a biennial survey commissioned by the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) that collects and analyses statistical, sociological and economic data on European architects, the architectural market and architectural...

The Procura+ Manual: a Guide to Implementing Sustainable Procurement

In the nine years since the last edition of the Procura+ Manual was published, much has changed. Sustainable procurement has continued to develop and spread amongst public authorities both in Europe and the rest of the world, so that it...

Combined seismic and energy upgrading of existing buildings using advanced materials

Case studies on Reinforced Concrete Buildings in South Europe.
Of the current EU building stock, 80% was built before the 90's, while 40% are pre-60's and a considerable amount being even older and classified as cultural patrimony, thus requiring preservation techniques if we want to maintain this...

Financing the renovation of the Cypriot building stock

Despite various government policies promoting energy efficiency in buildings over the last 15 years, Cyprus is still associated with a large untapped energy efficiency potential in this sector. The impact of different policy scenarios on...

Analysis of the annual reports 2018 under the Energy Efficiency Directive

This report discusses the progress towards the 2020 Energy Efficiency targets and towards the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED), providing an overview of the main energy trends in the...
  The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (the EED or the Directive), adopted in 2012, forms a key part of the EU's overall climate and energy legislative package, laying down the foundation for actions to be taken in order to help...

Design of a ventilation system coupled with a Horizontal Air-Ground Heat Exchanger

Energy consumption in new buildings can be reduced at the design stage.   This study optimizes the ventilation system design of a new residential building located in a warm climate (Southern Italy). Different system options of horizontal...

Integration of LCA tools in BIM toward a regenerative design

In the case of regenerative processes, design can receive significant benefits from information that can be obtained by applying the life cycle assessment methodology. The LCA (life cycle assessment) approach can be implemented both for a...