There is enough waste energy produced in the EU to heat the EU’s entire building stock.
Waste heat recovery from energy-intensive industry and cogeneration is slowly picking up in the EU. But did you know that even the excess heat produced in a metro system could heat houses? And did you know that supermarkets, data centres and sewage systems also produce excess heat that can be used?
Post date: 9 Jan 2018
Due to its reliance on renewable energy sources, district heating is becoming a preferred energy saving solution. One of the biggest challenges, however, is convincing homeowners of the long-term value of retrofitting buildings to accommodate the smart solution
Post date: 17 Dec 2017
CITyFiED Methodology is an integrated approach divided into seven phases, ranging from initial citywide diagnosis to final evaluation of the renovation. It includes an indicators tool and guidelines to support decision-making process.
Post date: 5 Dec 2017
Reducing CO2 emissions is not only about adapting new technologies, but ensuring that these technologies are also being accepted by the public.
Only when they are accepted, or better even embraced by the people, they can be implemented swiftly without any major delays. In the past, retrofitting projects have sometimes created a strong opposition as inhabitants were never asked if they were in favour of any building improvements. Worse, they were just presented with a bill for the renovation costs.
Post date: 31 Oct 2017
On 24 October, the 2017 Global District Energy Climate Awards were revealed during the International District Cooling and Heating Conference in Qatar. The finalists were selected from cities and communities across the globe which demonstrate local district energy leadership in providing clean and sustainable energy solutions.
Post date: 26 Oct 2017
What about GMOs in our homes?
Adopting biobased materials in home building can slash construction costs, but is Europe ready to put aside its fears about GM products?
One of the main contributors of CO2 emissions are the homes we live in. In the EU, buildings are responsible for 36% of CO2emissions and 40% of energy consumption.
Post date: 9 Oct 2017
REMOURBAN and Lighthouse cities at the “100% Climate Neutrality Conference” in Sønderborg
The Climate Conference in Sønderborg (Denmark) is a biannual appointment for representative from municipalities, industry and academia to enter a dialogue about the best solutions to reach their climate goals at city, regional and national levels.
Post date: 6 Oct 2017
This report released by Copenhagen Economics and commissioned by the Swedish Energy Agency and the National Board of Housing, Building and Planning, aims to assess and quantify to what extent there are likely multiple benefits from energy related renovations of the Swedish building stock. Multiple benefits accrue in addition to the direct savings in energy bills and may entail health effects from better outdoor air quality and indoor environment.
The report finds that:
Post date: 5 Oct 2017
One Click LCA is the highest rated Life-Cycle Assessment software for BREEAM, with a 100% Mat 01 rating, which means our users can achieve maximal LCA credits easily. We also provide modules for Life-Cycle Costing, Infrastructure, and Ecodesign, and we are compliant with more than 20 certification schemes, including LEED, BREEAM, DGNB, Energie Carbone, HQE, and many more.
Post date: 29 Sep 2017
By Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team) and François Rémi Carrie (ICEE)
Insufficient compliance in the issuing of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and poor quality building works erode trust in the EPC and jeopardise the achievement of energy efficiency targets. These were among the findings of the QUALICHeCK project, funded under the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme.
Post date: 6 Sep 2017