“Smart urbanization” is key to building safer, healthier, resilient and sustainable cities of tomorrow. Constructing cities sustainably by utilizing smart growth principles, effective urban planning models, ICTs and low carbon energy systems, can help create more habitable and efficient urban centres. It could also help alleviate pressure on existing natural habitats, resources and biodiversity, thereby reducing the risk of man-made disasters.
Post date: 15 Jul 2016
Green buildings can both protect the environment and benefit the people using them. But to do so, users should be involved in the planning right from the very beginning
Efforts to make buildings environmentally sustainable often focus on the technical side, such as energy efficiency.
But there is more to sustainability than just energy efficiency.
Post date: 12 Feb 2016
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Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe is developing a suite of building energy renovation roadmaps - Energy Performance Protocols - that aim to reduce transaction costs by assembling existing standards and practices into a consistent and transparent process. These tools then enable a marketplace for building owners, project developers, utilities, public programmes and investors to trade in standardised energy efficiency projects.
Post date: 27 Oct 2015
An Energy retrofit of a 50 year old office building of FrymaKoruma in Rheinfelden, Switzerland with the aim of improving the heating and energy efficiency.The heating energy consumption of the 4,200 m³ large office building could be reduced from 333,000 kWh/a to calculated 200,000 kWh/a by the façade and window refurbishment.
Post date: 15 Oct 2015
Take part in the ongoing call for contributions to unlock the potential of energy efficiency in buildings as a global asset. Open until 2 October 2015. Note that the most recent ICP Europe Technical Forum web meeting took place on Thursday 24th September.
Post date: 23 Sep 2015
Under the European Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU, EU countries should set up an energy efficiency obligation scheme. This scheme requires energy companies to achieve yearly energy savings of 1.5% of annual sales to final consumers.In order to reach this target, companies have to carry out measures which help final consumers improve energy efficiency. This may include improving the heating system in consumers' homes, installing double glazed windows, or better insulating roofs to reduce energy consumption.
Post date: 13 Aug 2015
The Swiss emissions trading scheme (ETS) makes it possible to reduce emissions where it costs the least to do so. This market instrument enables the cost-effective achievement of climate-protection targets. Large, greenhouse gas-intensive companies are required to participate in emissions trading, while medium-sized companies may voluntarily participate in the emissions trading scheme. The companies that are included in the emissions trading scheme (ETS) are exempted from the CO2 levy.
Post date: 26 Jun 2015
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