Topic of the Month

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What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of May our topic is 'SKILLS and training for NZEB building sector'​​.


Which content is related to the topic?

  • Demand and market recognition
  • New skills for the construction sector
  • Digital construction skills
  • Open training platform
  • New training programmes on deep energy retrofitting


Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:



Overview Articles


theodore.jpgCurrent status of energy performance certification in Europe.The European Union has established clear legislative frameworks to reduce energy demand from buildings. The directives on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD, 2018/844/EU) and on Energy Efficiency (EED, 2018/2002/EU) are being implemented by the EU Member States to this end.




Web training to deliver COPILOT Certified HVAC Diagnostics. Certified HVAC Diagnostics diagnoses how HVAC systems function during normal operation by analysing performance data exported from Building Management and Automation Systems (BMS/BACS).





Biophilic Design Map. The Biophilic Map is a databank for case studies which have implemented Biophilic Design at the core of their design process. Biophilic Design is known for its effects of indoor environmental quality and therefore on building users wellbeing. The map recognizes exemplary projects in articulating and applying Biophilic Design principles to the built environment.



Webinar on the STUNNING project: conclusions and important results for promoting energy-efficient building renovation. The goal of the EU’s H2020 STUNNING project is to promote successful and innovative building-renovation packages and business models around a virtual and collaborative knowledge-sharing platform. The STUNNING Renovation Hub aims to accelerate their adoption.





original.jpgNew rules for external power supplies will enable household energy savings. A new EU Regulation on external power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances more energy efficient - from laptops to electric toothbrushes – enters into force as of 1 April 2020 within the context of EU ecodesign measures.


theodore.jpgIn focus: Renewable energy in Europe. Renewable energy will play a fundamental role in achieving the EU’s energy and climate objectives. Not only is it abundantly available within the EU, but it is also cost-competitive with fossil fuels.



theodore.jpgCall for papers - International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings SEB-20. SEB-20 invites participation and paper submissions across a broad range of sustainability and energy-related topics relevant to the main theme of Sustainability in Energy and Buildings.





resalta.jpgThe inside story: Health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people The indoor air quality changes according to the building, the occupants, and the type of activities taking place inside. The main way people are exposed is by inhaling pollutants, but they can also be ingested or absorbed through the skin.





resalta.jpgBloomberg – London UK Located between the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters occupies 3.2 acres and will provide approximately 1.1 million square feet of sustainable office space. Clad in traditional stone and bronze, the building is sympathetic to its context and will improve the surrounding public realm.




theodore.jpgQualDeEPC project. The Horizon2020 funded project QualDeEPC aims to enhance (1) the quality and cross-EU convergence of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) schemes, and (2) the link between EPCs and deep renovation. QualDeEPC will work on EU-wide convergence of the building assessment and the issuance, design, and use of quality-enhanced EPCs as well as their recommendations for building renovation. 


theodore.jpgX-tendo project. X-tendo will support public authorities to transition to next-generation energy performance certification (EPC) schemes, including improved compliance, reliability, usability and convergence. The key output of the project will be the X-tendo toolbox, a freely available online knowledge hub that will be continued also beyond the project duration.


Get ready for June's Topic of the Month 'New buildings as front runners for nZEB and plusEnergy building (partner of energy system)' and prepare your next publications.


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