Practices

Highlighted Practices

Biological Sciences Laboratory - University of Minnesota

The retrocommissioning of the University of Minnesota’s Biological Sciences laboratory is an outstanding example of a modest efficiency investment that delivered strong financial performance.Constructed in 1969, Biological Sciences is a dual-purpose...

Multifamily Housing at Continental Plaza, Chicago

Continental Plaza’s affordable housing apartment building provides 164 one-bedroom apartments for seniors. Using the Affordable Community Energy, Inc.’s energy service company model, the building owner has been able to dramatically reduce the...

CheckMate’s multifamily building in Chicago

CheckMate Realty and Development, Inc. (CheckMate), a Chicago property owner dedicated to providing high-quality affordable housing, worked with Elevate Energy and Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to retrofit a 31-unit multifamily building...

SOLCER House: Wale´s first low-cost positive energy house

Experts from the Welsh School of Architecture (Cardiff University) have designed and built Wales’ first low-cost energy positive house. The "Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region" (SOLCER) House is capable of exporting more energy to the...

Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP) technology simplifies the energy refurbishment of an office building built in the 1960s

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...

L'Office 64 de l‘Habitat

The housing association, l'office 64 de l' habitat has built new company headquarters in Bayonne in southern France. The fact that the building is an ecological example is proudly present for visitors to see. The low entrance building in front of...

H2 Office in Duisburg: aluminium clad building goes for the Gold DGNB (German Sustainable Building Council) certification

The H2 Office lies like a moored sports catamaran in Duisburg Inner Harbor. The building's bond with nature is just as cutting-edge because the lustrous ventilated cladding made with aluminium composite material as well as the aluminium windows that...

Building a new organic supermarket: Luxembourg

Main entrance of the supermarketA new type of shop has been developed on an organic farm which aims to increase customer satisfaction by offering a comprehensive range of sustainable products in a healthy and sustainable building....

Refuge du Goûter: Highly energy efficient autonomous mountain hut

  The new innovative and eco-designed Refuge du Goûter is located at 3,835 meters altitude. The building is 1000 m below the summit of Mont-Blanc and is on one of the most frequented mountain climbing routes in the area. It is one of the highest...

OVERVIEW | Exemplary role of public buildings under the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

Obligations under Article 5 of the EED   Article 5 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED, Directive 2012/27/EU) complements the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, Directive 2010/31/EU) with respect to the renovation...

OVERVIEW | Data tools supporting improved energy performance of buildings: Evolution and perspectives. Part 2 – Integrated Hardware and Software

The evolution of data tools that support improved energy performance of buildings follows the broader development of data management and processing, a field which has expanded rapidly in recent years. This article reviews the various types of...

Neobuild Innovation Centre: Living Lab of construction technology solutions

The Neobuild Innovation Centre (NIC) is a ground-breaking, showcase building. This building incorporates a number of innovative processes and materials in its construction. In addition, it is a Living Lab where a variety of different materials,...

Passive House Che

  The architectural concept was to design a simple sustainable house having two storeys and integrating this house into a special location: a mature forest in the heart of Suceava.   The building has been developed discreetly around an inner...

Vacuum insulation panel (VIP) technology helps turn ‘70s secondary school into state of the art passive house

To renovate the secondary school of Freilassing in Bavaria following the passive house requirements, the architects decided to use Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs) to save as much space as possible.The ultra-thin and high performing VIPs allowed the...

OVERVIEW | Selected international Examples of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings

Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD) indicates that EU Member States must ensure that by 2021 all new buildings, and already by 2019 all new public buildings, are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs). Article 2 of the EPBD defines the term NZEB as a building...

OVERVIEW | Energy Efficiency in Public, Cooperative and Social Housing within the context of the Energy Union

Housing and the EU Energy Union   The Energy Union is a strategy proposed by the European Commission and endorsed by Member States which aims to make energy policies more coherent in the EU, while contributing to the fight...

PlusEnergy building renovation with prefabricated thermal façade elements: Kapfenberg

 Project summaryThe case study of this PlusEnergy renovated building has been proposed as a practical and innovative approach to use as a potential solution for retrofitting the huge quantity of existing post-war residential...

Vallda Heberg: a Swedish certified passive house residential area

Vallda Heberg is a residential area in Sweden where all of the buildings are designed, built and certified according to the Swedish passive house standard. The national standard includes specific construction elements in the building design, such as...

University Research Centre, Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria

 The renovation of the University Research Centre at the Technical University of Sofia was performed with the objective of improving the university infrastructure and the building energy performance by no less than 45% when compared to the current...

Messequartier Graz, Austria

 This housing complex was built to meet the passive house standard. The main focus was to offer a variety of common spaces (like service areas, a nursery, and student and senior housing) in a central location and to have a lot of open spaces. The...