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The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in Netherlands

By the end of 2017 NEN decided to update the existing national Energy Performance standards in The Netherlands. The planning was to finalise this work within roughly one year. This short time frame was based on the requirement in the EPBD...

The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in Italy

Energy performance calculation has been required well before requirements by the EPB directive, like in several other European countries. Regulation 10/91 of 1991 and its application decree DPR 412/93 of 1993 first asked for an energy...

The use of EPB standards in EPBD implementation in France

French experts involved in the French building regulation and national EPBD implementation contribute also to the EPB standards development at European level. Therefore, the French building regulation and transposition of the EPBD and the...

Energy efficiency in buildings

Setis magazing No.21 – October 2019
Europeans spend approximately 90 % of their time in buildings. Living indoors requires energy to maintain the right temperature, to cook and to use electrical appliances. In fact, energy is expected to guarantee a healthy and comfortable...

Survey and solutions for potential cost reduction in the design and construction process of nearly zero energy multi-family houses

The CoNZEBs project formed the main part of a session at the IAQVEC conference in Bari in September 2019. CoNZEBs project partner held in total 6 presentations including a project overview, different project results and one of the national...

Cost-efficient Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (NZEBs)

The CoNZEBs project formed the main part of a session at the IAQVEC conference in Bari in September 2019. CoNZEBs project partner held in total 6 presentations including a project overview, different project results and one of the national...

CoNZEBs report: Life-cycle assessment of multi-family houses with different energy performance levels

The team of the EU Horizon 2020 project CoNZEBs has completed a follow-up activity to the identification of potential technical solution sets that could reduce investment costs for NZEBs. The scientific partners have carried out life-cycle...

Europeans’ attitudes on EU enegy policy

Survey requested by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy and co-ordinated by the Directorate-General for Communication.
One of the main priorities of Jean-Claude Juncker when he became President of the European Commission was to establish an Energy Union which ensures the clean, secure and affordable supply of energy to all Europeans.   In the course of its...

The effect of climate change on retrofitted historic buildings: thermal mass, natural ventilation and overheating risk

Historic buildings account for more than one quarter of Europe’s existing building stock and are going to be crucial in the achievement of future energy targets. Nevertheless, some alteration in the climate is already certain. For instance...

Assessment and diagnosis of district heating networks. Experiences from different European demonstration cases

The overall objective of the Upgrade DH project is to improve the performance of district heating (DH) networks in Europe by supporting selected demonstration cases for upgrading, which can be replicated in Europe.   The Upgrade DH project...

Transforming a residential building cluster into electricity prosumers in Sweden: Optimal design of a coupled PV-heat pump-thermal storage-electric vehicle system

Smart grid is triggering the transformation of traditional electricity consumers into electricity prosumers. This paper reports a case study of transforming an existing residential cluster in Sweden into electricity prosumers.   The main...

An Integrated Energy and Environmental Audit Process for Historic Buildings

The valorization and sustainable management of historic centers is a topic relevant to the cultural identity and heritage of European cities. A rational strategy to preserve the centers must consider both energy and environmental...

Net Zero Technical Report

This technical report accompanies the 'Net Zero' advice report which is the Committee's recommendation to the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on the date for a net-zero emissions target in the UK and revised long-term targets in...

Research Brief: Multiple benefits as a driver of energy-efficient building renovation

An increased energy performance of buildings not only reduces energy costs and CO2 emissions, but creates jobs, increases the comfort and health of its occupants and brings environmental benefits in terms of improved air quality. Valuing...

Living labs in zero emission neighbourhoods: Definition, ideas, and examples

Living labs are user centred initiatives where knowledge production involves individuals or user groups affected by sustainable transitions. The FME Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN) has chosen living...

Special Eurobarometer 490 – Climate change

Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing our world today. Its effects are being felt on all continents and are predicted to become more intense in the coming decades. These changes have the power to transform our world,...

Advancing energy efficiency on the global agenda. Activity report 2009-2019

Energy efficiency – the concept of using less energy while keeping people and economies active and growing – came to the fore in the 1970s in response to the oil crises experienced by Western industrialised countries. However, the upfront...

Commission report: Evaluation of the Energy Taxation Directive

EU rules on energy taxation no longer deliver the same positive contribution as when they first came into force in 2003, according to a new report published by Commission services on 12 September 2019.   While the evaluation of the Energy...

Regenerative design in digital practice. A handbook for the built environment

Book developed as the result of the work done in the Work Group 2 of RESTORE CA16114 COST Project.
Architectural design can no longer be only concerned with developing artefacts that produce reduced environmental impacts within a certain threshold of emissions. Conversely, buildings today must be developed to reverse the effects of...

ExcEED Guidelines: Discover all the findings and technical solutions developed by the Horizon 2020 project

The purpose of the H2020 ExcEED project builds on the statement that there is a lack of structured and comprehensive set of building data, which can be used to elaborate useful information and knowledge for market players and policy makers...