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This book discusses six environmental and three purely energy based certification systems along with four briefly discussed certification systems:• the British BREEAM Assessment Method• the US LEED Rating System• the German DGNB Certification System• the Australian Green Star Rating System• the Swedish Miljöbyggnad system• and the French HQE system• the European Green Building Programme• the Swiss Minergie Building Standard• and the German Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard• the Japanese CASBEE assessment system
Post date: 31 Gen 2013
Type: Publication

‘In 2011, for the first time, European investments in renewable energies were higher than for conventional fuels. Europe already produces over 3.8 GW from wind power alone!’ said Oettinger, adding that there would be ‘no sustainable economic growth without sustainable energy’. The Commissioner promised ‘more jobs in renewable energy, on top of the million we have already created’.
Post date: 30 Gen 2013
Type: News

Of particular relevance to BUILD UP:
Post date: 30 Gen 2013
Type: Publication

In the short term, many of the reductions in emissions will come from improved energy efficiency, but there are new incentives and co-ordination which is also proposed in the report. The report also mentions how Nordic countries will need to build on current policies.Of particular relevance to BUILD UP is chapter 6 of the report titled ¨Buildings¨.
Post date: 30 Gen 2013
Type: News

A number of common Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) models - shared savings and variable contract terms - are explained and a number of short case studies are outlined. It also illustrates the EPC procurement stages and identifies contractual considerations that are of particular relevance to public sector organisations.
Post date: 28 Gen 2013
Type: Publication

This Guide provides information on the structuring of EPCs for public buildings and refers to additional sources of good practice. Furthermore, the Guide is designed to help readers address the challenges of reducing the energy consumption and GHG emissions of public buildings while transferring project risks to the private sector. This includes Design, Build and Finance (“DBF”), and in some cases, Operation and Maintenance (“O&M”).
Post date: 28 Gen 2013
Type: Publication

One might ask why certify at all? The reasons vary from stronger branding with an environmental profile and ensuring a good indoor environment, to energy efficiency and “guaranteed” building quality leading to more tenants and higher occupancy rates which ultimately can give increased financial value of a building. All this leads to an important message which is to understand the certification systems and to be able to compare them on a good level.
Post date: 26 Gen 2013
Type: News

Could you tell us about EPEC’s work, especially how it relates to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy?EPEC was established in September 2008 as a unique cooperative initiative of the EIB, the European Commission and EU Candidate Countries and Member States. We have an international team of 18 professionals working on a range of PPP issues alongside Member States.
Post date: 26 Gen 2013
Type: News

Mentioning a '20% increase in energy efficiency' as one of the main priorities set out in the Europe 2020 strategy for 'smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,' Hahn spoke firmly about the important role of cities in acheiving these ends: 'There has been much talk in Brussels in the past couple of years about these objectives and how to achieve them,' said Hahn. 'I can tell you one thing very clearly: we will never achieve them without Europe's cities.
Post date: 15 Gen 2013
Type: News