Many Europeans have not yet recognized to a full extent the importance of energy efficiency. However, together with renewable energy, energy efficiency addresses three key policy topics at once: climate protection, energy security and technology leadership opportunities for European industry.
Post date: 1 Mag 2013
Post date: 24 Apr 2013
Despite the fact that some key requirements of the EPBD were included in the national laws in all countries, the main responsible bodies defined and key standards approved, the situation in the Energy Community is still characterised by an incomplete legal/institutional framework. The transposition is ongoing through secondary legislation (new or update of regulation that was in some cases based on the old EPBD).
Post date: 25 Mar 2013
Post date: 25 Feb 2013
Overview of Results
Post date: 13 Feb 2013
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
‘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
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
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
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