Legislation, regulations, standards

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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. As such, it can help make our energy systems more affordable and reduce the EU’s dependency on imported fossil fuels. It also has the potential to provide a range of new jobs, create new industrial opportunities and contribute to economic growth.     Renewable energy progress over time  
Post date: 1 Apr 2020
Type: News

This study, commissioned and supervised by the European Commission’s (EC) Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER), provides technical support to investigate the feasibility of introducing optional building renovation passports (BRPs) in the EU.  In particular, pursuant to Article 19a of the EPBD, this study evaluates the relevance, feasibility and potential impact of BRPs. This work is carried out in close consultation with stakeholders and in collaboration with leading experts, including IFEU and the Shift Project.
Post date: 1 Apr 2020
Type: Publication

As part of the European Green Deal, the Commission will put forward a comprehensive plan to increase the EU’s 2030 climate target in September this year. The plan will propose to increase the EU’s current 2030 target of at least -40% greenhouse gas emission reductions to at least -50% and towards -55%, compared to 1990 emission levels.  
Post date: 1 Apr 2020
Type: News

The Passive House standard, as promoted by the Passive House Institute (PHI) achieves highly energy efficient buildings whose demand for heating and cooling energy can be reduced by as much as 90% compared to conventional builds. This is achieved using an envelope-first approach and considers the five principles of Passive House: airtightness, high-quality windows, climate-applicable insulation, avoidance of thermal bridges and sufficient ventilation.
Post date: 30 Mar 2020
Type: News

Enefirst is an H2020-funded project that seeks to provide the EU with a common vision of the principle of E1st and a holistic pathway to achieving it, embedded across our energy system models, impact assessments, funding and infrastructure decisions, and into all energy and climate policies.  
Post date: 30 Mar 2020
Type: News

The Enefirst consortium has launched its first publication, which defines the principle of Efficiency First (E1st) in a way to make it operational. The 2.5-year project, funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation, seeks to provide decision makers in Europe with concrete policy recommendations based on quantitative analysis and best practice mapping.
Post date: 30 Mar 2020
Type: News

Our living environments have a tremendous impact on our health and wellbeing. Ensuring their suitability and adaptability to people’s needs and preferences – including when these needs and preferences evolve over time – is one of the most effective approaches to respond to challenges brought to us by Europe’s ageing demographics. However, a huge share of the building stock is not adapted to permit older persons to age in place. Even today’s new constructions are often not prepared to support health and wellbeing over the life course.  
Post date: 27 Mar 2020
Type: News

Due to the current situation, please check the latest status of the event at the organisers’ webpage.
Post date: 24 Mar 2020
Type: Evento

Every month, Build Up works to offer informative webinars on cutting-edge topics to bring international experts closer to the public. In line with the Topic of the month, we look for current, relevant and innovative topics for users always related to efficient energy in buildings.   Next BUILD UP webinars are:  
Post date: 23 Mar 2020
Type: News

This report aims to provide an insight in the results achieved by projects supporting the uptake of public procurement of energy-efficient works, supplies and services, under the Intelligent Energy Europe II programme and the Horizon 2020 programme.  This report is of interest to the European Commission's services, the direct beneficiaries of these projects, and stakeholders involved in energy-efficient public procurement such as the public authorities, public procurers, and suppliers, among many others.  
Post date: 23 Mar 2020
Type: Publication