Topic of the Month

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What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of April our topic is 'Energy efficiency and integration of renewable energy sources in buildings'​​.


Which content is related to the topic?

  • Modelling and optimisation
  • Smart Buildings and Smart Grids
  • ST integration and optimisation
  • PV integration and optimisation
  • Flexibility
  • Cost-effective solutions and co-benefits for new nZEBs as partners of energy system


Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:



Overview Articles


theodore.jpgCurrent status of energy performance certification in Europe.The European Union has established clear legislative frameworks to reduce energy demand from buildings. The directives on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPBD, 2018/844/EU) and on Energy Efficiency (EED, 2018/2002/EU) are being implemented by the EU Member States to this end.




Web training to deliver COPILOT Certified HVAC Diagnostics. Certified HVAC Diagnostics diagnoses how HVAC systems function during normal operation by analysing performance data exported from Building Management and Automation Systems (BMS/BACS).





Biophilic Design Map. The Biophilic Map is a databank for case studies which have implemented Biophilic Design at the core of their design process. Biophilic Design is known for its effects of indoor environmental quality and therefore on building users wellbeing. The map recognizes exemplary projects in articulating and applying Biophilic Design principles to the built environment.



Webinar on the STUNNING project: conclusions and important results for promoting energy-efficient building renovation. The goal of the EU’s H2020 STUNNING project is to promote successful and innovative building-renovation packages and business models around a virtual and collaborative knowledge-sharing platform. The STUNNING Renovation Hub aims to accelerate their adoption.





original.jpgNew rules for external power supplies will enable household energy savings. A new EU Regulation on external power supplies aimed at making a range of household appliances more energy efficient - from laptops to electric toothbrushes – enters into force as of 1 April 2020 within the context of EU ecodesign measures.


theodore.jpgIn focus: Renewable energy in Europe.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.





resalta.jpgThe inside story: Health effects of indoor air quality on children and young people The indoor air quality changes according to the building, the occupants, and the type of activities taking place inside. The main way people are exposed is by inhaling pollutants, but they can also be ingested or absorbed through the skin.






Energy+Home1.0 – Germany. In 2011, a detached house built in Mühltal outside Darmstadt in the 1970s became the first of its kind to be restored and converted into an ‘surplus energy’ house complete with electric vehicle technology. Following the redevelopment, the building generates more energy than it requires. But this was not achieved by cramming the house full of new technology.


theodore.jpgWorld's tallest Passive House: high-rise Bolueta (Bilbao-Spain). The developers and architects of this project have set very high goals. With the Bolueta building, they wanted to set a new Passive House record and at the same time ensure the quality of the building through certification. Bolueta is now the tallest Passive House building in the world.





theodore.jpgQualDeEPC project. The Horizon2020 funded project QualDeEPC aims to enhance (1) the quality and cross-EU convergence of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) schemes, and (2) the link between EPCs and deep renovation. QualDeEPC will work on EU-wide convergence of the building assessment and the issuance, design, and use of quality-enhanced EPCs as well as their recommendations for building renovation. 


theodore.jpgX-tendo project. X-tendo will support public authorities to transition to next-generation energy performance certification (EPC) schemes, including improved compliance, reliability, usability and convergence. The key output of the project will be the X-tendo toolbox, a freely available online knowledge hub that will be continued also beyond the project duration.


Get ready for May's Topic of the Month 'SKILLS and training for NZE building sector' and prepare your next publications.


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