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How ICT and social sciences can empower energy education

The eTEACHER video is the results of almost three years of work from 12 partners all over Europe and the combination of different skills and knowledge. Our mascot will show you the work done, the results achieved and those expected in...

Covid-19 stimulus spending for green construction means building back better

The construction sector is essential for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. It can rapidly create large amounts of jobs and involves far-reaching value chains of small and large businesses. In 2015, the sector accounted for 11-13% of...

How ICT and social sciences can empower energy education

The eTEACHER video is the results of almost three years of work from 12 partners all over Europe and the combination of different skills and knowledge. Our mascot will show you the work done, the results achieved and those...

Covid-19 stimulus spending for green construction means building back better

The construction sector is essential for an economic recovery after the COVID-19 crisis. It can rapidly create large amounts of jobs and involves far-reaching value chains of small and large businesses. In 2015, the sector accounted for 11...

Building energy efficient, sustainable homes for all

The Covid-19 pandemic has tested all aspects of our society: families and individuals in confinement, communities in collective self-isolation and local, national and international authorities struggling to manage the omnipresent effects...

We must invest today in the buildings of tomorrow

The European Union is facing a great challenge: how to quickly re-build Europe’s economy in the context of COVID-19 while ensuring to keep itself on the path to become climate neutral by 2050.   Against this background, investing in...

7 Measures to prepare your buildings for reopening after COVID-19

What can we do in our buildings to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection? Are there measures beyond complete disinfection of work spaces to facilitate re-entry?    The following proposals are valid for spaces where non-clinical activity...

Train to Net Zero Energy Buildings – a pathway to an energy efficient building sector

The EU, in light of the 2030 and 2050 energy and climate goals, has adopted an ambitious vision for the energy performance of its buildings among other measures. This is because the building sector still represents about 40% of energy...

The positive house. Casa SN (Arco, Italy) is the first Zero Energy certified building in Europe

Can a building produce more energy than it consumes, exclusively from renewable sources? Certainly! This is demonstrated by the experience of Casa SN (named after its owners Sara and Nicola Berlanda) which has recently...

EU countries dragging their feet on building renovation plans

EU countries had until 10 March to transpose the buildings directive, which was last updated in May 2018 as part of a package of clean energy laws.   The aim of the directive is to make the entire European building stock “highly energy...