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Social housing could be the first sector to decarbonize

  Drastically lowering energy consumption in buildings – and indeed, developing nearly-zero energy buildings (nZEBs) and positive-energy (or ‘smart’) buildings that can interact with the grid – is a cornerstone of Europe’s climate and...

TightVent Europe newsletter issue #16 - May 2019

The June 2019 edition of the TightVent Europe newsletter aims to provide an overview of the platforms achievements, progress and latest news in the past months as well as planned activities for the upcoming period.   Specific contents...

Registration now open - EPBD19a Feasibility Study stakeholder meeting, Brussels, 24 June 2019

The first stakeholder meeting of the EPBD Article 19a feasibility study will take place in Brussels on 24 June 2019.   The feasibility study is a one-year contract awarded by the European Commission, following Article 19a...

Bikes beat traffic

On 3 June the UN celebrates World Bicycle Day to promote sustainable transportation and road safety. We report from Turkey, where Tepebaşı, a district of Istanbul, aims to revive a once very vibrant biking culture which was largely...

The 11th edition of ZERO-PLUS newsletter has been released

Take a look at the latest news of the ZERO-PLUS Project and stay tuned for the upcoming newsletter! 11th edition of ZERO-PLUS newsletter  

FOTOVOLTAICO 4.0: EURAC RESEARCH STUDIA UNA PIATTAFORMA DIGITALE PER OTTIMIZZARE LA GESTIONE DEGLI IMPIANTI

Ogni impianto fotovoltaico è composto da numerosi componenti – moduli fotovoltaici, i diversi cavi, l’inverter ovvero il cuore dell’impianto stesso - tenerli monitorati e rendere questi dati facilmente accessibili permetterebbe di...

EU Project Boosts Use of E-Vehicles in Valladolid

Municipal staff in Valladolid, Spain, are going electric in their daily work. With a fleet of 13 e-cars, the municipality is leading by example in adopting a more ecological behaviour thanks to EU-funded project REMOURBAN.   Municipal...

Deep retrofits: Financing needs to play a critical role

This is the fourth and final blog post in our series on recent developments in energy efficiency financing. Prior posts covered Energy Service Agreements, PACE Financing, and on-...

DRIVE 0 project: offering efficient solutions concerning energy, materials and costs, within innovative consumer-centred circular renovation processes

Under the Horizon 2020 programme call ‘Decarbonisation of the EU building stock – innovative approaches and affordable solutions changing the market for building renovation’, the European Commission looked for innovative and affordable...

EC3 Industry Day - Invitation to submit presentation proposal

The EC3 Industry Day will kick off the 2019 European Conference on Computing in Construction, taking place from 10 to 12 July in Crete, Greece. This event is the premier European Conference for information, communication...

First net zero energy building certified in India under IGBC rating system

Plant – 13 Annexe is a multiple use office and convention centre located in the Godrej campus at Vikhroli. Over the years, this building has demonstrated the highest standards of performance and has won many accolades including the ‘IGBC-...

Survey: IEA EBC Annex 71, Building energy performance assessment

IEA EBC Annex 71: Building energy performance assessment based on in-situ measurements   Despite regulation enforcements, monitoring of actual energy performances of buildings reveals in many cases a significant gap with...

EeB PPP Project Review 2019 now available!

This yearly publication presents the progress of a portfolio of 174 European research projects aiming at developing new technologies for energy efficient buildings. 110 projects have been co-funded within the EeB PPP under the 7th...

Energy Charter Treaty: Commission asks for mandate to negotiate modernisation of investment provisions

The Commission adopted today a draft mandate to engage -- on behalf of the European Union in the negotiations to modernise the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) -- a plurilateral trade and investment agreement applicable to the energy sector to...

BERTIM project Newsletter #8

BERTIM project achieves its end. Now, going beyond the last month of project duration, some of very tangible BERTIM results are presented. In this final project newsletter, some photos taken during BERTIM modules installation in Charite...

Let's mimic termite nests to keep human buildings cool

When it comes to building sustainable buildings, humans have a lot to learn from termites.   A recent study that colleagues and I published in Science Advances explains how some African termites maintain cool and stable temperatures in...

210 European Mayors Demand EU Emissions Peak by 2020, Halve by 2030 and Reach Net-Zero by 2050

Mayors and leaders of 210 cities across Europe, representing 62 million citizens have today urged the European Council and Member States to step up the EU’s climate commitments, to show global leadership and drive ambition to make rapid...

Meeting Simone Lowthe-Thomas, a renewable energy and sustainable development vision

Simone Lowthe-Thomas is Chief Executive Officer of Severn Wye Energy Agency (UK) and FEDARENE Vice-President for Energy Efficiency (Buildings & Behavior).   With over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of Renewable Energy and...

Cutting cities' emissions does have economic benefits – and these ultimately outweigh the costs

The politics of climate change in Australia has always been about the costs of change. It’s often debated in terms of we can’t afford or can afford to pay for the changes needed to our power, transport and building systems. However, the...

Report on the EMIRI Tech Talk on Advanced Materials for Energy Efficient Buildings

The Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI) organised a “TECH TALK” event on March 7, 2019 in Brussels.   Phillipe Jacques, EMIRI Managing Director, launched the workshop by presenting the objectives of the association. He...