Practices

OVERVIEW | EU support for (deep) energy renovation of buildings

  by Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team)     As reported by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), deep renovation has the potential to reduce the energy consumption of the building stock by 36% until 2030. At the same time,...

OVERVIEW | Successful renovations through innovative financing

by Marina Laskari (NKUA)   The big majority of the EU building stock needs to be upgraded. It is well recognised that in order to achieve a decarbonised building stock by 2050, renovation will need to move at a faster pace and attract...

OVERVIEW | Energy poverty in Europe: Policies and recent initiatives

by Vasileios Ntouros (NKUA)   Energy poverty is an increasing socio-economic problem with severe health impacts and significant environmental implications. It is related to poor building quality and the occupants’ socio-economic status,...

OVERVIEW | Three times smart: Users, Buildings, and Electricity Grid

  Learnings for the development of the Smartness Indicator from an Austrian research and demonstration project     by Susanne Geissler (SERA energy & resources, Vienna)     This Overview Article presents selected findings of the...

OVERVIEW | Is HVAC system flexibility linked to energy savings?

by François Durier (CETIAT)   What do we mean by flexibility?   In the context of the energy performance of buildings, the flexibility of a system refers to its ability to adapt to changes, and the ease with which it responds to such...

OVERVIEW | Energy Performance of Buildings standards: past and future

by Tiziana Buso (REHVA)   Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB) standards are nowadays on every energy efficiency expert's lips. We are at a turning point in the road towards a homogenous energy efficiency market. However, the goal is not...

OVERVIEW | A BUILD UP view of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

  by Arla Fytrou-Moschopoulou (Sympraxis Team)     With the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme, which was announced on 27 October 2017, the European Commission aims for a greater impact of research funding by focusing on concrete critical...

Bright future for crowdfunding renewable energy projects in Europe

Crowdfunding renewable energy projects in Europe: a reality and bright perspectives   The CrowdFundRES partners talk about the state of play and potential of crowdfunding in Europe   The European PV solar energy conference EU PVSEC...

4th European ETICS Forum 2017 conference summary

The fourth European ETICS Forum 2017: a great success story   On 5 October 2017 the European Association for ETICS (EAE) held its 4th European ETICS Forum in Warsaw. The breathtaking modern architecture of the Polin Museum provided the...

OVERVIEW | Cost reduction of new Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings: which projects are in the pipeline?

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The deadline for new buildings to fulfil the Nearly Zero-Energy Building (NZEB) level as defined by the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is approaching...

OVERVIEW | Linking financial incentives with the energy savings achieved

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics), Francois Durier (CETIAT), Marina Laskari (NKUA)   In the Annex “Accelerating clean energy in buildings” of the European Commission's legislative proposal “Clean Energy...

OVERVIEW | Right and Tight: What’s New in Ductwork and Building Airtightness?

by Valérie Leprince (PLEIAQ), Maria Kapsalaki (INIVE), François Rémi Carrié (INIVE)   In the last decade, building airtightness testing has gradually become mandatory in Denmark, France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom. Many other...

OVERVIEW | Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology

By Marina Laskari, Maria Saliari, Mat Santamouris – NKUA (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)    Buildings and settlements are increasingly expected to meet higher and potentially more complex levels of energy performance. In...

OVERVIEW | Re-conceptualising shopping centres from consumerism to energy conservation: the CommONEnergy project

By Roberta d’Angiolella and Marine Faber– BPIE (Buildings Performance Institute Europe)    What is the environmental impact of shopping centres? How can they be retrofitted to use energy more sustainably? What are the innovative...

OVERVIEW | Quality and compliance relevant to building energy performance

By Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team) and François Rémi Carrie (ICEE)     Insufficient compliance in the issuing of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and poor quality building works erode trust in the EPC and jeopardise the...

OVERVIEW | Financing energy efficiency to tackle energy poverty in Western Balkans: a model shift?

By Isabelle Maurizi (PRACSIS)   With supportive policy measures in place, good practices in energy efficiency financing are flourishing in the European Union. Now, through initiatives such as the REELIH project (Residential Energy...

OVERVIEW | Energy certification of HVAC products

  By François Durier (CETIAT, France)     Certified characteristics of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) appliances are useful for product selection and users’ information needs. They also contribute to a fair...

OVERVIEW | Activities of the IEA Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme

by Peter Wouters (INIVE eeig), Malcolm Orme (IEA-EBC)   The aim of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC) Technology Collaboration Programme is to carry out scientifically based research in the...

OVERVIEW | Getting our homes future ready

Essential skills and innovative solutions needed for a fair energy transition   by Ralf Tinga (PRACSIS)     BUILD UP partner Housing Europe and the PROF/TRAC project, presented concrete examples of energy efficiency in social housing...

OVERVIEW | Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of water heaters

By François Durier, Nourreddine Mostefaoui (CETIAT, France)   Two European Directives - the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives – and their accompanying regulations have introduced new minimum requirements for water heaters, as...