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Multifunctional renewable energy

European researchers are developing a device that stores and uses solar energy to provide both hot water and mechanical ventilation for multifamily houses. Moreover, an app linked to the machine monitors the users’ energy consumption  ...
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Development and Implementation of a BIM – enhanced Qualification Framework

Nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) construction and renovation need an enhanced systematic approach for quality control of the entire process. The most important part of the BIMplement enhanced quality control approach is a fully qualified...
by Pepa Esparza Arbona, IVE - Valencia Institute of Building
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Occupant-centric Building Design and Operation EBC ANNEX 79 - factsheet

As building envelopes and mechanical and electrical equipment become more efficient, the impact of occupants on building energy increases.   Meanwhile, trends in teleworking, co-working and home-sharing mean vastly different occupancy than...
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Evaluation of natural-based internal insulation systems in historic buildings through a holistic approach

Historic buildings are defining elements of city centres but also responsible for a large share of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to reduce their energy demand, it is important to improve envelopes’ thermal transmittance without...
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How energy audits promote SMEs’ energy efficiency investment

This publication presents EIB Investment Survey data about energy audits and energy-efficiency investments of some 12,500 signatures from EU28 Member States per year.   It suggests that:   - Energy audits are a useful tool for overcoming...
This paper assesses the impact of energy audits on the implementation of energy efficiency investments by SMEs, interactions with financial constraints, and how energy audits can be promoted. Energy audits play an important role in...
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METIS Studies: Cost-efficient district heating development

METIS is a mathematical model providing analysis of the European energy system.   It simulates the operation of energy systems and markets on an hourly basis over a year, while factoring in uncertainties like weather variations. In order...
In 2012, district heating covered 9% of the EU’s heat demand. Nearly 70% of all energy used for district heat generation were gas and coal.   However, district heating allows to decarbonise heat generation via the integration of...
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Clean energy for all Europeans

Based on Commission proposals published in November 2016, the Clean energy for all Europeans package consists of eight legislative acts. After political agreement by the Council and the European Parliament in 2018 and early 2019, these...
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Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum

Financing energy efficiency in the public sector took a big step with the Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum. This forum gathered more than 550 representatives from local authorities, industry and financial institutions to discuss the key...
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The ENVISION H2020 Project: harvesting energy from all building skins without it being visible

ENVISION has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 767180.   Started on 1st October 2017, the project’s ambition is to use of the full external building surface...
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InBetween H2020 Project

Inducing a behavioral change towards Energy Efficiency represents an unsolved societal challenge with potentially enormous environmental impact, but it is still difficult to get people to adopt a more energy-efficient lifestyle due to...
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Commission guidance on how to implement revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive provisions on building renovation

Answering the need of clarification of the Member States, the EU commission released a document with the recommendation for implementing the amended EPBD into national operative laws.   Full transposition and effective implementation of...
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Retrofit in Nordic countries: Haugerudsenteret (Oslo, NORWAY) – 4RinEU project

This Norwegian demonstration building is a two-floor building with eight small dwellings in total, located at Haugerud in the city of Oslo. Haugerud is a suburb in the east of Oslo with housing developments and houses built around the...
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Zetland Road: Deep Retrofit of Two Victorian semi-detached houses from 1894, Manchester UK

Deep ecological retrofit of two Victorian townhouses Chorlton, Manchester Completed: Autumn/winter 2018 Standard: Enerphit Plus -£43 per year (estimated total energy costs)   This Victorian property in the centre of Chorlton had spent many...
With obsessive attention to preserving and restoring the original fabric of these two Victorian townhouses, and a commitment to shunning petrochemicals and using only natural materials, could this be the most wildly ambitious and...
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The Albero: Construction 21 Case Study

Albero project of rehabilitation, modernization and requalification of the architectural envelope is part of this urban dynamic as much by its singular aestheticism as by the proposed living environment wanted healthy and pleasant to live...
Project type : Renovation Building Type : High office tower > 28m Construction Year : 1979 Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season. Net Floor Area : 10 500 m 2 Construction/refurbishment cost : 12 600 000 €...
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OVERVIEW | Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) as a viable option among renewables

In the face of the urgent need to renovate and decarbonise the existing building stock, special focus is on building skins, such as roofs and facades, to make them more efficient through innovative solutions and materials, but also to...
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DYNASTEE NEWSLETTER 2019/13

This issue of the DYNASTEE newsletter provides information on the 8th Summer School with focus on energy performance of buildings that will take place this summer in Granada, Spain, a second Summer School on modelling and forecasting in...
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Application Note: Assessment of Energy Savings

The purpose of this application note is to define a generic methodology based on practical experience and existing standards to make robust, ex-ante assessments of energy conservation measures (ECM) in buildings. The focus is on the...
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Europe's urban air quality

Air pollution is one of the most important environmental problems affecting people's health, particularly in urban areas of Europe. Over the past decade, air quality has slowly improved in many of Europe's cities, as a direct result of...
Re-assessing implementation challenges in cities
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Do current regulatory frameworks in the EU support innovation and security of supply in electricity and gas infrastructure?

The European Transmission System operators (TSOs) for electricity and gas play a central role in the energy system. Investments in transmission networks by TSOs are crucial for the integration of the European electricity and gas markets...
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Future-proof buildings for all Europeans – A guide to implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Two-thirds (65%) of the European building stock was built before 1980: about 97% of the EU’s buildings must be upgraded to achieve the 2050 decarbonisation goal, but only 0.4-1.2% are renovated each year.    A more efficient, technically...