On Tuesday 19 December 2017, the Estonian presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a revised directive on the energy performance of buildings. The outcome of the trilogue will be presented to EU ambassadors on December 20, with the final analysis and approval of the agreement expected to take place at the beginning of 2018.
By Daniel Quenard (CSTB)
Following years of research and development by EU-funded, national and international projects, Super-Insulated Materials (SIM) have achieved maturity. The industry is now rolling out market-ready solutions.
OVERVIEW | Possibilities and challenges of BIM with respect to the assessment of the energy performance of buildings
By Peter Wouters, INIVE
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is in many EU countries high on the agenda. This article is focusing on the potential of BIM in relation to the energy performance of building assessment and also in relation to a better quality of the works.
An innovative way of incorporating end-users behaviour in energy efficiency policy making.
Tuesday 14 November 2017, 10:00 a.m. Brussels time (CET)
We know that incorporating actual end-users behavioural barriers into energy modeling is difficult – but did you know that this problem has been addressed and solved by the HERON project?
The webinar addressed stakeholders who:
15 December 2017, 10:30-12:00 Brussels time (CET)
We spend 90% of our life indoors in buildings, so the quality of the indoor environment has a major impact on our health, well-being, and productivity. The health, comfort and well-being of building occupants are basic requirements and a human right, therefore both policy makers and the building industry have to take their role in ensuring healthy and comfortable living conditions for people.
Monday 6 November 2017, 14:00-15:30 Brussels time (CET)
Industry stepping up to the challenge of deep renovation
Stimulating the energy renovation market remains one of the biggest challenges. Innovative business models can be powerful drivers for deep renovations across Europe. The BetterHome (BH) initiative is such a model, proving that a more service-oriented supply-side approach, coupled with a deeper awareness of demand-side conditions can change the landscape and essentially the renovation market.
by François Durier (CETIAT)
Reducing the energy consumption of heating and cooling systems in buildings requires:
On 12 December 2017, Green Tagging emerged as the new strategy for Europe’s leading banks to scale up financing of energy efficient housing and real estate, concluded a new report from Climate Strategy and the UN Environment Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System. The report was released in Paris alongside the One Planet Summit hosted by France’s President Emmanuel Macron.
Retrofitting public buildings: where public procurement and innovation have to shake hands
In recent years, the word “smart” has started rolling off the tongues and keyboards of policy makers in many areas of our global village. The building and construction sector is no stranger to this word as EU directives on energy efficiency specifically target the building stock old and new, under the heading “Smart Cities and Communities”.
Blokiwood® reinvents the wood frame
With the new targets for reducing carbon emissions in construction and government measures to develop the sector, wood is on the rise. A Savoyard company decided to ´make waves´ in the wood frame model market with its building solution.
Meeting with Joël Menard, founding director of Dom'Innov.
In which sector does Blokiwood® introduce innovation?
by Dimitra Papadaki (NKUA)
The growing field of nanotechnology can be found in healthcare, electronics, cosmetics, information technology, and environmental protection, but also in the building sector. It involves the production of materials and structures (nanomaterials) at a scale of 100 nanometres or less.