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Energy efficient buildings – Presidency secures provisional deal with European Parliament

4 weeks 1 day ago

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.

 

Maria Kapsalaki

BUILD UP Webinar Recordings | HERON – Decision Support Tool

4 weeks 2 days ago

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:

Arla Fytrou-Moschopoulou

BUILD UP Webinar Recordings | Health performance of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings

4 weeks 2 days ago

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.

 

Arla Fytrou-Moschopoulou

BUILD UP Webinar Recordings | A look behind the BetterHome initiative

4 weeks 2 days ago

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.

 

Arla Fytrou-Moschopoulou

District heating: has its time come?

1 month ago

Due to its reliance on renewable energy sources, district heating is becoming a preferred energy saving solution. One of the biggest challenges, however, is convincing homeowners of the long-term value of retrofitting buildings to accommodate the smart solution

 

Cityfied Secretariat

Leading European banks show how Green Tagging can drive Energy Efficiency Financing

1 month ago

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.

 

Arla Fytrou-Moschopoulou

Retrofitting public buildings: where public procurement and innovation meet

1 month ago

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”.

 

Helga Treiber

Wood frame building solutions innovation on the rise

1 month ago

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?

 

Construction21 Build UP user

Software solutions optimize energy networks paving way for sustainable buildings

1 month ago

DCBrain: the Waze of physical networks

 

With the energy transition, the management and optimization of "smart" physical networks has become an issue for energy suppliers. French start-up DCbrain developed a software solution to support this transition.

 

How does the DCbrain software work?

 

Construction21 Build UP user

OVERVIEW | Nanomaterials in the built environment

1 month ago

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.

 

Maria Kapsalaki