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The Architectural Profession in Europe - A Sector Study

The Sector Study is a biennial survey commissioned by the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) that collects and analyses statistical, sociological and economic data on European architects, the architectural market and architectural...
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The Procura+ Manual: a Guide to Implementing Sustainable Procurement

In the nine years since the last edition of the Procura+ Manual was published, much has changed. Sustainable procurement has continued to develop and spread amongst public authorities both in Europe and the rest of the world, so that it...
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OXIGEN OFFICE BUILDING

The Oxygen Office Building project, ideally located in the city of Brussels between the Royal Park and the Squares District, and between the Arts-Loi and Maelbeek metro stations, aimed the construction of a new low footprint office...
The Rue de Spa building project consists of the demolition-reconstruction of 8 modular office levels, from 200m² to 900m² each. The building reaches the Passive-house standard and is also BREEAM Excellent certified. The prefabrication of...
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Combined seismic and energy upgrading of existing buildings using advanced materials

Of the current EU building stock, 80% was built before the 90's, while 40% are pre-60's and a considerable amount being even older and classified as cultural patrimony, thus requiring preservation techniques if we want to maintain this...
Case studies on Reinforced Concrete Buildings in South Europe.
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OVERVIEW | Decarbonising the non-residential building stock

The building stock in the EU Member States is relatively old, on average 21.6% of the building stock was built before 1945, 45.4% was built before 1969 and 75.4% before 1990. With the exception of Cyprus, Ireland, and Luxembourg, the...
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Efficiency House Plus - Renovation of 2 Row Houses from 1938, Neu-Ulm Germany

Building data: Location: Pfuhler Str. 4+6 / Pfuhler Str. 12+14 Neu-Ulm, Bavaria, Germany Building Owner: NUWOG Neu-Ulm Housing Company Architects: Werner Sobek, Stuttgart / o5 Architects bda, raab hafke lang, Frankfurt Main HVAC planer:...
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Financing the renovation of the Cypriot building stock

Despite various government policies promoting energy efficiency in buildings over the last 15 years, Cyprus is still associated with a large untapped energy efficiency potential in this sector. The impact of different policy scenarios on...
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Analysis of the annual reports 2018 under the Energy Efficiency Directive

  The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (the EED or the Directive), adopted in 2012, forms a key part of the EU's overall climate and energy legislative package, laying down the foundation for actions to be taken in order to help...
This report discusses the progress towards the 2020 Energy Efficiency targets and towards the implementation of the provisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU (EED), providing an overview of the main energy trends in the...
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Design of a ventilation system coupled with a Horizontal Air-Ground Heat Exchanger

Energy consumption in new buildings can be reduced at the design stage.   This study optimizes the ventilation system design of a new residential building located in a warm climate (Southern Italy). Different system options of horizontal...
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New Procurement Mindset Emerges as an Inner-city Neighbourhood Gets Energy Efficiency Makeover

Nottingham's Sneinton district looked like many others throughout the UK: houses designed and built in the 1960s, still looking much the same today as when they were built, albeit older and shabbier. The residents struggled with hefty fuel...
A UK council housing estate with a high density of fuel poverty has benefited from an energy makeover which bundles technology, aesthetics and a novel approach to public procurement.
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Integration of LCA tools in BIM toward a regenerative design

In the case of regenerative processes, design can receive significant benefits from information that can be obtained by applying the life cycle assessment methodology. The LCA (life cycle assessment) approach can be implemented both for a...
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How renewables could change global geopolitics: a report by IRENA

Political and business leaders from around the world have outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy. A report recently launched by the International...
The report was launched by the Commission at IRENA’s ninth Assembly in the presence of ministers and senior policy makers from more than 150 countries.
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Rannaliiva in Vöru: building retrofitting during the RenoZEB Project

Project name: Rannaliiva Location: Vöru/Estonia, Liiva 26a Owner: Apartment association “Rannaliiva” Built in: late '80s   Construction characteristics: Facade/external wall: Clay brick and light blocks; (U value [W/m2.K]): U=0,8 W/m2.K...
RenoZEB aims to unlock the nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) renovation market by increasing property value through a new systemic approach to retrofitting. This will include innovative components, and processes and decision making...
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Europe’s local energy challenges: stories from 17 multi city workshops

The workshops aimed to explore the role of the Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) in meeting local or regional energy challenges: how do those working in energy at the local level feel SSH understandings could help them in their work?...
SHAPE ENERGY is Europe’s Platform for the energy-related Social Sciences & Humanities (energy-SSH) running over 2017-2019. A central component of the Platform’s work has been the organisation of 17 city workshops across 17 European...
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Potenza pilot: Santa Lucia escalator and swimming pool of Montereale Sport Park

The Potenza pilot site is aimed at demonstrating the achievable advantages (primary energy, peak shaving, reduction of energy bills) by the Municipality in two different sites: a swimming pool, where a 165 kW CHP is able to provide about...
The PEGASUS Interreg MED project (Promoting Effective Generation and Sustainable USes of electricity) aims to give evidence of the feasibility of microgrids acting on technical or administrative obstacles which are hindering the use of...
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Preko Pilot: Olive oil mill building and PV

The Municipality of Preko is a small island community situated on Preko Island. In 2015, the municipality adopted Strategies of Sustainable Development where it is stated that one of the goals is long-term energy efficiency and promotion...
The PEGASUS Interreg MED project (Promoting Effective Generation and Sustainable USes of electricity) aims to give evidence of the feasibility of microgrids acting on technical or administrative obstacles which are hindering the use of...
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Greek Pilot: Mega Evydrio solution

The Greek pilot site is located in the Municipality of Farsala in the area of Mega Evydrio (Thessaly Region), and consists of public, commercial and private buildings and facilities.   The number and type of consumers in the area (...
The PEGASUS Interreg MED project (Promoting Effective Generation and Sustainable USes of electricity) aims to give evidence of the feasibility of microgrids acting on technical or administrative obstacles which are hindering the use of...
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One-stop-shops for energy renovations of buildings

The “One-stop-shops for energy renovations of buildings” report is the exploratory review of case studies of past and current one-stop-shops (OSS) with a primary focus on the EU Member States. One-stop-shops are transparent and accessible...
This report offers a comparative review, but only limited analysis. A second report will follow with a deeper analytical assessment of the role of one-stop-shops (OSS) in the energy efficiency market, and in the energy system policy...
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Improving energy and resource efficiency in the European Construction Sector

The European Union has set out ambitions targets for energy efficiency and climate change over the coming decades. These targets have major implications for the construction sector, in terms of its overall resource efficiency and...
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OVERVIEW | How is the EU supporting BIM and ICT development in the buildings sector?

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is the process of creating and managing information digitally across a building life-cycle. This information included in the model is not just the 3D geometrical data such as width, height, and depth,...