In 2011, the 'School of the Future' project was launched as a demonstration project in the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union. The related call for applications focused on the 'Demonstration of Energy Efficiency through Retrofitting of Buildings'. Project goals included design, implementation and evaluation of holistic renovation measures in buildings with a high replication potential for large regions of Europe.
Post date: 15 Mar 2016
Throughout the Recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) it is requested that “the public sector in each Member State should lead the way in the field of energy performance of buildings” and “buildings occupied by public authorities and buildings frequently visited by the public should set an example”. Among the most promising public building types to act as lighthouse projects are school buildings.
Post date: 14 Mar 2016
“Treet”, a timber high rise building in Bergen, Norway now holds the world’s record for wood construction. The Norwegian housing association Bergen- og omegn boligbyggelag (BOB), set out to build a sustainable housing project but when faced with building restrictions and a nearby bridge, it was decided to use wood. The project was pitched as a nod to wood heritage with the added prestige of breaking a world record for wood construction, which resulted in the political support needed to get to 14 storeys.
Post date: 11 Feb 2016
Post date: 7 Jan 2016
A tailored training programme has been developed for technical service personnel, teachers and students to optimise the use of school buildings in terms of energy efficiency and indoor environment quality. The presentations are now available for download in English and in versions adapted to the four demonstration buildings in Stuttgart (D), Cesena (I), Ballerup (DK) and Drammen (N) in the national languages. Please visit the project's website to download the training material at:
Post date: 1 Dec 2015
ISOBIO project uses low carbon materials for better energy performance in building envelopes to capture the imagination of homebuilders and owners
Post date: 24 Nov 2015
Investor Confidence Project (ICP) Europe is developing a suite of building energy renovation roadmaps - Energy Performance Protocols - that aim to reduce transaction costs by assembling existing standards and practices into a consistent and transparent process. These tools then enable a marketplace for building owners, project developers, utilities, public programmes and investors to trade in standardised energy efficiency projects.
Post date: 27 Oct 2015
This guideline, released by the “School of the Future” project, focusses on building construction elements. The publication deals with the building envelope covering an overview of insulation materials, examples of roof and facade insulation, windows and shading elements.
Post date: 27 Oct 2015
The calculation tool ASCOT - Assessment tool for additional construction cost in sustainable building renovation – was originally developed for dwellings. The purpose of the ASCOT tool is to assist the user in evaluating and thereby optimise the economical costs of a building renovation project in relation to sustainable development issues.
Post date: 13 Oct 2015
Take part in the ongoing call for contributions to unlock the potential of energy efficiency in buildings as a global asset. Open until 2 October 2015. Note that the most recent ICP Europe Technical Forum web meeting took place on Thursday 24th September.
Post date: 23 Sep 2015