Environmental issues related to buildings

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Europe’s heating and cooling is a climate time bomb, with the sector responsible for almost half of the EU’s energy consumption and a third of its CO2 emissions. Ageing buildings bear much of the blame, with a large part of the energy used to heat our homes going to waste due to poor insulation. A wave of deep renovation is desperately needed, but that is not the whole story.
Post date: 29 Jul 2020
Type: News

The EU project HOUSEFUL has completed its first set of workshops with housing sector experts from Austria and the Barcelona area. The goal? To identify, discuss and demonstrate a number of ideas for the uptake of circular buildings.  
Post date: 28 Jul 2020
Type: News

The renovation of the residential complex of Via Passeggiata dei Castani is one of the interventions developed within the FP7 Smart City project SINFONIA and has been concluded at the beginning of 2019.   The area is located in the east side of the city of Bolzano, under a mountain and the complex has been build in the ‘90ies. The complex is owned by the Municipality of Bolzano and it is composed by two buildings, that have 72 apartments distributed by four staircases for a total surface of 7456 m2.
Post date: 28 Jul 2020
Type: Case

HAPPEN (Holistic APproach and Platform for the deep renovation of the med residential built ENvironment) is a project that develops and rolls out the MedZEB approach: a tailored, holistic, transparent and adaptive strategy aimed to foster the market uptake of the deep energy retrofitting of the Mediterranean residential built environment.
Post date: 27 Jul 2020
Type: Publication

Our Association   smartEn is the European business association integrating the decentralized solutions of the clean energy transition. We create opportunities for every company, building and car to support an increasingly renewable energy system.   Our vision  
Post date: 22 Jul 2020
Type: Link

Let's shape the future together   European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. With our societies gradually lifting their lockdowns and recovery plans taking shape, we must now ensure that the transition to a post-corona society is sustainable, inclusive and resilient.
Post date: 16 Jul 2020
Type: Event

Considering the Covid-19 containment measures, please check the latest status of the event at the organisers’ webpage.   FLEXCON is the international conference bringing together parties who share the common goal of engaging consumers in the flexible energy revolution.    Do not miss this full-day event with workshops and inclusive talks on topics including smart grids, blockchain, energy markets, demand response, transactive energy, smart homes, and more.  
Post date: 16 Jul 2020
Type: Event

Online breakfast debate "Green Deal: Towards a carbon-neutral economy for Europe” - held in Spanish   Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director General of DG CLIMA and Nicolás González Casares, MEP from the ITRE committee will participate in the event organised by the Spanish Official Chamber of Commerce in Belgium and Luxembourg in collaboration with ZABALA  
Post date: 13 Jul 2020
Type: Event

On 15 July 2020, the Bavarian Research Alliance (BayFOR) will co-host the online event “Building the future 2020 – boosting innovation in the construction industry”. Projects developing new construction materials to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings and fostering a circular economy will show how this industry can become more sustainable. The event also concludes the EU project INNOVIP.  
Post date: 10 Jul 2020
Type: Event

The European Commission has proposed a €1.85 trillion recovery plan to help the European Union exit the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. How some of this money will be spent will be defined in national Recovery and Resilience Plans, which national governments must prepare to access the funding. Within this context, financing building renovation is one of the smartest moves national governments could make and will respond to societal and environmental needs and urgencies.  
Post date: 8 Jul 2020
Type: News