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The annual rate of home and commercial building renovation is well under the 3% required to achieve European climate and energy goals. There is a need to accelerate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to boost cost-effective building renovation benefiting all Europeans.  
Post date: 28 Mar 2019
Type: News

5G networks no doubt have the technological specs necessary to power smart cities, but without careful design and planning the complexity of integrating everything from traffic to health care could prove overwhelming   Long-touted advances of smart cities may finally become reality with the increases to wireless network speeds and bandwidths promised by the switch to 5G. Seamless integration of our homes, cities and utilities can change the way we interact with everything from grocery stores to doctors.  
Post date: 28 Mar 2019
Type: News

There is an intrinsic understanding that 'good architecture' defines the long-term functionality and resilience of buildings and that it has a strong bearing on building performance. However, it is not considered ‘measurable’ and it rarely features as a quantifiable value driver in investment cycles and legislation. This survey aims at investigating how the value of architectural solutions for better building performance is being taught in European Universities to architectural students.  
Post date: 27 Mar 2019
Type: News

New rules making the EU's electricity market fit for the future and putting the consumer at the centre of the energy transition have been signed off by the European Parliament on 26 March; it is an important step in enabling the European Union and its Member States to embrace the clean energy transition, follow up on the already adopted 2030 climate legislation and meet the Paris Agreement commitments.
Post date: 27 Mar 2019
Type: News

EIT Climate-KIC has announced its partnership with cleantech innovation hub, Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV). This strategic partnership will build an alliance between California and Europe and help address climate change through innovation and entrepreneurship.  
Post date: 27 Mar 2019
Type: News

Saving the planet can mean saving money and having fun. This is not wishful thinking but a reality that is happening with gamification all over the world.   Playing games could be a solution to saving energy. Using energy more efficiently is, of course, a crucial part of fighting climate change, since oil and fossil fuels continue to be the most important energy source in the world, including Europe.  
Post date: 27 Mar 2019
Type: News

Across the EU, 50 million families are living in energy poverty. Some lack access to affordable energy, whereas others occupy old, draughty buildings that cannot be easily heated. Many are living without lighting, appliances, heating and access to cooking facilities – everyday things that most of us take for granted. In these poor living conditions, people are more likely to develop respiratory problems, suffer from cardiac illnesses and have mental health issues.  
Post date: 26 Mar 2019
Type: News

The 4th call for proposals of Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE is devoted to the exploitation of outputs and results being delivered by projects funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme within the first two calls.
Post date: 26 Mar 2019
Type: News

Are Energy Performance Contracts (EPC) always the best solution for energy efficiency plans of public buildings in the MED area? How to increase their diffusion? STEPPING’s partners past experience and results of MED projects developed under previous programmes, show that it is necessary to adapt this investment scheme to the conditions of the MED area, which are not comparable to those of northern and central EU countries.  
Post date: 25 Mar 2019
Type: Link

Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. The residential sector represents 75% of the European building stock and, on average, more than 34% of CO2 emissions on cities’ territories. This sector is therefore a key action area for all local and regional authorities who are committed to ambitious energy and CO2 saving targets.  
Post date: 25 Mar 2019
Type: Link