public buildings

Buildings in EU27 Member States represent up to 24 billion m2 of floor space, responsible for 40% of Europe’s energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions – both key contributors to climate change. In response, a number of European directives promoting energy efficiency and ambitious goals for achieving nearly zero energy buildings will be enforced in the coming years.   Public buildings are expected to meet these challenges and act as frontrunners. It is time to use the wealth of resources already at our disposal to accelerate change.  
Post date: 26 Mar 2018
Type: News

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”.  
Post date: 15 Dec 2017
Type: News

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)  
Post date: 11 Dec 2017
Type: News

In late October, the R2CITIES team met in Kartal, Turkey, for its second-to-last project meeting. As we look ahead to the final months of the project, our attention is on the monitoring of the works. This will allow us to build a picture of the energy savings and the overall sustainability of the endeavours over the last four years.  
Post date: 24 Nov 2017
Type: News

R2CITIES Lavatrici district demo site on the agenda at this year’s Genoa Smart Week     There will be two events from the R2CITIES project as part of Genoa Smart Week on Wednesday 22 November:   A session on the achievements and opportunities in district renovation – R2CITIES history and Genoa Outcomes – 9.00am to 10.45am at Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino, Salone del Bergamasco  
Post date: 17 Nov 2017
Type: Event

Download the complete October issue of REHVA journal here:  05/2017 (PDF) or read and download individual articles.  
Post date: 31 Oct 2017
Type: Publication

Set up by the city of Stuttgart (Germany) in 1995, Internal Contracting (Intracting) has already allowed the municipality to implement over 350 energy efficiency measures in public buildings, equipment and facilities generating financial savings of EUR 22 million. Intracting enables the municipality to finance multiple investments aimed at energy savings without being bound to an external contractor. In this process a technical department or a municipally-owned company (‘the client’) submits an energy-saving project.  
Post date: 18 Oct 2017
Type: Publication

Earthquakes, buildings and green energy: Turkey’s balancing act   While Turkey is well known as a hot and sunny holiday destination, it also faces low temperatures, which means it has both substantial heating and cooling needs for its building stock. The country also lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and energy efficiency measures need to be earthquake resistant.  
Post date: 18 Oct 2017
Type: News

EmBuild template for public sector renovation strategies. A guide for public authorities   This guidance and template aims to be a useful tool to support public authorities in developing renovation strategies, with a particular focus on the renovation of public buildings. Such strategies should encourage renovation of all buildings, but as a minimum, renovation of the buildings owned by public authorities, which have a key role to play in stimulating the market energy efficiency improvements in the entire building stock.  
Post date: 14 Sep 2017
Type: Publication

The MED Community sets sail to its 1st Annual Congress CHOOSING THE ROUTE TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN THE MED AREA: A PATHWAY TO POLICIES AND PRACTICES Nice, 4-5 October 2017   The Efficient Buildings Community created, supported, and managed by the Interreg MED project MEDNICE gathers stakeholders dealing with energy issues to share innovative solutions.  
Post date: 14 Sep 2017
Type: Event