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Self-Driving Vehicles - Green Revolution, Or Eco-Disaster?

There’s been a lot of talk over the last few years about self-driving vehicles. Vehicles ‘driven’, essentially, by computer are being rolled out in various locations across the world. The technology, we’re told, is ready to go - all that...

Energy efficiency of buildings: video interview with the EBC President

  European Institutions should take into account the importance of the renovation sector, that creates thousands of jobs in Europe and will reduce energy consumption, according to Patrick Liébus, President of the European Builders...

What Could Make The Public Choose More Pro-Renewables?

We’re not doing badly so far as ‘green’ attitudes go. More people than ever before feel positively about renewable energy, and would like to see a greater global commitment to reducing carbon emissions. We’re more ‘eco-conscious’ than ever...

European Regional Network of the World GBC: Position Paper on the EPBD

  This paper, released in March 2017, sets out the key messages from the Europe Regional Network (ERN) of the World Green Building Council (WGBC) on the key elements of the Clean Energy Package impacting Green Building Councils (GBCs) and...

RENOVATE EUROPE publishes proposals for the 2017 legislative reviews of the EPBD and EED

How to make Renovate Europe's NZEB vision a reality by 2050?     On 27 March 2017, RENOVATE EUROPE released an infographic presenting their vision and the changes in the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)...

Glass for Europe Position Paper on the EPBD and EED revision proposed by the Commission

Making Europe’s buildings highly energy efficient - Improvements needed to the EU Winter Package: EED and EPBD     In March 2017, BUILD UP Partner Glass for Europe released a position paper and a relevant infographic...

RENOVATE EUROPE: Energy poverty – nobody should have to choose between heating and eating

On 16 March 2017, RENOVATE EUROPE released a briefing note on energy poverty in the European Union: its causes, impacts and possible solutions.  The briefing highlights the following:     Energy poverty is as widespread as it is...

Οι θέσεις του ΕΙΠΑΚ για το νέο «Εξοικονομώ κατ’ οίκον» και την αναθεώρηση του ΚΕΝΑΚ

  Στις 22 Φεβρουαρίου 2017, το Ελληνικό Ινστιτούτο Παθητικού Κτιρίου (ΕΙΠΑΚ) δημοσίευσε τις θέσεις του για το νέο «Εξοικονομώ κατ’ οίκον» και την αναθεώρηση του Κανονισμού ΕΝεργειακής Απόδοσης Κτιριακού Τομέα (ΚΕΝΑΚ)....

Glass for Europe welcomes EP committee move to incentivise initiatives in building glass recycling

BUILD UP Partner Glass for Europe, the trade association of the flat glass sector, which manufactures energy saving technologies for the building, transport and solar-energy sectors, welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament...

Introduction to GEOTABS: combining thermally activated building systems (TABS) with ground coupled heat pumps (GCHP) and passive heat exchangers

GEOTABS is an acronym for the combination of geothermal heat pumps with thermally activated building systems (TABS).  It is an innovative clean technology for energy efficient and healthy buildings which has several advantages; the radiant...

Does policy work?

For more than 20 years, the World Sustainable Energy Days (WSED) has gathered world experts at a conference in upper Austria to raise awareness of new measures aiding the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency.   With...

Approval of the EN-ISO Energy Performance Buildings (EPB) and EPB EN-standards

On last REHVA journal, Jaap Hogeling has announced that the series of 17 EN-ISO Energy Performance Buildings (EPB) standards and 29 EPB EN-standards passed the Final Vote last week of January 2017 and will soon be published.   This set...

Integral Design to connect industry and university, essential for nZEB design

Eindhoven University of Technology published, on January edition of REHVA journal, an article on how building design processes can be improved through improving process communication understanding, sharing and collaboration. I have found...

Warm Homes page for Bosnia homeowners is launched

Two dominant and closely related problems the world faces today are the lack of uncertainty in energy supply on the one hand, and environmental pollution and climate change as a result of excessive energy consumption on the other hand. One...

Making our iconic city skylines better for the planet

By Frankie Downy, Manager of C40’s Private Building Efficiency Network     When stepping off a train or plane to visit a city for the first time, you wonder: will it live up to expectations, will it look like it does in the movies? Then...

Energy Union is about re-inventing our economy, says Maroš Šefčovič

The European Commission’s Winter Package of Energy Union laws will be a turning point for clean energy, writes Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission, in charge of the Energy Union.  But the spirit of the package...

10th International Buildair Symposium

Experts from the East, West, North an South present their most recent results   On 31 March and 1 April 2017 in Hanover, the International BUILDAIR Symposium will bring together experts from many countries to discuss the...

GREENPEACE GREECE: The real energy crisis is the country's energy-intensive building sector

When seven out of ten households in Greece live in 'leaky' buildings, the problem is not the insufficiency of power supply, but the energy inefficiency of buildings and the lack of political volition, says Greenpeace Greece...

The top 5 green building stories in 2016 according to Eco-Business

Around the world, buildings are becoming greener as technology and tenant behaviour combine to lower the impact of urbanisation on the planet. Ping Manongdo (Eco-Business) presents the top 5 green building stories in 2016.     The...

BPIE Briefing – The “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package

On November 30 2016, the European Commission released important pieces of European energy legislation in the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package. The package covers energy efficiency, renewable energy, the electricity market,...