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Are there EU funded projects – schemes, based on nanomaterials in the construction industry?

The list that follows provides brief information on EU funded projects and clusters in the field of nanomaterials:   ADAPTIWALL project used multi-functional light-weight wall panel based on adaptive insulation and nanomaterials for...
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Which nanomaterials are most commonly used for photocatalytic applications?

Titania (TiO2) is suitable for several environmental applications such as air purifier, waste water treatment cleaning, water disinfection and photo-induced hydrophilic coating with self-cleaning properties. It can be incorporated in bulk...
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What are the critical parameters in the use of nanomaterials in the building sector?

The selection of the appropriate matrix is of importance since it can affect the effectiveness of nanomaterials, or even react in such a way that unwanted by-products may be produced.   The presence of dissolved oxygen in the liquid...
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What are the uses of Photocatalysis in the building environment?

There are many examples of photocatalysts aimed at reducing urban depollution applied on photocatalytic pavements. Titanium dioxide (Titania) is being explored as a component, but the correct method of applying photocatalysts in pavements...
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What are the important factors for the photocatalytic performance?

The size of the nanoparticles is an important factor, when it comes to the photocatalytic performance. Nanomaterials with smaller particles are expected to provide better photocatalytic activity.   In order to enhance the photocatalytic...
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Are there examples of photocatalytic applications in the building industry?

Self-cleaning/photocatalytic properties are known since the 1960s, but they have only recently been widely exploited. The first application was on the church ‘‘Dives in Misericordia” in Rome. It is composed of 346 self-cleaning concrete...
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What is photocatalysis and how does it work?

Photocatalysis is the activity occurring when a light source interacts with the surface of semiconductor materials, the so called photocatalysts. During this process, there must be at least two simultaneous reactions occurring, oxidation...
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Examining Building Renovation Passports

by Marine Faber (BPIE)   Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a strong, long-time advocate for bringing building performance data to the market and using it alongside other tools such as audits, to help building owners identify...
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Where can I find information about best practices on innovative financing for energy efficiency?

Previous experience of the Member States has shown that conventional financing is not enough for meeting their energy and environmental targets and access to attractive and adequate financing products from the market is needed.   Public...
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What kind of innovative financing mechanisms have been invented so far?

For many years now Member States have engaged in energy transition. This long experience has shown that conventional financing is not enough and financing sustainable energy measures remains a great challenge. For this reason, access to...
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What is the Juncker Plan?

The Juncker Plan is also known as The Investment Plan for Europe.   It was proposed by the European Commission in November 2014, following the European Council's call in June 2014 for the low levels of investment in the EU to be...
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Behind the green building blueprints of JPMorgan, Boston Scientific and Salesforce

by Heather Clancy     One of the largest commercial LED lighting installations projects in the world — the retrofit of more than 4,500 JPMorgan Chase branches by General Electric's energy division, Current — started life as a proposal...
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UHI Project - Decision Support System (DSS)

Decision Support System (DSS) is a software developed within the context of the UHI (Urban Heat Island) project, implemented through the CENTRAL EUROPE Programme co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is a...
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IEA- Energy Efficiency Indicators database

The Energy Efficiency Indicators database contains annual data from 2000 to 2015, covering end use energy consumption for 8 energy products, end use energy efficiency indicators, and carbon intensity indicators for 4 sectors (residential,...
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Mandatory post occupancy evaluations on government projects demand clear strategy on performance and handover

  by Gary Clark     The first of April 2016 marked the start of a quiet revolution in public sector procurement. On that date Building Information Management (BIM) became mandatory for all public funded buildings over 2000m². What many...
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CERtuS SE²T: Εργαλείο Οικονομικής Αξιολόγησης

Το Εργαλείο Οικονομικής Αξιολόγησης (CERtuS SE²T) αναπτύχθηκε στο πλαίσιο του προγράμματος CERtuS . Είναι ένα φιλικό στη χρήση του και κατατοπιστικό εργαλείο πάνω σε ζητήματα χρηματοδότησης, το οποίο απευθύνεται κυρίως στις αρχές τοπικής...
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CERtuS SE²T: Simplified Economic Evaluation Tool

The Simplified Economic Evaluation Tool (CERtuS SE²T) has been developed under the CERtuS Project. It is a user-friendly and informative tool on financing issues, addressed principally to Municipalities but also to building owners that...
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EnergySavingCheck 3.0: Savings check - electricity, heating, water

The EnergySavingCheck 3.0 is a calculation tool developed to estimate a household’s energy and water consumption and savings. It was first introduced by Caritasverband Frankfurt e.V, Germany for the EU-funded project ACHIEVE and it is...
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Affordable solutions to overcome the challenges in urban housing

by Christine Marlet (Eurogypsum aisbl)   Europe is the most urbanised continent outside of the Americas, with 73% of the current population living in urban environments; this is expected to rise to 80% by 2050. The largest challenge for...
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New eceee explanatory note illustrates why EPBD must focus on energy needs

eceee press release, 30 November 2017: The European council for an energy efficient economy (eceee) believes that energy efficiency first means that energy needs should be reduced as far as possible in order to avoid wasting energy from...