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EU bids on standardisation to boost building energy efficiency – notes form EUSEW 2017

In June 2017, the EUSEW 2017 Policy Conference dedicated its over 60 sessions to the several facets of the Clean Energy for All European package. Among them, the session “The role of standardisation towards higher Energy Performance of...
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Updating 2050 roadmap for carbon-neutrality should become EU goal

EU to aim for 100% emission cuts in new ‘mid-century roadmap’   By Frédéric Simon Original source: EURACTIV     The European Commission is preparing an update of its low-carbon economy roadmap for 2050, acknowledging that the bloc’s...
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Indoor Air Pollution: Natural Ways To Improve Air Quality Indoors

When people think about pollution, what often comes to mind is the poor air quality in urban areas. While breathing in polluted air outdoors can have adverse effects on our health, the air that we breathe indoors can also impact our health...
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EPB standards are important. Will they be effective?

In August 2017, after almost 7 years from the issue of mandate M/480, the EPB standards were finally published, thus becoming the national standards in force in EU Member States and in the countries within the European Free Trade...
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#H2020Buildings: showcase your best practices!

The fourth week of our #H2020Buildings promotion has just come to an end!   With the Twitter hashtag #H2020Buildings, the BUILD UP team promotes European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 framework in a thematic manner.   Five...
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What's on heating & Cooling? #H2020Buildings campaign

We are now in the third week of the #h2020Buildings campaign on Twitter, highlighting some European funded projects related to heating and cooling; namely   Cheap GSHPs  Cool Heating  CREATE Project  Hotmaps PlanHeat  progRESsHEAT...
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EURECA Tool

The EURECA Tool, developed in the framework of the H2020 funded Datacenter EURECA Project, is a web-based platform that helps public procurers and data centre professionals self-assess the energy efficiency and profile of their data...
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#H2020Buildings: showcase your best practices !

Keep in touch with your favourite projects during August !    With our Twitter hashtag #H2020Buildings, our BUILD UP team promotes European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 framework in a thematic manner.   Five weeks, five...
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What is the Western Balkans Investment Framework?

  The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) was launched in 2009 by a coalition of institutions, donor countries and financial organisations. It aims to help the Western Balkan countries, (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo,...
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How to support energy efficiency in Western Balkans?

Energy saving has been identified as strategic priority to ease energy intensity in the six countries (WB6) of the Western Balkans. The WB6 countries are members of the Energy Community, whose mission is to extend the EU internal energy...
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Home Energy Saving Kit

Tools for householders to manage their domestic energy use     Dublin’s energy agency, Codema, is making it easier for the public to understand how their home uses energy and to identify possible savings. With Dublin City Public...
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Is there a difference between “shall” and “should” in the EPBD?

In the Energy Performance for Buildings Directive (EPBD), “shall” is used in article 9, whereas “should” is used in article 2:   Article 9 of the EPBD states that: “Member States shall ensure that by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are...
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What are “infringement procedures” by the European Commission?

There are many BUILD UP news items referring to infringement, e.g.: http://www.buildup.eu/en/search/infringement   According to the EU treaties, the European Commission may take legal action – an infringement procedure – against an EU...
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European Energy Union: Must Do Better!

by Philipp Fink, Antoine Guillou and Robert Schachtschneider, 12 July 2017       As the EU goes through troubled times, there is a crucial need to identify core policies that affect every one of its citizens. Considering energy policy...
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Energie Label Atlas

The Energy Labels Atlas (Energie Label Atlas) puts all buildings in The Netherlands and their respective energy labels on an online interactive map. Developed by Waag Society and Touch Software Applications, for the foundation “Meer Met...
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AIE, AREA and GCP Europe Joint Position Paper on the EPBD review

On 22 June 2017, AIE, AREA and GCP Europe released the following joint position paper:       The AIE (European Association of electrical contracting companies), AREA (European association of refrigeration, air conditioning and heat...
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EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit

EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit: Value and Risk Appraisal for Energy Efficiency Financing   The EEFIG Underwriting Toolkit is designed to assist financial institutions to scale up their deployment of capital into energy efficiency. The...
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Revision of the EPBD - What could change regarding the inspection of heating and air conditioning systems?

In the European Commission's proposal for a revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, released on 30 November 2016, substantial changes are proposed as regards the inspection of heating and air conditioning systems.   The...
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New energy labels for appliances seen as boon for consumers

By Zoran Radosavljevic (EURACTIV)     The European Parliament approved on Tuesday (June 13) the introduction of new energy labels for household appliances, which MEPs and industry experts said should enable consumers to save money and...
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Trouvez un professionnel RGE

This tool is available on the website "Rénovation Info Service", owned by the French Ministry of Housing. It allows to identify companies that have got the label "RGE - Reconnu Garant de l'Environnement". The energy renovation works are...