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US: General Services Administration invests $4 billion in Green Recovery Act construction projects nationwide

"By delivering on-time and under-budget on these green retrofit projects, we're not only making more cost-saving building improvements than anticipated, but creating new opportunities for more than 500 companies nationwide," said Vice...

US: Rebound in energy efficiency spending predicted by new research

"Our research shows attention to energy efficiency is continuing its growth among business leaders," said Dave Myers, president of Johnson Controls Building Efficiency business. "Commercial buildings consume 18 percent of the energy and 35...

UK survey: One in ten home owners want to include energy efficiency in the improvement of their property

Kitchen extensions were the most popular home improvement (13%), closely followed by conservatories (12%) and attic conversions (10%). Shelter and RIBA released the research to coincide with the launch this week of Architect in the House,...

Scotland: Environmentally friendly family wins award

The Future Friendly Awards is a nationwide search for communities and families who are making a real difference by championing sustainability and environmentally friendly practices. Judith McDermid, along with husband George and children...

US: New Guidelines for Energy Star Homes

The updated requirements will ensure that the government’s Energy Star label continues to deliver a significant increase in energy efficiency over homes that are built to code and standard builder business practices. These guidelines will...

Council adopts position at first reading on the energy performance of buildings directive

The proposal forms part of the so-called "energy efficiency package" (1), presented by the Commission in November 2008 with the aim of contributing to the EU's target of reducing 20% of the energy consumption and having a 20% share of...

GreenLight and GreenBuilding EU awards: winners save up to 85% of their energy consumption

"We congratulate the winners of these awards. Whether public or private sector, they are all living proof that organisations which invest and innovate in energy efficiency can bring immense benefits to themselves while making a leading-...

Environment: Six finalists vie for title of European Green Capital 2012 and 2013

More documentation required Applicant cities have been asked to provide information on a variety of indicator areas with regards to their present environmental status and results, what they are doing to improve the urban living conditions...

Higher electricity efficiency in new and existing clinic buildings - "Hospital plus" research project

The “Entwerfen von Krankenhäusern und Bauten des Gesundheitswesens” department at the Technische Universität Berlin will be carrying out this project, which is part of the “Energy-Optimised Construction” (EnOB) focal area in the German...

Do you Speak Sustainable Construction?

Brussels, 24 March 2010 – ‘Achieving intelligent energy in cities by speaking the same language’ was the theme of the event jointly organised today by the Architects Council of Europe and the European Concrete Platform.  The two...

France: 100000 zero-interest loans for building energy renovations

Last Call for Applications: European Energy Service Award 2009

Application deadline: 30th of April 2010 Apply now at http://www.european-energy-service-initiative.net/de/195.html Further information and application documents are available at http://www.european-energy-service-initiative.net/de/195....

International conference on energy efficient renovation in residential building sector: 28th-29th June, 2010 in Budapest, Hungary

Sustainability is high on the global agenda and climate programmes require sustainable building in order to reduce CO2 emissions and save fossil fuels. Municipalities, housing corporations and other building administrators are seeking...

UK: Funding for decentralised heating schemes

A joint initiative between the national housing and regeneration agency, CLG and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), LCIF enables new and existing homes to be connected to low carbon community heating networks that use more...

Informationsportal "Energetische Gebäudebilanzierung" gestartet

Um eine hohe Qualität der Informationen zu sichern, hat die dena ein breites Netzwerk aus Experten aufgebaut. Die Beantwortung der Anfragen erfolgt unter Einbindung qualifizierte Fachleute aus den Normungskreisen. Nach erfolgreicher...

Scotland tightens the energy performance requirements for new buildings by 30 percent

The Building Standards Technical Handbook, published on April 6, 2010 and which comes into force in October 1, 2010, confirms:Enhanced energy standards for new buildings - both homes and non-domestic - which will reduce emissions by 30 per...

Document on the Council's position regarding the EPBD recast now available in 23 languages

For the English version click here.

CECODHAS–Housing Europe launches new "POWER HOUSE" service to boost networking between the 39,000 affiliated housing providers throughout the EU

This CECODHAS-Housing Europe led initiative is supported by the Intelligent Energy Europe programme now has an official on-line home at www.powerhouseeurope.eu. The new site provides space for organizations to upload case studies and an on...

CECODHAS- Housing Europe in Poland for 'City 2010 - Energy Efficiency in Cities'

The conference was supported by European Parliament’s URBAN intergroup and hosted by the group’s president Jan Olbryct in cooperation with the Polish the Europe is simple” association, the City of Katowice and the Association of Polish...

Summary of the CECODHAS workshop on building refurbishment at the 2010 World Sustainable Energy Days

Refurbishments should also be cost-effective - many of CECODHAS-Housing Europe members have raised concerns about studies which maintain that investments can always be recovered in the short term through reductions in energy bills alone,...