News & Events

Internet information session on good building practice for thermal bridges offered on January 19, 2010

Cost and registration:The participation to the web event is free, but requires you to register for the event. The web event will be limited to a maximum of 200 persons. The session will take place on January 19, 2010 from 10:00 to 12:00 (...

German federal state Baden-Württemberg requires renewable energy also for heating system renovations

Alternative measures include additional insulation of the building envelope. With the renewable heat act for renovations the responsible Minister for the Environment, Tanja Gönner, is expecting an impulse for the renewable energy industry...

Registration for the IEE European Info Day (Brussels, 3 February) is open

Languages: Presentations will be given in English. There will be simultaneous translation into French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.Date: 3 February 2010 Place: Charlemagne Building of the European Commission, Rue de la Loi 170,...

RICS analysis of the draft of EPBD recast

New website from the US Department of Energy to bring energy technology information to the public

US National Laboratory to build net-zero building test facility

Link and comments to the Copenhagen Accord

The Copenhagen Accord: http://unfccc.int/resource/docs/2009/cop15/eng/l07.pdf World leaders welcome the Copenhagen Accord: http://en.cop15.dk/news/view+news?newsid=3080 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon: http://en.cop15.dk/news/...

Which football club is the greenest?

And with the Darts turning out in the Isthmian Premier, European football – and the polluting long-haul flights that accompany it – is not an issue. Indeed, the geographical nature of the division also keeps a check on the club's carbon...

Energy efficiency of Britain’s public buildings leaves much to be desired

“This data presents a few home truths,” says Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council. “Our public building stock is leaking like a sieve, with an enormous carbon footprint and energy bills to match.” He says that the...

USA: Six States Chosen for Building Efficiency Retrofit Academy

"Most energy efficiency efforts have focused on new construction or the low-income sector only, often ignoring the substantial energy savings available by retrofitting existing buildings," said John Thomasian, director of the NGA Center...

SB Alliance annual General Assembly to be held end of January

Low carbon Christmas could save UK economy £70m

Turning off office equipment over the Christmas period could save UK business £70 million in costs and slash over 450 thousand tonnes of carbon. Figures released by the Carbon Trust today show switching off non-essential kit over the...

UK: Code for Sustainable Homes to be overhauled

The Code for Sustainable Homes was introduced in April 2007 as a standard to improve the overall sustainability of new homes. 'The Code' scores against a star rating system, using one to six stars depending on how the property performs...

European Commission and European Investment Bank launch European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA) facility

Urban areas represent around 70% of the energy consumption of the EU yet the potential for sustainable energy related investments remains largely untapped. The ELENA facility aims at helping cities and regions implement viable investment...

EIB partners with KfW, others, to launch South East Europe Energy Efficiency Fund

The Fund will invest in Southeast Europe and Turkey, namely in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. It aims to contribute to the economic and...

Energy efficiency for new and existing buildings: record in German funding in 2009

The improvement of the energy performance of nearly 550000 residential units has been financially supported. The new structure of the funding system following the ratio of the energy performance compared to a regular building has proven...

Leading examples of public buildings: German Reichstag receives certificate with excellent energy performance

The German Ministry for Transport, Building and Urban Affairs contracted Fraunhofer-IBP in cooperation with the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning and the company Megawatt to issue an energy certificate based on calculations...

Raising the efficiency of boiler installations

The first market approach is called 'Quality Declaration'. The declaration provides a checklist of quality criteria for outstanding boiler installations. It will be issued by installers and should form part of contracts with end consumers...

Commission launches consultation on EU 2020: a new strategy to make the EU a smarter, greener social market

The deadline for responses to the consultation is 15 January 2010. The new Commission will then make a detailed proposal to the Spring European Council. To view the consultation document and send your comments please go to: http://ec....

COP 15 side event "Joining forces: engaging civil society to combat climate change". Copenhagen, December 18, 2009