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Report on EU implementation of nZEBs

The EU H2020 project CRAVEzero ( Cost Reduction and market Acceleration for ViablE nearly zero-energy buildings) focuses on proven and new approaches to reduce the costs of nZEBs at all stages of the life cycle. The primary goal is to identify and...
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#EUSEW2018:a week of ideas and innovation; find out next events!

The sustainable energy transition is the key for an EU energy sector carbon neutral and a competitive, flexible, integrated market, responsive to consumer demands. ‘Lead the clean energy transition’ has been the topic of EUSEW2018...
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Level(s): towards an holistic approach to sustainable architecture and construction

On 25 June, in collaboration with BUILD UP, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) organised a webinar to invite architects to engage with piloting the Level(s) scheme. The event was moderated by Dr. Judit Kimpian, Chair of the ACE...
With resource consumption in the EU reaching ever more unsustainable levels, DG Environment, together with DG Grow and DG Energy, developed a reporting scheme to help the construction sector quantify and mitigate its impact. The resulting...
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The business case for healthy buildings: insights from early adopters

Inspired by a growing body of evidence that healthy buildings can have a positive effect on both human health and real estate performance, this report highlights the key certification standards in use in the marketplace, explores recent...
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Navarra constructs over 500 energy efficient homes for social housing

The region of Navarra is building over 500 nearly zero-energy building (NZEB) units to provide affordable and energy efficient homes for their citizens. Nearly zero-energy buildings have very low energy consumption due to their design and...
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Cost Efficient Options and Financing Mechanisms for nearly Zero Energy Renovation of existing Building Stock

This publishable report integrates all the knowledge gained from the CERtuS project in an easy-to-use hand book that aims to inform the CERtuS target groups and the wider public about the Project achievements. It is addressed principally...
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Inter-laboratory Comparison of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lamps

This Inter-laboratory Comparison testing project is one of a series of efficient lighting compliance activities under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Global Environment Facility (GEF) en.lighten initiative project “Securing...
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Energy efficiency in buildings: how to accelerate investments?

This conference, which took place on 11 December 2017, was co-organised by the European Commission and the French Ministry of Ecological & Solidary Transition, in partnership with UN Environment Finance Initiative (UNEPFI), the Energy...
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European project leads to new standard for photovoltaic classification

The findings of the EURAMET ENG55 PhotoClass Project, which involved a consortium of six European National Metrology Institutes (NMIs), the Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana (Switzerland), TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH...
European researchers developed a new classification system for photovoltaic (PV) devices, which can be used to reliably estimate their efficiency under real operating conditions.
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The Future of Cooling: Opportunities for energy efficient air conditioning

Cooling down is catching on. As incomes rise and populations grow, especially in the world’s hotter regions, the use of air conditioners is becoming increasingly common. In fact, the use of air conditioners and electric fans already...