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How renewables could change global geopolitics: a report by IRENA

Political and business leaders from around the world have outlined the far-reaching geopolitical implications of an energy transformation driven by the rapid growth of renewable energy. A report recently launched by the International...
The report was launched by the Commission at IRENA’s ninth Assembly in the presence of ministers and senior policy makers from more than 150 countries.
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Rannaliiva in Vöru: building retrofitting during the RenoZEB Project

Project name: Rannaliiva Location: Vöru/Estonia, Liiva 26a Owner: Apartment association “Rannaliiva” Built in: late '80s   Construction characteristics: Facade/external wall: Clay brick and light blocks; (U value [W/m2.K]): U=0,8 W/m2.K...
RenoZEB aims to unlock the nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) renovation market by increasing property value through a new systemic approach to retrofitting. This will include innovative components, and processes and decision making...
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Europe’s local energy challenges: stories from 17 multi city workshops

The workshops aimed to explore the role of the Social Sciences & Humanities (SSH) in meeting local or regional energy challenges: how do those working in energy at the local level feel SSH understandings could help them in their work?...
SHAPE ENERGY is Europe’s Platform for the energy-related Social Sciences & Humanities (energy-SSH) running over 2017-2019. A central component of the Platform’s work has been the organisation of 17 city workshops across 17 European...
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Potenza pilot: Santa Lucia escalator and swimming pool of Montereale Sport Park

The Potenza pilot site is aimed at demonstrating the achievable advantages (primary energy, peak shaving, reduction of energy bills) by the Municipality in two different sites: a swimming pool, where a 165 kW CHP is able to provide about...
The PEGASUS Interreg MED project (Promoting Effective Generation and Sustainable USes of electricity) aims to give evidence of the feasibility of microgrids acting on technical or administrative obstacles which are hindering the use of...
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Preko Pilot: Olive oil mill building and PV

The Municipality of Preko is a small island community situated on Preko Island. In 2015, the municipality adopted Strategies of Sustainable Development where it is stated that one of the goals is long-term energy efficiency and promotion...
The PEGASUS Interreg MED project (Promoting Effective Generation and Sustainable USes of electricity) aims to give evidence of the feasibility of microgrids acting on technical or administrative obstacles which are hindering the use of...
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Greek Pilot: Mega Evydrio solution

The Greek pilot site is located in the Municipality of Farsala in the area of Mega Evydrio (Thessaly Region), and consists of public, commercial and private buildings and facilities.   The number and type of consumers in the area (...
The PEGASUS Interreg MED project (Promoting Effective Generation and Sustainable USes of electricity) aims to give evidence of the feasibility of microgrids acting on technical or administrative obstacles which are hindering the use of...
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One-stop-shops for energy renovations of buildings

The “One-stop-shops for energy renovations of buildings” report is the exploratory review of case studies of past and current one-stop-shops (OSS) with a primary focus on the EU Member States. One-stop-shops are transparent and accessible...
This report offers a comparative review, but only limited analysis. A second report will follow with a deeper analytical assessment of the role of one-stop-shops (OSS) in the energy efficiency market, and in the energy system policy...
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Improving energy and resource efficiency in the European Construction Sector

The European Union has set out ambitions targets for energy efficiency and climate change over the coming decades. These targets have major implications for the construction sector, in terms of its overall resource efficiency and...
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OVERVIEW | How is the EU supporting BIM and ICT development in the buildings sector?

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is the process of creating and managing information digitally across a building life-cycle. This information included in the model is not just the 3D geometrical data such as width, height, and depth,...
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Behaviour change for energy efficiency: a policy brief from the Policy Learning Platform on Low-carbon economy

Behavioural issues need to be considered in all aspects of the energy transition, from improving awareness of the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energies, to making sure that technologies are easy to use, and that financial...
Whilst major investments are being made into new technologies and materials for improving energy efficiency, there are a number of human-related factors that also need to be addressed. Strategies and targets need to be in line with the...
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ESCO renovation model of the hospital in Karlovac Croatia

The project is part of the 2014-2015 Programme of Energy Renovation of Public Sector Buildings, adopted by the Croatian Government in 2013. This Programme has generated 57 public procurement procedures for the provision of EPC, 21 signed...
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Typical Meteorological Year data sets for building energy performance

This article presents a method to generate Typical Meteorological Year (TMY) data sets for use in calculations of the energy performance of buildings, based on satellite derived solar radiation data and other meteorological parameters...
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Benchmarks for environmental impact of housing in Europe: archetypes and LCA of the residential building stock

The study describes the results of a full LCA applied to 24 statistically-based dwelling archetypes, representative of the EU housing stock in 2010.   The aim is to quantify the average environmental impacts related to housing in Europe...
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Energy Savings Scenarios 2050, a study commissioned by The Coalition for Energy Savings

As part of its internal reflection on the development of a 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision, the Coalition for Energy Savings has commissioned Fraunhofer ISI to assess the potential for energy savings by 2050 under three different scenarios....
This study was commissioned by The Coalition for Energy Savings as part of the project “Developing a 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision”. The project is financed by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI).
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EU energy market reports on 2018 third quarter

The European Commission’s latest reports on gas and electricity markets, which cover the third quarter of 2018, contains a wide range of data about supply and usage of electricity and gas in the EU.   The electricity market report...
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ENERFUND – A tool to identify building energy retrofit opportunities

The ENERFUND tool aims to scale up investments in deep renovation of buildings across Europe. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, it provides key stakeholders such as financing institutions, energy service companies...
By Alexandros G. Charalambides, Cyprus University of Technology.
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EU Building Stock Observatory

In recent years energy efficiency of the building stock has been recognised as a significant route to contribute towards meeting the European Union’s energy targets, by reducing energy demand and associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions....
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NZEB: Concepts, frameworks and roadmap for project analysis and implementation

Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB): Concepts, Frameworks and Roadmap for Project Analysis and Implementation provides readers with the elements they need to understand, combine and contextualize design decisions on Net Zero Energy Buildings...
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Climate change: trees to the rescue

Bringing nature back into cities can help fight global warming.   Fighting climate change is the challenge of the century. The last UN Environment Emissions Gap Report warned that, in order to ensure global warming stays below 2°C, efforts...
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Global warming of 1.5°C IPCC Special Report

This report was presented by IPCC the 4th of December 2018 at Katowice’s COP 24   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Report_on_Global_Warming_of_1.5_%C2%B0C   An IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-...
The IPCC prepares comprehensive Assessment Reports about knowledge on climate change, its causes, potential impacts and response options. The IPCC also produces Special Reports, which are an assessment on a specific issue and Methodology...