Building occupants

EU-MERCI stands for EU coordinated MEthods and procedures based on Real Cases for the effective implementation of policies and measures supporting energy efficiency in the Industry. Its main aim has been to provide industrial enterprises and policy makers with best practices and tools to increase the competiveness of the EU industry by improving the efficient use of energy.  
Post date: 12 Mar 2019
Type: Link

This spring, a global community of changemakers will convene in Seattle to turn ideas into action at the 2019 Living Future unConference. This event brings together a diverse group of leaders – from the AEC Community, Manufacturers, Government + Non-profit, and Owners + Developers – collaborating in pursuit of transformative action. Featuring 50+ sessions and keynotes from Bill McKibben and other climate leaders, the unConference is a chance to come together and continue the momentum that we have built toward creating regenerative and healthy communities.
Post date: 11 Mar 2019
Type: Event

In the EU, the main use of energy by households is for heating their homes, and is therefore highly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. District heating has proven to be a convenient and sustainable way to recover energy  
Post date: 9 Mar 2019
Type: News

The building façade not only provides the aesthetic signature of a building, but also important functions, such as daylight provision, glare protection, solar gain management and visual contact with the outside, which make the building usable and energy efficient. These functions often oppose each other, so the selection and design of façade systems and their control for a certain building application should depend on those functions that the designer wants to promote to the detriment of the other functions.
Post date: 8 Mar 2019
Type: Publication

Energy use in European buildings is still around 40 % of the total final energy use. Decarbonisation of power and heat are high on the agenda of EU Member States. Present initiatives by governments for a proper energy transition are based on reducing energy use, increased use of renewable energy resources and making the energy infrastructure more intelligent (SRI as mentioned in the EPBD).  
Post date: 6 Mar 2019
Type: Event

The consumer’s behaviour regarding their own energy needs will change in the future. Energy users won’t just be simple electricity, gas or heat consumers anymore but prosumers who produce energy through, for example, photovoltaic panels (a.k.a: solar panels) installed on or around their houses and using innovative equipment such as heat pumps, energy storage devices (i.e: batteries) and electric vehicles that will interact with the energy market through different pricing mechanisms such as time variable tariffs.
Post date: 5 Mar 2019
Type: News

In 2017, renewable energy accounted for 19.5 % of the total energy used for heating and cooling in the European Union. This is a significant increase from 10.4 % in 2004. Increases in industrial sectors, services and households contributed to this growth. Aerothermal, geothermal and hydrothermal heat energy captured by heat pumps was also taken into account if reported by countries.  
Post date: 5 Mar 2019
Type: News

Renovating a building can be complex and time consuming. For building owners, the lack of knowledge about what to do, and in which order to implement renovation measures, is one of the main obstacles to improving the energy performance of their building.
Post date: 5 Mar 2019
Type: News

The Oxygen Office Building project, ideally located in the city of Brussels between the Royal Park and the Squares District, and between the Arts-Loi and Maelbeek metro stations, aimed the construction of a new low footprint office building replacing one that had become obsolete.   Thanks to a staggering of the roofs, the new building joins the different reference heights of neighboring buildings. The roof also serves of support for a green roof as well as for a high yield photovoltaic production (112m² - 22.5 kWp).
Post date: 5 Mar 2019
Type: Case

The annual rate of home and commercial building renovation is well under the 3% required to achieve European climate and energy goals. There is a need to accelerate investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions to boost cost-effective building renovation benefiting all Europeans.  
Post date: 4 Mar 2019
Type: Event