In July, the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee released a report which was highly critical of the current lack of progress in building energy efficiency work, particularly in England. The report urged a seven-fold increase in the installation rate. “A major upgrade of the energy performance of the UK’s entire building stock will be a fundamental pillar of any credible strategy to reach net zero emissions, to address fuel poverty and cut energy bills,” the committee told the government.”
Post date: 17 Aug 2020
This year, the 24th annual International Passive House Conference will take place online for the very first time! The conference will run from 20 September to 8 October 2020 and includes a multitude of lectures, workshops and building tours! All sessions will be recorded and can be accessed again after the conference between 10 October and 1 November 2020. You can now discover the programme here.
Post date: 13 Aug 2020
Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) are contractual arrangements typically between a building owner and an energy service company (‘ESCO’), where the ESCO invests in energy efficiency measures and guarantees energy savings over the duration of the contract. By linking compensation to the performance of the implemented projects, the client pays for actual savings and not for the investment.
Post date: 4 Aug 2020
The website of the Renovate Europe Campaign presents a huge number of building renovation best practices across Europe. The scope is to provide a set of exemplary case studies to be further replicated in order to boost the building renovation rates among the EU Member States towards the reduction of 80% of energy demand by 2050.
Post date: 28 Jul 2020
Abstract: Often there is a significant difference between the actually measured and theoretically calculated energy use. The deviation between the two can be a result of errors in design, construction or commissioning, due to the technical performance of building components and installations that don’t meet the design requirements. But equally, incorrect assumptions in the calculation can largely affect the results, for example the user influence that is simulated in a different way.
Post date: 17 Jul 2020
Join us on Friday 17 July, 2020 at 10:30 for our last SINFONIA "Smart City Talks" webinar to learn more about the experience of our lighthouse city Bolzano in deploying smart urban services for its citizens!
Post date: 9 Jul 2020
The European Commission has proposed a €1.85 trillion recovery plan to help the European Union exit the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. How some of this money will be spent will be defined in national Recovery and Resilience Plans, which national governments must prepare to access the funding. Within this context, financing building renovation is one of the smartest moves national governments could make and will respond to societal and environmental needs and urgencies.
Post date: 8 Jul 2020
Coronavirus economic stimulus packages need to consider all facets of sustainable development, otherwise we risk creating even greater disasters for ourselves in the future.
Energy efficiency must be an integral part of any economic recovery efforts. Doing so will create jobs, reduce energy bills, stimulate SMEs, support electrification and reduce GHG emissions.
Post date: 7 Jul 2020
The building "L'Etape" was built in the early 1960s in the city of Charity sur Loire. It is a social housing building and the renovation aims to create spaces for temporary houses, training and short-term activities organized by the municipality.
The existing building presents a rectangular form on 4 levels and a total floor area of around 502m².
Post date: 2 Jul 2020
This Paper sets out the initial EuroACE views in the framework of the stakeholder feedback sought by the European Commission by 8th June on its Roadmap on the Renovation Wave. A more detailed and extensive response will be published in the framework of the upcoming Public Consultation on the topic.
Post date: 2 Jul 2020