Topic of the Month

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In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of November our topic is ‘Certification and Energy Labelling’.


Which content is related to the topic?:

  • Cost-effective solutions and co-benefits for new nZEBs as partners of energy system
  • Certification schemes in the EU Member States
  • Level (s) Building sustainability performance
  • Sustainability Assessment (LEED, BREAM, WELL, Living Building Challenge)
  • Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI)
  • Building Renovation Passport

Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:


Overview Articles


Finance and Investment challenges presented in the 8th edition of Renovate Europe’s REDay. Energy use and efficiency and the 40% of it concerning construction and buildings are key elements of the equation, so does the existing building stock, which needs to drastically reduce its current energy demand.This is what has inspired the Renovate Europe campaign launched in 2011.




flyer.jpgConference Sustainable Building: Level(s) – Bringing Buildings into the Circular Economy. Level(s) will explore the growing support across Europe for Level(s), the European Commission’s new sustainable building reporting framework which aims to provide the insights that will shape future building sector policy. Join to network with who is shaping the future of EU building sector policy.


The human dimension of building energy performance. The conference will gather researchers, professionals and practitioners to present and discuss the latest research on this topic. The human factor affects the energy performance over the building life cycle. The incorporation of behavioral insights into the building design and operation is starting to be recognized as a key topic.


Final conference ENERFUND project - New technologies and open data. The final will adress new technologies and open data can enhance ambition and implementation of climate and energy policies. The event will then delve into energy efficiency and climate financing trends, new models and issues as seen by leading financial institutions, and feature presentations from policy makers.




Webinar on New EPBD tools to trigger renovations: building renovation passports and better access to financing. EuroACE will present the final version of its Guidance Note in a series of webinars in cooperation with BUILD UP. The second webinar of the series adressed the new EPBD tools to trigger renovations: building renovation passports and better access to financing.


Webinar on Demand Response Technology Readiness Levels for Energy Management. Organized by the H2020 project DR-BOB (Demand Response in Block of Buildings) in collaboration with BUILD UP, the webinar addressed the demand response technology readiness levels for energy management in blocks of buildings. The webinar recording and the presentation are available now.


ENERINTOOL: a tool for financing sustainable energy projects. ENERINVEST aims to become the Spanish National Platform for financing Sustainable Energy Projects. Within the ENERINVEST project, the ENERINTOOL tool has been developed to enable stakeholder in finding the best financing scheme for sustainable energy projects, or the most appropriate project to invest.




Green Building Councils urge European Commission to recognise unparalleled potential of the built environment sector in delivering a climate neutral Europe. Over 20 countries from the WorldGBC Europe have signed an open letter urging the European Commission to recognise the vital role of the built environment sector in delivering a climate neutral Europe. 


COP24: Time to address the building and construction sector’s total emissions impact. As nations all over the globe tackle operational emissions from buildings, we must challenge ourselves to address our sector’s total emissions impact if we are to deliver a truly net zero carbon building stock. COP24 must mark the beginning of a major global campaign to take on this challenge.


RESTORE Training School 2019: call for trainees. COST RESTORE Training School will enable you to learn, explore, evaluate and takeaway knowledge of the thinking, tools, techniques and approaches that will enable regenerative construction for your project, clients, in business, research and studies. Open to professionals, researchers, PhD and master students with relevant skills.




resalta.jpgEmbodied carbon reduction in 100+ regulations and rating systems globally. The Embodied Carbon Review reports the results of how embodied carbon is addressed in certifications and regulations globally. This research was conducted by Bionova Ltd and sponsored by Saint-Gobain, Stora Enso, Finnish Ministry of the Environment and the Finnish Transport Agency.


resalta.jpgResearch&Innovation enabling the EU's energy transition. The European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan) aims at accelerating the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies, at improving new technologies and at bringing down their costs, by coordinating national research efforts and facilitating financing of projects in the energy sector.


Ex-post assessment of Public Private Partnership: a guide for public authorities. This report is to help public authorities who are responsible for implementing and monitoring PPPs or for devising PPP policy to define and plan ex-ante those performance indicators that will demonstrate that the objectives have been accomplished, with the data required as supporting evidence.




theodore.jpgObvion Green Storm : Pioneering RMBS Green Mortgage project NL. Obvion NV is a residential mortgage provider in the Dutch market. In 2016, Obvion issued Europe's first 100% green RMBS, meaning the assets backing the bond are green residential mortgages, ie. linked to energy efficient homes, and that the proceeds of the bond issuance will finance those green mortgages.


theodore.jpgGuaranteed savings through EPC in Sports & Fitness Centres of Dublin. Dublin City Council awarded Ireland’s first local authority Energy Performance Contract (EPC) project to Noel Lawler Green Energy Solutions. Working closely with the Dublin Energy Agency Codema, the project will save the council up to €100,000 on its energy and maintenance costs per year. 




palette.jpgEuroPACE: Innovative Building Renovation Platform for European Cities. PACE can be used to pay for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation upgrades to homes and buildings. PACE financing covers up to 100% of a project’s costs and is repaid as a special assessment added to a property tax bill over a term of up to 20 years. 


palette.jpgSINFONIA project. This is a five-year initiative to deploy large-scale, integrated and scalable energy solutions in mid-sized European cities. At the heart of the initiative is a unique cooperation between the cities of Bolzano and Innsbruck, working hand in hand to achieve 40 to 50% primary energy savings and increase the share of renewables by 20% in two pioneer districts.


palette.jpgCommONEnergy project. Focuses on existing shopping malls to be refurbished and buildings with a different original function, redesigned to become shopping malls. The project addresses the transformation of typical shopping centres as lighthouses of energy efficient architectures and systems as well as assessment transparency. 


Get ready for January's Topic of the Month 'New buildings as front runners for nZEB and plusEnergy building (partner of energy system)' and prepare your next publications.


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