Environmental issues related to buildings

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Financial viability of NZEBs through AdoRes : Abracadabra financial tools and lessons learnt to support the building energy revolution

ABRACADABRA team is glad to invite you to the webinar “Financial viability of NZEBs through AdoRES: ABRACADABRA financial tools and lessons learnt to support the building energy revolution”

31 January 2019 at 10:00-11:30 CET.

The webinar aims at answering the following questions :””How AdoRES can trigger – at a Financial standpoint – the Deep Renovation of Buildings towards NZEBs?”.   During the webinar, the Financial tools developed in the framework of...
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Towards elections: which future for EU-backed nature-based solutions (NBS)?

The EU has heavily invested in projects to renature cities. After the European elections, a new executive will head the EU. What will happen to the NBS policy?   The so-called "nature-based solutions" (NBS) are the latest trend in the...
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Energiewende twinning towns: sharing knowledge and experience. Apply now!

The project “Energiewende twinning towns” is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office and carried out by the Renewables Energies Agency and the Humboldt-Viadrina Governance Platform. It aims at...
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Energy sufficiency and rebound effects

This concept paper discusses how energy sufficiency and the rebound effect interact. Rebound effects can constrain the energy savings from energy efficiency improvements. The paper examines the nature of these...

The concept of energy sufficiency is gaining increasing attention as a potentially promising approach to mitigating climate change. However, there is no single agreed definition of energy sufficiency. Some authors consider...
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Greencities 2019 Cities in Progress - 10th Forum of Urban Intelligence and Sustainability

Greencities is the meeting point of all the agents involved in Smart Cities construction. It is the forum to talk about future cities, and it is an initiative shared among institutions...

Project creation, personal networking, the offering of services, the sharing of experiences and the reaching of inspirations is possible on Smart Cities development. Any possibility of building a future becomes real in Greencities...
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Sustainable use of biomass in the residential sector

This report has been prepared in support of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR).

In the framework of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR), biomass burning for heat production in households has emerged as a major issue where a better balance between “decarbonisation” benefits and negative impacts on air quality...
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What is a Nearly zero energy building? Overview, implementation and comparison of definitions

The reduction of energy consumption in buildings is an important pillar of the European strategy to ensure that future climate and energy targets are reached.

This paper focuses on the definition of Nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) that represent one of the greatest opportunities to increase energy savings in Europe. As this term appears to be subject to different interpretations, the paper...
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OVERVIEW | Zero-Energy Buildings: does the definition influence their design and implementation?

In the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, 2010/31/EU), the term Nearly Zero-Energy Building (commonly abbreviated as NZEB) was introduced and defined as a “building that has a very high energy...