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Pandemic Response: Microbes, Buildings, and Occupant Health

The coronavirus pandemic is changing nearly everything about life, and institutional and commercial facilities are no exception. In fact, given the amount of time many people spend working in and visiting indoor environments, buildings...

Reopening buildings safely, with LEED guidance, and tools and analytics from Arc

USGBC released four new Safety First LEED Pilot Credits in response to COVID-19 to support environmental and occupant health. The credits outline sustainable best practices that align with public health and industry guidelines related to...

Preparing an EU strategy for offshore renewables – Have your say

As part of the European Green Deal, the Commission identified the importance of agreeing a new approach for exploiting Europe’s offshore renewable energy potential in a sustainable and inclusive way. The revised Commission Work Programme...

Financing the energy transition: Commission puts €14 billion fund to modernise energy sectors in 10 Member States into action

Set up under the revised EU Emissions Trading System Directive, the Modernisation Fund will allocate around EUR 14 billion from the auctioning of allowances from the EU Emissions Trading System for the period 2021-2030, depending on the...

We need Behaviour Change and “Life Efficiency”, because efficiency gains and clean energy will never be enough

Behaviour change – reducing emissions by changing how we live our lives – should be part of every government and think tank’s sustainable scenario, explains Schalk Cloete. That’s because impressive advances in energy efficiency and clean...

SMUD declares climate emergency; sets goal to be carbon neutral by 2030

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board of Directors adopted a climate emergency declaration, committing to working toward the goal of delivering carbon neutral electricity by 2030.   The utility said it has previously...

Great progress with innovative components of RES4BUILD’s integrated energy system to deliver on decarbonisation objectives for Europe’s buildings

The EU-funded RES4BUILD project is developing integrated renewable energy-based solutions that are tailored to the needs and requirements of users and installers. The project aims to increase the uptake of renewable energy solutions for...

hybridGEOTABS: sustainable heating and cooling of buildings across the EU

HybridGEOTABS project has developed an innovative and clean technology for energy efficient and healthy buildings which combines thermally activated building system (TABS), a ground heat exchanger and heat pump in between both systems (...

These tools from AIA can help you assess and manage the risk of COVID-19 in offices, retail, schools and more

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced reoccupancy assessment and risk management planning tools as well as strategies and 3D models for specific types of buildings to guide building owners, facilities managers (FMs),...

What special reopening considerations must be made for HVAC systems? See what ASHRAE says

Global sustainable building technology society ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force released guidance in recent weeks on mitigating potential health risks during reopening of buildings closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on heating,...

Rolling out Plus Energy Buildings - views from an urban planner

Through energy-efficient urban planning, especially in PEB residential construction, unnecessary structural constructions can be avoided in advance. It forms the basis for sustainable, energy-optimised building planning, which is...

EXCESS project proposes holistic definition of a Positive Energy Building

Statistically, 40 percent of energy consumption and 36 percent of emissions come from buildings. For that reason energy efficiency has become one of the EU’s top priorities and led it to acknowledge that buildings are key to achieving its...

COVID-19 and Climate crises – a new reality to focus on the European Green Deal

Last year the main focus was on improving the energy performance of buildings. Reducing the use of fossil fuels and the direct and indirect CO₂ emission of buildings caused by heating, cooling and ventilating and at the same time improving...

SHIFFT: Sustainable Heating: Implementation of Fossil-Free Technology

The declaration of a climate emergency means we must all look at how we can make big changes within our own communities. The current COP25 meeting in Madrid will highlight the society wide approaches which must be taken across the...

Call for Abstracts - 6th International Symposium on Occupant Behaviour & 5th Expert Meeting of Annex 79

Following the tradition of IEA Annex 79, we organize the 6th International Symposium on Occupant Behaviour Research with Digital Technologies. Presentations include invited speeches and proposed speeches.   Submission page   Topics (not...

The EDA and the European Green Deal

The new changes in the European Green Deal are expected to bring many benefits to people and businesses.   Thanks to energy labels idea that help consumers to buy more eco-friendly products and save energy, or the new European Union (EU...

Why national building renovation plans are key for the recovery

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...

Estonian govt approves long-term building renovation strategy

The strategy is a part of Estonia's national energy and climate plan, spokespeople for the government said.   Prime Minister Juri Ratas said that the state must aim to improve the living and working conditions of 80% of...

COST Connect – The Green Deal

On Thursday 02 July, an online COST Connect session on the Green Deal was held. The event joined together COST Actions with expertise from the European Commission to discuss the future needs of EU research under Horizon Europe in order to...

The European Green Deal

What is the European Green Deal?    The EU Green Deal is the new growth strategy for Europe and a dedicated roadmap for making the EU’s economy sustainable. The goal of the European Green Deal, presented by the European...