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COVID-19 and green recovery: How Member States integrate sustainable energy investments into their recovery plans

The European Green Deal is considered an essential element of an inclusive and sustainable growth strategy for Europe. EU Member States are currently developing recovery plans as part of their existing strategies to address the COVID-19...

Algorithms are designing better buildings

When giant blobs began appearing on city skylines around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s, it marked not an alien invasion but the impact of computers on the practice of building design.   Thanks to computer-aided design (CAD),...

EU mulls higher 2030 targets to ensure achieving climate neutrality by 2050

The process is beginning with a review of the Renewable Energy Directive (2018/2001/EU) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU and 2018/2002/EU). The review will be essential to identify how energy policies on renewables and...

LIFE Level(s) Project Action B.3 – Survey on State of the Art in Public Procurement Practices

The hardworking summer months within the LIFE Level(s) project brought forward a vital step in moving the project forward.   As integration of key Level(s) components such as LCA (life cycle assessment), LCC (life cycle costing) and IAQ (...

How HVAC Upgrades Fight COVID-19 and Climate Change

Energy-efficient upgrades to HVAC systems at schools and other critical buildings can prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Federal funding and tax incentives to make these building upgrades could catalyze a market already projected for growth...

EEnvest newsletter #2

EEnvest August 2020 newsletter is out!   The contents are the following: Interview with Gabriele Fregonese,Sinloc Interview with Fernando Salat, GNE Finance Article: Bringing together construction and finance Activities 2020   Read...

RESTORE Newsletter #34

The July 2020 RESTORE newsletter is out!   The contents addressed are the following: Training School 2020 – Vienna, Austria: The Call is open! Review on WG 5 June Online Meeting RESTORE Final Conference: Abstracts are uploaded! ESTORE...

Strengthening the EU Building Sector through new qualification schemes

Could you describe the project and its objectives?    The objectives of the NEWCOM project are twofold. First, we are supporting the development of training schemes for enabling construction workers and building...

Rebound behaviours, nudges, competition: energy saving is a matter of mindset

Understanding how people decide to use less energy at home or at work is crucial to boost virtuous behaviours. Our reaction to any novelty is so complex that a lot of socio-psychological research has been done to try to make it more...

Healthy buildings and green recovery in the post-covid Europe

The EU economy is forecasted to shrink by 7.4% this year with an uneven economic impact across the EU and the different economic sectors. The HVAC sector, which stared 2020 over expectations according to many industry representatives, was...

24th In­ter­na­tion­al Pass­ive House Con­fer­en­ce - Early Bird Discount until August 24!

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...

How to plan and optimise production of district heat

In general, optimisation is about finding the best available values given certain limitations and functions. All processes and systems, such as a district heating system, can be optimised to achieve the best possible values, based on...

Property, cities and innovation: Launch of Paris Real Estate Week in September

A week of MIPIM and PROPEL events dedicated to property, cities and innovation! Paris, June 2, 2020 – Paris Real Estate Week (14 to 17 September) today unveils its initial programme comprising debates, conferences, Awards and an exhibition...

Propel by MIPIM: Sustainability and quality of life at the heart of property innovation

Trending strongly at Propel by MIPIM this year, sustainability and quality of life are two aspirations among city-dwellers that the health crisis has underscored recently by calling our lifestyles into question. From biodiversity, energy...

Third edition of the Challenge Start-ups Construction Tech®: apply now!

The Challenge Start-ups Construction Tech®: how does it work ? This year, BATIMAT launches the third edition of the Construction Tech® Challenge on June 24, 2020 to an international level.   After the epedemic crisis, BATIMAT would like to...

Save the Date for the Virtual ManagEnergy Talk

After two very successful editions featuring story-teller Rob Hopkins and Prof. Per Espen Stoknes, the ManagEnergy Talk is back for its first ever virtual edition. Dr Cara Augustenborg will deliver an inspirational speech on "A...

A welcome collaboration for a sustainable future in Poland – truly Green homes

The Polish Green Building Council (PLGBC) and the Polish Association of Developers (PZFD) signed a cooperation agreement to promote the first Polish Green Certification for residential buildings, Zielony Dom, developed by PLGBC...

Interview on new challenges of HVAC professionals

CEN-CE: There will be a huge financial support from the European Commission via the Green Deal. A building renovation roadmap is announced. New challenges are nearly Zero Energy Building (nZEB) and low carbon footprint. What could...

How to Realize the Promise of a Smart Building

I wouldn’t call the first building I worked in very smart. My desk was in a low walled cube in the middle of the “cube city” surrounded by cinder block walls. The air quality depended on what section you were in, and the temperature varied...

European Green Deal call

The Green Deal call aims to support with €1 billion research and innovation projects on its main priorities. The call is structured in eight thematic areas reflecting the key work streams of the European Green Deal and three horizontal...