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ALDREN - Methodology note on linking the EVCS to financial valuation

As proposed in the initial roadmap and Grant Agreement, three stages were carried out to organise work: a state of the art to identify standards and existing initiatives to be used in the ALDREN protocol, the definition of the working...

Enhancing Turkey’s policy framework for energy efficiency of buildings

Turkey’s building sector’s energy demand is growing rapidly, at a rate of 4.4% on average, effectively rendering it the one sector with the largest energy consumption among all end-use sectors, representing around one third of the country’...

European Responsible Housing Awards 2019 Handbook

This third edition of the Responsible Housing Awards saw a record-breaking number of 87 submissions (an increase of 29% compared to 2016) across five categories from 16 countries.   The jury members had a tough decision at hand but in the...

Interim Report July 2019 of the 2nd technical support study on the Smart Readiness Indicator for buildings

A greater uptake of smart technologies is expected to lead to significant, cost-effective energy savings, while also helping to improve indoor comfort in a manner that enables the building to adjust to the needs of the user.   Smart...

The Basque Country receives 1.7 million from the EU for two pilot projects of urban regeneration in the neighbourhoods of Txonta (Eibar) and Otxarkoaga (Bilbao)

The main objective is to set up an office in each neighbourhood which will act as a one-stop-shop and provide advice and support to the community throughout the whole process of renovation of the buildings: from the paperwork to dealing...
The European Commission has taken note of the urban regeneration plans of the Basque Country and has decided to contribute 1.7 million Euros to the Opengela project.   This concerns a novel concept of neighbourhood offices in two places...

Report nZEB Demo buildings environmental impact through LCA

Overall environmental impacts of nZEBs are substantially lower than conventional buildings. This is the conclusion of a new AZEB study in which the environmental performance of 3 AZEB case studies was evaluated using life cycle...

100% Renewable Energy Districts: 2050 Vision

The energy and carbon footprint of urban areas will increase with urbanisation and the growing economic activity of urban citizens.   The decarbonisation of cities and city districts presents an imperative and an obvious area of priority...

Life Cycle Assessments – A guide on using the LCA

The present guidelines, which the DGNB has developed together with its members, convey a basic understanding of the great benefits that is offered by the use of life cycle assessments in the planning process.
  The DGNB has made it its primary goal to plan, operate and use the built environment of the present day for the benefit of all, and in such a way that the generations that follow us can fully utilise their own potential and not be...

Slovak Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (SlovSEFF)

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The Slovak Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (SlovSEFF) was one of the first credit lines by the European Bank for...

Latvian Baltic Energy Efficiency Facility (LABEEF)

In 21 case studies, the EUKI project BEACON evaluated national climate policies in European countries. The Latvian Baltic Energy Efficiency Facility (LABEEF) is a company that was founded in 2016 to facilitate the deep renovation of the...

Towards a fossil-free energy in 2050

Building the infrastructure to decarbonise the EU’s energy system by 2050 through large amounts of green gas is projected to be up to 36% more expensive than through energy efficiency and smart electrification, even in European countries...

Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH): guidance for social landlords

Revised guidance for social landlords on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH), February 2019.
The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) aims to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland.   This supports the Scottish Government's vision of warm, high quality, affordable, low...

BIM and ISO 19650 from a project management perspective

Using 3D modelling software, layering it with data, and working very closely with all partners in construction and engineering projects is critical if European companies are to survive in the challenging and rapidly changing market.  ...

Integrating digital innovations in the construction sector - The case of 3D Printing and Drones in construction

While most industries have been through fundamental changes over the past few decades, the construction industry has been hesitant to embrace digital innovation.   This does not mean that there is no innovation helpful for the sector....

Reaction of ETIP PV to EC’s ‘Clean Planet for All’ Communication on possible scenarios for 99% decarbonisation (or not) by 2050

ETIP PV is highly supportive of the EU’s interest in following a pathway that leads to a max -1.5°C warmer world and encourages it to put in place the policies that will achieve this as cost-effectively as possible. This means acting soon...

The future of the European built environment – A forward-looking description of Europe in 2030 and 2050

No one knows what the future exactly holds. Nevertheless, we look at trends and examine new developments today to define business strategies and to develop policies and regulations for tomorrow. In this report we present a forward-look on...

Osservatorio degli edifici a energia quasi zero in Italia

Dal 2021, tutti gli edifici nuovi o soggetti a una ristrutturazione importante di primo livello dovranno essere a fabbisogno di energia quasi zero (nZEB).   Negli stessi casi gli edifici pubblici daranno l’esempio, rispondendo ai requisiti...

Net zero by 2050: From whether to how

This report is based on a research seeking to explore the feasibility and implications for the EU of reaching net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 at the latest.   This report is based on the development and use of a simulation model of European...
More than 10 scenarios were modelled by the organisations who supported the model testing, while other scenarios were elaborated by the project team to explore the net-zero opportunities and trade-offs.   Out of these scenarios, three...

Financing a sustainable european economy: Report on climate benchmarks

The agreement reached by the European co-legislators on the regulation amending Regulation (EU) 2016/2011, as part of the Commission's Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth, resulted in two essential measures regarding investment...

Photovoltaic Solar Energy: big and beyond

The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Photovoltaics (ETIP PV) envisions a world with 100% renewable electricity supply where electricity is accessible to all and where electricity makes major inroads into satisfying final...