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On the way to a climate-neutral Europe – Contributions from the building sector to a strengthened 2030 climate target

To achieve its 2050 climate neutrality objective, the European Union must accelerate greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction in this decade. The building sector can be a central pillar of this effort and can make a significant contribution...

Updated Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings - United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

The Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency was established in 2015 by the Committee on Sustainable Energy and the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land...

Skills Agenda - Towards a job-rich recovery with sustainable buildings

Elisabeth HOFFMANN, Senior Policy Adviser, VELUX, EuroACE Member
In its recent Renovation Wave, the European Commission outlined its vision on making Europe’s current building stock more energy efficient and sustainable by at least doubling the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030.  ...

Time to reach for the moon – The EU needs to step up action and lead the transformation to sustainability

The European Union and its member states were a major driving force behind the negotiations at the United Nations that led to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda to achieve them. Five years later, the EU’s...

Improving competences of engineers and workers in the AEC industry for delivering NZEBs

Abstract: The energy performance of buildings directive requires from the European Union Member States to ensure that by 31 December 2020 all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) and after 31 December...

Housing Europe's ambition to renovate 4 million affordable homes by 2030

The mission of cooperative, public and social housing providers is to provide affordable homes in sustainable communities and this work is becoming even more essential now as a result of the economic and social impact of this pandemic.
European Social, Cooperative and Public Housing providers aim at refurbishing 400,000 homes per year or 4 million homes by 2030.   This will decrease the energy consumption of the refurbished housing units on average by 50% by 2030, cut...

Green paper on good practice in EPC assessment, certification, and use

The QualDeEPC project aims to improve the practical implementation of the assessment, issuance, design, and use of Energy Performance Certification's as well as their renovation recommendations, in Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Latvia,...

Understanding the value of data: new X-tendo report outlines user needs and technical specifications of innovative EPC features

The EPBD and its revisions in 2010 and 2018 strengthened the provisions related to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) by setting out that the Member States have to provide information to owners and tenants on the purpose and objectives...

Recommendations for building renovations

The Efficient Buildings Community releases the latest policy recommendations for a Mediterranean building renovation programme
The Efficient Buildings Community has just developed a new set of recommendations for European and National decision-makers.   The eight recommendations are grounded in the experience of the Mediterranean local authorities and they aim to...

AIVC November 2020 Newsletter Special Issue on COVID-19

The AIVC board decided in their last (online) meeting of September 2020 to start a project to collect, discuss and disseminate information about COVID-19 in relation to ventilation and airtightness.   A working group was created to define...

StepUP project - Making decarbonisation of existing buildings a reliable and attractive investment

Deep renovation is a key action to drastically reduce energy demand and achieve the EU vision of a decarbonised building stock by 2050. However, only 1% of European buildings are being renovated yearly and shallow retrofits persist with...

European Building Automation Controls Association releases checklist to assess BACS compliance with EPBD requirements

To support Member States implementing the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) has created a compliance checklist for...

Untapping multiple benefits: hidden values in environmental and building policies

The untapped / hidden benefits of environmental policies are huge, this piece of research showcases and places a monetary value on the added benefits to our health, society and the economy that environmental investments and policy linked...

iBRoad Report "Quantifying home renovation"

This iBRoad output provides a default database supporting a generic techno-economic assessment of renovation measures.   The default database consists of a list of possible renovation measures (building envelope and HVAC system) and their...

The iBRoad field test experience

The iBRoad tools, consisting of the individual Building Renovation Roadmap and Logbook, were field-tested in Bulgaria, Poland and Portugal during the period March to May 2019.   Additionally, the iBRoad Logbook was field-tested in Germany...

iBRoad Stakeholders mapping

Stakeholders mapping is the first and the most important step to identify the most appropriate and valuable stakeholders, how they can contribute to the project development and how they can benefit from the results of the iBRoad.  ...

Database structure and programming core of the iBRoad roadmap and logbook

The iBRoad tool consist of two components: the Roadmap Assistant and the Logbook, both of which are implemented as web applications.   The data structure for the Roadmap Assistant can be considered to be “standard”: the data fields it...

The iBRoad tools structure

The iBRoad project intends to explore, design, develop and demonstrate the concept of individual building renovation roadmaps, outlining a deep step-by-step renovation plan with customised recommendations for individual buildings (the...

National adaptation of the iBRoad concept in five countries

The report considers the national adaptation of the iBRoad concept in Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, Flanders and Germany, by analysing specific country...

How can Member States implement iBRoad?

Barriers and drivers for countries willing to explore the feasibility and replicability of iBRoad.   The Report "How can Member States implement iBRoad" aims to explore the barriers to and enablers of the design and...