Local water harvesting, demand reduction and wastewater treatment measures at a building scale can help manage water resources around the Mediterranean.
This study conducts a life cycle water, energy and cost analysis of rainwater and condensate water harvesting, water conservation, wastewater treatment and three combinations of these measures over 50 years, using an apartment building in Sehaileh, Lebanon. The measures’ performance is further investigated through a comprehensive sensitivity analysis that extends the applicability of findings.
Post date: 22 Mag 2017
IEA-EBC Annex 72: Assessment life cycle related environmental impacts caused by buildings
The Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities programme (IEA EBC) approved the “IEA-EBC Annex 72: Assessment life cycle related environmental impacts caused by buildings” in 2016. The project will run till 2021.
Post date: 24 Apr 2017
ICEEE2017 will focus on energy, environment and economics of energy systems and their applications.
Themes and specific topics include, but are not limited to:
Post date: 10 Gen 2017
House size has significantly increased over the recent decades in many countries. Larger houses often have a higher life cycle energy demand due to their increased use of materials and larger area to heat, cool and light. Yet, most energy efficiency regulations for buildings fail to adequately include requirements for addressing the energy demand associated with house size. This study quantifies the effect of house size on life cycle energy demand in order to inform future regulations.
Post date: 31 Ott 2016
In October 2016, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) submitted a response to the public consultation of the EU Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) on draft indicators for the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings.
Post date: 20 Ott 2016
The non-renewable (fossil) primary energy requirements for the production of insulation materials (grey energy) differ considerably. E.g. less than 100 kWh/m³ is used for the production of materials requiring little processing such as wood shavings or cellulose fibres, but 1300 kWh/m³ is needed for the manufacture of foam glass, PU (polyurethane) or XPS. When calculating the energy payback for insulating materials, the expenditure for their production is compared to the saving of primary energy resulting from their insulation effect.
Post date: 1 Ago 2016
Type: Ask the Experts
The European Commission's 2014 Communication on Resource Efficiency Opportunities in the Building Sector identified the need for a common EU approach to the assessment of the environmental performance of buildings. A study to develop this approach was initiated in 2015 by DG ENV and DG GROW, with the technical support of DG JRC-IPTS.
Post date: 26 Lug 2016
Energy efficiency regulations for buildings often focus solely on operational and thermal energy demands. Increasing a building׳s thermal energy efficiency is most often undertaken by increasing insulation thickness and installing high performance windows. These measures can result in a significant increase in embodied energy which is currently not considered in the majority of existing building energy regulations.
Post date: 13 Giu 2016
This event, organised by the ECO Platform, will take place on 6 October 2016 in Brussels, Belgium, aiming to present the ECO Platform Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) – a European solution for all construction products.
During the event, attendees will:
Post date: 30 Mag 2016
Initiated by the French association for the development of low carbon buildings (Association pour le développement du Bâtiment Bas Carbone-BBCA), the BBCA label for new office buildings was launched. This voluntary label attests the exemplary nature of the building carbon footprint.
Post date: 30 Mag 2016