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What would a heat-proof city look like?

If you’ve felt uncomfortably hot in a city this summer, chances are it’s not just because of the weather. Look around any urban centre and you’ll see the built environment itself exacerbates summer temperatures. Vehicles stuck in traffic emitting...
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Interactive Thermal Comfort Tools

A new suite of free and publicly available online resources have been launched to facilitate academic and professional studies of thermal comfort in buildings, the result of a four-year effort led by the Center for the Built Environment at UC...
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E2VENT project: Energy Efficient Ventilated Facades for Optimal Adaptability and Heat Exchange

The old buildings, which represents the vast majority of the building stock, are predominantly of low energy performance and subsequently in need of refurbishment work. Within the existing European building stock, a large share (approximately 34%)...
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Global energy transformation: a roadmap to 2050

Renewable energy needs to be scaled up at least six times faster for the world to start to meet the goals set out in the Paris Agreement. The historic climate accord from 2015 seeks, at minimum, to limit average global temperature rise to “well...
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Innovative Materials for Seismic and Energy Retrofitting of the Existing EU Buildings

The seismic and energy retrofitting of existing European buildings with innovative materials is addressed in this report. The need for retrofitting of old buildings emanates from their substandard design in terms of both earthquake resistance and...
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Smart Readiness Indicator: driving the uptake of smart solutions in buildings

This report summarizes the highlights from the European Copper Institute's (ECI) inputs to the Interim Report and the Second Progress Report by the consortium on the Smart Readiness Indicator (SRI) for buildings. ECI welcomes the Commission’s effort...
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Business leadership in the transition to renewable electricity

This paper provides a framework for companies seeking to demonstrate leadership in the transition towards a clean energy economy powered by 100% renewable electricity. It draws on best practice already being implemented by leading companies working...
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Level(s): towards an holistic approach to sustainable architecture and construction

On 25 June, in collaboration with BUILD UP, the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) organised a webinar to invite architects to engage with piloting the Level(s) scheme. The event was moderated by Dr. Judit Kimpian, Chair of the ACE Sustainability...
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The business case for healthy buildings: insights from early adopters

Inspired by a growing body of evidence that healthy buildings can have a positive effect on both human health and real estate performance, this report highlights the key certification standards in use in the marketplace, explores recent research on...
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Navarra constructs over 500 energy efficient homes for social housing

The region of Navarra is building over 500 nearly zero-energy building (NZEB) units to provide affordable and energy efficient homes for their citizens. Nearly zero-energy buildings have very low energy consumption due to their design and the...