Topic of the Month

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What is Topic of the Month?


In Build Up we want that everyone feels involved. That is what the Topic of the Month is for, so all the community can contribute with articles, events and much more under the same topic. 


This month of October our topic is 'Renovation of existing buildings'​​.


Which content is related to the topic?

  • Deep renovation: paradigm and technology packages for historic and existing residential building cases
  • Deep renovation technology packages
  • Build Value, co-benefits and externalities
  • Owner vs tenants dilemma in building deep renovation decision process
  • EPBD and related EU directives
  • National nZEB penetration and building stock renovation (transformation) plan
  • Restorative and regenerative building: overall design, construction approach

Here you have the remarkable contributions of this month:


Overview Articles


overview.jpgOVERVIEW | Integrated kits for building renovation. The building renovation sector has been moving towards the trend of using prefabricated renovation kits as an approach to effectively target the needs of any given project, and the design of kit-solutions that are able to respond to a range of requirements.



overview.jpgThe crest of the Renovation Wave: A toolkit to decarbonise the European building stock  Renovation toolkits are integrated packages of prefabricated components, such as insulation/façades, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning; (renewable) energy systems, user interfaces and digital solutions offered by a group of suppliers to ensure quicker, higher quality.



Expert talks


expert.jpgExpert talks – Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE  the invited interviewee was Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE and Campaign Director of the Renovate Europe Campaign, which was initiated by EuroACE in 2011 in order to stop energy waste in buildings.





Webinar | Transforming the existing building stock – A toolkit to make buildings smarter.This webinar will provide an overview of HEART technologies and their potential for reducing energy consumption. Participants will learn from the renovation experience of a four-storey building located in Italy.



Webinar | Designing, constructing and monitoring Net Zero Energy (NZE) Settlements . The purpose of this webinar is to open up the novel ZERO-PLUS approach to stakeholders of energy efficiency from different fields of practice and demonstrate the benefits of its implementation.




Channelling investments to the renovation of social housing in Europe — Webinar . The webinar will explore innovative financing mechanisms to scale up renovation of social housing, overcoming market barriers and failures, and how to help households struggling with their bills, as the European Green Deal foresees.



iBRoad virtual final conference: Building Renovation Passports – delivering the renovation wave for our buildings. The conference aims to contribute to the dialogue ahead of the EPBD revision by demonstrating the immediate potential of tested solutions, and by highlighting best practices for delivering a decarbonised and healthy building stock to the EU and beyond.



WEBINAR| The Renovation Wave under the European Green Deal: New policy windows for accelerating and financing building renovation at the municipal level. The web seminar intends to shed light on new opportunities arising in the coming month to decarbonise the European building stock. 



WBEF Webinar: Energy efficient renovation – A green investment fit for the future? . One of the challenges for the financial sector is the lack of suitable strategies, processes and products for financing small-scale, tailored sustainable projects. Energy efficient retrofits of buildings is such a challenge. 





TripleA-reno combined labelling scheme: a resource for municipal buildings. The TripleA-reno Combined Labelling Scheme is the first such scheme developed especially for the renovation of dwellings, covering energy performance, indoor environmental quality, and well-being indicators. 




The ALDREN Webinars. The ALDREN Project – ALliance for Deep RENovation in buildings – focuses on increasing the rate and quality of building renovations through the development of performance assessments and certification schemes for deep renovation projects. ALDREN is targeted at office buildings and hotels. 



Webinar | Are architects ready for the digitalisation?. Join PROSPECT’s final workshop on October 22nd and learn from some of the most experienced cities, regions and energy agencies about innovative financing mechanisms. Financing local authorities’ sustainable energy and climate projects is hindered primarily by the lack of internal capacity.



Virtual Peer Learning on Sustainable Financing – Prospect project webinar. The webinar will present a European state-of-the-art analysis, examining how digitalised the construction industry already is, and which are the possible points of knowledge transfer. 





original.jpgWords into action: all hands on deck to make Renovation Wave a reality The European Commission’s Renovation Wave, unveiled earlier this month, is a breath of fresh air in a carbon-heavy sector.It provides a comprehensive and inclusive set of actions aiming at accelerating renovation of our buildings and homes in the EU, tackling the associated challenges head on.



original.jpgEU launches ‘renovation wave’ for greener, more stylish buildings The European Commission launched a renovation wave and a “new European Bauhaus” on Wednesday (14 October), aiming to rally popular support behind plans to cut emissions from buildings and reduce energy bills. 




original.jpgTask 59's Autumn Newsletter This newsletter gives you an overview of the project’s latest case studies added to the HiBERATLAS platform, our new blog posts, and updates on the project’s meetings and workshops.




original.jpgPress Release | Renovation Wave: doubling the renovation rate to cut emissions, boost recovery and reduce energy poverty  An increasing number of utility and non-utility corporates are aiming to meet part, or all, of their energy demand through renewable energy (RE) sources.




original.jpgTripleA-reno newsletter #5 The 5th newsletter of TripleA-reno project is out! 






original.jpgRecommendations for building renovations The eight recommendations are grounded in the experience of the Mediterranean local authorities and they aim to bring the lessons learned in the discussion about the next generation of energy policies




original.jpgRenovation Wave - the European Green Deal To reduce emissions by at least 55% in 2030 and build the foundations for a climate neutral Europe by 2050, the Renovation Wave aims to renovate 35 million inefficient buildings by 2030.Renovating them is essential to reducing emissions and energy use.



original.jpgA Renovation Wave for Europe -greening our buildings, creating jobs, improving lives Europe’s building stock is both unique and heterogeneous in its expression of the cultural diversity and history of our continent.But not surprisingly, it is also old and changes very slowly. Most of those existing buildings are not energy-efficient.



original.jpgHousing 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.



original.jpgStepUP project - Making decarbonisation of existing buildings a reliable and attractive investment The StepUP project is developing new technologies and solutions to make building renovation more attractive and affordable.






resalta.jpgSvart hotel in Norway: how to reach the Plus Energy target The architect firm Snøhetta, in collaboration with Arctic Adventures of Norway, Asplan Viak and Skanska, has designed “Svart”, the world’s first Plus Energy hotel in a Northern climate.




sykesNotarjeva vila.The house was built after the 1st world war as notary's villa in the former periphery of Tolmin where richer buildings were located.The house expresses the characteristics of secession and is listed in the Register of Slovene cultural heritage.




sykes4RinEU deep renovation: the case of Mariënheuvel in SoestThe H2020 project 4RinEU, coordinated by Eurac Research, aims to define technologies, methodologies and business models to increase the uptake of deep renovation in the European building stock.





sykesEUROPA project. EUROPA project will develop an Energy Efficiency Subscription (a set of technical specifications, procedures and standard contractual arrangements) ensuring guaranteed energy savings from the deep renovation of residential buildings. 




sykesPro-GET-OnE project. TThere is a strong need to improve buildings’ safety in this regard, thus saving lives. One of the barriers of implementing safety measures is the high cost of a structural renovation. ProGETonE proposes a pre-fab approach to reduce these costs significantly. 




sykesC - R.E.A.L. project. The main objective of C-REAL is to establish a permanent, structural collaboration between a mortgage lender (Onesto) and a renovation adviser (Dubolimburg) to increase the degree of renovation and improve renovation quality in the province of Limburg. 




sykesREBECCA project. The project will focus on the residential building stock by developing renovation strategies leading to significant architectural and energy transformations that will increase the real estate residual value of the buildings. 




Get ready for December's Topic of the Month 'SKILLS and training for NZE building sector' and prepare your next publications.


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