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What are the main types of procurement in the construction industry?

In the ZERO-PLUS project report “Analysis of the market potential within the EU28 for “nearly zero-energy” buildings constructed using the concepts developed in the project” the main types of procurement in the construction industry are...
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How can costs be reduced from designing for settlement level instead of building level?

The benefits of the analysis at the settlement level arise not only from the larger scale compared to single buildings, but also, importantly, from looking at a system of houses with their interactions. This means, for instance, cost...
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What are the drivers and barriers for the construction of residential NZE buildings and settlements?

In the ZERO-PLUS project report “Market analysis of trends in the construction of residential highly energy performing buildings” a significant amount of information on barriers and drivers for the construction of highly energy efficient...
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CHESS SETUP Simulator

The CHESS SETUP project is designing a solution to provide energy from renewable sources to buildings relying on:   hybrid solar panels generating heat to be stored and used for domestic hot water and/or heating in addition to ...
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EPBD must focus on reducing energy needs and avoid double-counting of renewables, says eceee

As the negotiations on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) revision proceeds, the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (eceee) has noted some worrying signs that threaten to deliver less savings, contradict the...
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EU bids on standardisation to boost building energy efficiency – notes from EUSEW 2017

In June 2017, the EUSEW 2017 Policy Conference dedicated its over 60 sessions to the several facets of the Clean Energy for All European package. Among them, the session “The role of standardisation towards higher Energy Performance of...
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EU bids on standardisation to boost building energy efficiency – notes form EUSEW 2017

In June 2017, the EUSEW 2017 Policy Conference dedicated its over 60 sessions to the several facets of the Clean Energy for All European package. Among them, the session “The role of standardisation towards higher Energy Performance of...
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Updating 2050 roadmap for carbon-neutrality should become EU goal

EU to aim for 100% emission cuts in new ‘mid-century roadmap’   By Frédéric Simon Original source: EURACTIV     The European Commission is preparing an update of its low-carbon economy roadmap for 2050, acknowledging that the bloc’s...
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Indoor Air Pollution: Natural Ways To Improve Air Quality Indoors

When people think about pollution, what often comes to mind is the poor air quality in urban areas. While breathing in polluted air outdoors can have adverse effects on our health, the air that we breathe indoors can also impact our health...
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EPB standards are important. Will they be effective?

In August 2017, after almost 7 years from the issue of mandate M/480, the EPB standards were finally published, thus becoming the national standards in force in EU Member States and in the countries within the European Free Trade...
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#H2020Buildings: showcase your best practices!

The fourth week of our #H2020Buildings promotion has just come to an end!   With the Twitter hashtag #H2020Buildings, the BUILD UP team promotes European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 framework in a thematic manner.   Five...
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What's on heating & Cooling? #H2020Buildings campaign

We are now in the third week of the #h2020Buildings campaign on Twitter, highlighting some European funded projects related to heating and cooling; namely   Cheap GSHPs  Cool Heating  CREATE Project  Hotmaps PlanHeat  progRESsHEAT...
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EURECA Tool

The EURECA Tool, developed in the framework of the H2020 funded Datacenter EURECA Project, is a web-based platform that helps public procurers and data centre professionals self-assess the energy efficiency and profile of their data...
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#H2020Buildings: showcase your best practices !

Keep in touch with your favourite projects during August !    With our Twitter hashtag #H2020Buildings, our BUILD UP team promotes European projects funded under the Horizon 2020 framework in a thematic manner.   Five weeks, five...
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What is the Western Balkans Investment Framework?

  The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) was launched in 2009 by a coalition of institutions, donor countries and financial organisations. It aims to help the Western Balkan countries, (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo,...
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How to support energy efficiency in Western Balkans?

Energy saving has been identified as strategic priority to ease energy intensity in the six countries (WB6) of the Western Balkans. The WB6 countries are members of the Energy Community, whose mission is to extend the EU internal energy...
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Home Energy Saving Kit

Tools for householders to manage their domestic energy use     Dublin’s energy agency, Codema, is making it easier for the public to understand how their home uses energy and to identify possible savings. With Dublin City Public...
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Is there a difference between “shall” and “should” in the EPBD?

In the Energy Performance for Buildings Directive (EPBD), “shall” is used in article 9, whereas “should” is used in article 2:   Article 9 of the EPBD states that: “Member States shall ensure that by 31 December 2020, all new buildings are...
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What are “infringement procedures” by the European Commission?

There are many BUILD UP news items referring to infringement, e.g.: http://www.buildup.eu/en/search/infringement   According to the EU treaties, the European Commission may take legal action – an infringement procedure – against an EU...
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European Energy Union: Must Do Better!

by Philipp Fink, Antoine Guillou and Robert Schachtschneider, 12 July 2017       As the EU goes through troubled times, there is a crucial need to identify core policies that affect every one of its citizens. Considering energy policy...