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BERTIM project Newsletter #8

BERTIM project achieves its end. Now, going beyond the last month of project duration, some of very tangible BERTIM results are presented. In this final project newsletter, some photos taken during BERTIM modules installation in Charite...

Let's mimic termite nests to keep human buildings cool

When it comes to building sustainable buildings, humans have a lot to learn from termites.   A recent study that colleagues and I published in Science Advances explains how some African termites maintain cool and stable temperatures in...

210 European Mayors Demand EU Emissions Peak by 2020, Halve by 2030 and Reach Net-Zero by 2050

Mayors and leaders of 210 cities across Europe, representing 62 million citizens have today urged the European Council and Member States to step up the EU’s climate commitments, to show global leadership and drive ambition to make rapid...

Meeting Simone Lowthe-Thomas, a renewable energy and sustainable development vision

Simone Lowthe-Thomas is Chief Executive Officer of Severn Wye Energy Agency (UK) and FEDARENE Vice-President for Energy Efficiency (Buildings & Behavior).   With over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of Renewable Energy and...

Cutting cities' emissions does have economic benefits – and these ultimately outweigh the costs

The politics of climate change in Australia has always been about the costs of change. It’s often debated in terms of we can’t afford or can afford to pay for the changes needed to our power, transport and building systems. However, the...

Report on the EMIRI Tech Talk on Advanced Materials for Energy Efficient Buildings

The Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative (EMIRI) organised a “TECH TALK” event on March 7, 2019 in Brussels.   Phillipe Jacques, EMIRI Managing Director, launched the workshop by presenting the objectives of the association. He...

WorldGBC launches Air Quality in the Built Environment campaign

We spend 90% of our time indoors and it's estimated that 92% of the air in the places we live is unsafe to breathe. That’s why 30 GBCs as part of our Better Places for People global project are working to combat global air pollution from...

Energy efficient renovation of public buildings in cities / Joint Interreg-EU funded call for proposal

The 4th call for proposals of Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE is devoted to the exploitation of outputs and results being delivered by projects funded by the Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE Programme within the first two calls. This call is restricted to...

One step closer to the mutual recognition of upskilled professionals in the construction sector

To support the professional execution of nearly zero-energy buildings new pilot “Train the Trainer” courses are being implemented in Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands and Slovakia.   The nearly zero-energy building...

Webinar on ExcEED project Database: from data to information to knowledge

The H2020 ExcEED project takes the pulse of the actual energy consumed by last generation of buildings.   The project answers the need for transparency and comparability of energy performance calculations. The scope of ExcEED is to create...

Don’t forget our future climate when tightening up building codes

Too often it takes a crisis to trigger changes in legislation and behaviour, when forward thinking, cooperation and future planning could have negated the risk in the first place. Australia’s building and construction industry is under the...

Indonesia isn’t the only country planning new cities. Why not Australia?

Indonesia plans to relocate its capital from the sprawling city of Jakarta – and it isn’t the only country with plans to build whole new cities.   AsiaTravel/Shutterstock Wendy Steele, RMIT University The announcement that President Joko...

Webinar : Science-based targets driving the transition to sustainable building

Linked to GlobalABC Work Area 3 – Market Transformation. Speakers: - Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council - Luca De Giovanetti, Manager, Science-based Targets, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) -...

Horizon Impact Award, call for applicants

The European Commission has launched the first Horizon Impact Award. This prize acknowledges and rewards the most influential and impactful projects under Horizon 2020 or FP7. Can you demonstrate that you have valorized your results and...

Policy conference 2019 – REGISTRATION OPEN

The Policy Conference of EUSEW 2019 will take place in Brussels between 18 and 20 June and is free of charge for all participants.    The conference will be hosted at three venues: the European Commission's Charlemagne and Berlaymont...

Technical Day: IEA TCP on Energy in Buildings and Communities - REGISTRATION OPEN

This symposium will take place on 11th of June 2019 in Brussels. During this event, activity of various Technical Collaboration Programmes (TCP) of the International Energy Agency will be presented and focus will be on the...

FACEcamp RESULT SEMINAR - registration open

FACEcamp project, funded under the Interreg V-A ITA-AUT first call and running from February 2017 to December 2019, aims at strengthening a long-term transnational cooperation among companies and R&I entities in the...

The Energy Efficiency Dimension of the Roger Léron Award

The Roger Léron Award aims to celebrate outstanding contributions to the development of sustainable energy at the EU, local and regional level. The Award was established by FEDARENE in 2014.   The Award is named in memory of Roger Léron...

New reports say net-zero emission EU heavy industry by 2050 is achievable

Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 for European energy-intensive industries is within reach. These industries can contribute their share to the EU’s net-zero by 2050 vision if supported by the right policy framework which is currently...

European Commission survey: views on Construction 2020 and beyond

The European Commission wishes to invite you to share your views on the benefits - or downsides - of the Construction 2020 initiative and your ideas on how it could evolve in the coming years.   Your opinions about...