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Blown-in straw for renovation

Straw building techniques that use straw bales will, inevitably, give a minimal wall thickness related to the bale size.  In the sports hall renovation project at Tilburg, with 1 000 m² wall, this could lead to higher costs and performance...

The Green Deal, a big deal at the European Energy Efficiency Conference

The Green Deal was a big deal at the European Energy Efficiency Conference in Wels/Austria from 4 - 6 March 2020. The event was a great success with 400 experts from 50 countries taking part. The...

ENVISION H2020 Project Latest Achievements

ENVISION has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 767180 in order to demonstrate a full and innovative renovation concept that harvests energy from ALL building...

EU project HARP to develop an app helping to switch to more efficient heating systems

Background – Why the EU heating stock needs to change   Among the 126 million boilers installed in the EU, a staggering 60% are inefficient (performing as a C or lower energy class). However, people are rarely aware of the...

The Roger Leron Award 2020 is on

Established in 2014, the Roger Léron Award celebrates outstanding individuals who have significantly contributed to the energy transition in Europe, at local or regional level. Whether they are a part of a local or...

Valladolid Changes Mindsets to Renovate Buildings

Despite strong initial reluctance to the innovative retrofitting of their flats, residents in a Valladolid district (Spain) are now enjoying improved comfort and lower fuel bills as they head towards winter, all thanks to an EU-funded...

How to finance Green Investments ? Insights from the PROSPECT Workshop in WSED 2020

The central question about financing Green Investements is often: How? It can seem difficult to find available money for a first investment, and this is an important issue for households but also municipalities and regions. In Europe,...

Building Information Modelling skills made accessible to European professionals

Paul McCormack, Project coordinator, tells us more about how the project is supporting the implementation of BIM and driving digital transformation across the EU construction supply chain.   Could you describe the project and its...

Using prefabrication to accelerate building renovation

Two projects called BERTIM and MORE-CONNECT have demonstrated ways of retrofitting prefabricated façade and roof panels that incorporate energy efficiency improvements. This kind of offsite construction means building renovations take less...

CaGBC announces updates to Zero Carbon Building Standard

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has made several updates to its Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard in order to fast track carbon reductions.   Canada’s buildings are a top contributor to carbon emissions, representing 17% of...

Using big data to improve buildings

Data is fundamental to understand how much a building consumes, how much it is efficient and whether thermal comfort is adequate. However, how should this data be evaluated? Is it still possible to increase energy efficiency of buildings?...

The H2020 project X-tendo kicks off: Towards the next generation of Energy Performance Certificates thanks to a modular, innovative toolbox

The H2020 project X-tendo, standing for ‘eXTENDing the energy performance assessment and certification schemes via a mOdular approach’, will support public authorities and implementing agencies in the transition towards improved compliance...

Sustainable Places 2020 latest announcements

Europe’s #1 destination for dissemination of research, collaboration, networking and the creation of market opportunities.    Join us for the 8th edition of Sustainable Places!28 - 30 October 2020 / Aix-...

AIVC March 2020 Newsletter

The March 2020 issue of the AIVC newsletter is dedicated to sharing information on our past and future events. Specific contents include:   Foreword 14 ‐16 September 2020 – 41st AIVC ‐ ASHRAE IAQ joint conference in Athens, Greece AIVC...

Greening our cities with district energy!

Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector is a major challenge to reach carbon neutrality in a near future. One solution is to provide renewable and low carbon heat thanks to district energy. Today’s most advanced 4th and 5th...

Our Buildings: Accelerating climate action in buildings - New report available in English, Romanian and Bulgarian

The project ‘Our Buildings’, supported by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), aims at developing capacity and transferring knowledge to...

New sensors to monitor energy consumption in buildings in Valencia

In Valencia's maritime area, state-of-the art technologies are being used to improve energy efficiency in buildings and to change collective behaviours   In many European cities the rational use of energy is one of the main issues for...

ASSISES conference: New financial schemes for energy transition in territories

FEDARENE attended the ASSISES conference on energy transition from the 28th to the 30th of January 2020 in Bordeaux, France. On the second day, the FEDARENE team conducted the talk on New financing services for energy transition in...

EU Taxonomy shows the way to net zero by 2050

The Technical Expert Group (TEG) on Sustainable Finance has released its final recommendations to the European Commission on the EU Taxonomy. EIT Climate-KIC was represented in the EU Taxonomy’s work group by EIT Climate-KIC Board Member...

Valencia, 50/50: an educational project to reduce energy consumption in schools

The City Council of Valencia, Spain, has launched an initiative to reduce the consumption of energy and water in Municipal schools. It is called 50/50 as a half of the money saved is run by pupils and the other half by the school...