Practices

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Highlighted Practices

OVERVIEW | Alleviating Urban Heat Island in the Context of Climate Change

by Vasileios Ntouros (NKUA)   Urban Heat Island (UHI) is known to have significant impacts on the environment, giving rise to ambient temperatures in and around rural areas. At the same time, climate change issues are intensifying...

OVERVIEW | Energy efficient university campus projects

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   Similarly to energy efficient school projects, university complexes offer the possibility to reduce the energy...

OVERVIEW | EU support for (deep) energy renovation of buildings

  by Marianna Papaglastra (Sympraxis Team)     As reported by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE), deep renovation has the potential to reduce the energy consumption of the building stock by 36% until 2030. At the same...

OVERVIEW | Successful renovations through innovative financing

by Marina Laskari (NKUA)   The big majority of the EU building stock needs to be upgraded. It is well recognised that in order to achieve a decarbonised building stock by 2050...

OVERVIEW | Three times smart: Users, Buildings, and Electricity Grid

  Learnings for the development of the Smartness Indicator from an Austrian research and demonstration project     by Susanne Geissler (SERA energy & resources, Vienna)     This Overview Article presents selected...

OVERVIEW | Is HVAC system flexibility linked to energy savings?

by François Durier (CETIAT)   What do we mean by flexibility?   In the context of the energy performance of buildings, the flexibility of a system refers to its ability to adapt to changes, and the ease with which it...

OVERVIEW | Energy Performance of Buildings standards: past and future

by Tiziana Buso (REHVA)   Energy Performance of Buildings (EPB) standards are nowadays on every energy efficiency expert's lips. We are at a turning point in the road towards a homogenous energy efficiency market. However, the...

OVERVIEW | A BUILD UP view of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

  by Arla Fytrou-Moschopoulou (Sympraxis Team)     With the new Horizon 2020 Work Programme, which was announced on 27 October 2017, the European Commission aims for a greater impact of research funding by focusing on concrete...

OVERVIEW | Linking financial incentives with the energy savings achieved

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics), Francois Durier (CETIAT), Marina Laskari (NKUA)   In the Annex “Accelerating clean energy in buildings” of the European...

OVERVIEW | Right and Tight: What’s New in Ductwork and Building Airtightness?

by Valérie Leprince (PLEIAQ), Maria Kapsalaki (INIVE), François Rémi Carrié (INIVE)   In the last decade, building airtightness testing has gradually become mandatory in Denmark, France, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom....

OVERVIEW | Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology

By Marina Laskari, Maria Saliari, Mat Santamouris – NKUA (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)    Buildings and settlements are increasingly expected to meet higher and potentially more complex levels of energy...

OVERVIEW | Re-conceptualising shopping centres from consumerism to energy conservation: the CommONEnergy project

By Roberta d’Angiolella and Marine Faber– BPIE (Buildings Performance Institute Europe)    What is the environmental impact of shopping centres? How can they be retrofitted to use energy more sustainably? What are the innovative...

Søreide primary school: Norway

The school was built in 2012/13 as a public private partnership. The main energy related targets were to achieve passive house standard, to use prefabricated timber facades and renewable energy sources. The building should reach high indoor...

OVERVIEW | Clean Energy for all Europeans: Focus on Renovation Case Studies

by Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The European Commission’s package of legislative proposals “Clean Energy for all Europeans”, which was published at the end of 2016, pursues three main goals: (a...

Plus-energy St. Franziskus Elementary School in Halle, Germany

In Halle (Saale), a plus-energy school was built as a sustainable and ecological construction made with a timber frame and cellulose insulation in accordance with the Passive House standard. The building replaces the old existing site of the St....

OVERVIEW | Building on strong foundations: BUILD UP Partners’ first reactions to the Clean Energy Package

On 30 November 2016 the European Commission published the Clean Energy Package, a 1000-page legislative proposal with the threefold goal of putting energy efficiency first, promoting the European Union’s global leadership in renewable energy, and...

OVERVIEW | ‘Energy efficiency should not be neglected as part of smart buildings’

In November, BUILD UP visited the Intelligent Buildings fair during the European Utility Week 2016. Many companies put their smart and intelligent technologies on display. Will these benefit energy efficiency in buildings?     7...

OVERVIEW | Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings – National applications of the EPBD definition

The Recast EPBD Article 9 requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs) by 31 December 2020, and new buildings occupied and owned by public authorities are NZEBs after 31 December 2018....

OVERVIEW | Ecodesign and Energy Labelling of gas and oil boilers

Two European Directives – the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives – and their accompanying regulations have introduced new requirements for fossil fuel boilers, as well as a label to inform about their performances. This article presents...

OVERVIEW – BUILD UP’s guide to the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016

The EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016 (EUSEW 2016), Europe’s largest event on sustainable energy policy, is around the corner. Part of EUSEW’s activities is its conference on policy, which takes place from Tuesday 14 to Thursday 16 June.   As usual...