Practices

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Highlighted Practices

OVERVIEW | Exemplary role of public buildings under the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

Obligations under Article 5 of the EED   Article 5 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED, Directive 2012/27/EU) complements the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD, Directive 2010/31/EU) with respect to the renovation...

OVERVIEW | Data tools supporting improved energy performance of buildings: Evolution and perspectives. Part 2 – Integrated Hardware and Software

The evolution of data tools that support improved energy performance of buildings follows the broader development of data management and processing, a field which has expanded rapidly in recent years. This article reviews the various types of...

Neobuild Innovation Centre: Living Lab of construction technology solutions

The Neobuild Innovation Centre (NIC) is a ground-breaking, showcase building. This building incorporates a number of innovative processes and materials in its construction. In addition, it is a Living Lab where a variety of different materials,...

Passive House Che

  The architectural concept was to design a simple sustainable house having two storeys and integrating this house into a special location: a mature forest in the heart of Suceava.   The building has been developed discreetly around an inner...

Vacuum insulation panel (VIP) technology helps turn ‘70s secondary school into state of the art passive house

To renovate the secondary school of Freilassing in Bavaria following the passive house requirements, the architects decided to use Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs) to save as much space as possible.The ultra-thin and high performing VIPs allowed the...

OVERVIEW | Selected international Examples of Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings

Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD) indicates that EU Member States must ensure that by 2021 all new buildings, and already by 2019 all new public buildings, are nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEBs). Article 2 of the EPBD defines the term NZEB as a building...

OVERVIEW | Energy Efficiency in Public, Cooperative and Social Housing within the context of the Energy Union

Housing and the EU Energy Union   The Energy Union is a strategy proposed by the European Commission and endorsed by Member States which aims to make energy policies more coherent in the EU, while contributing to the fight...

PlusEnergy building renovation with prefabricated thermal façade elements: Kapfenberg

 Project summaryThe case study of this PlusEnergy renovated building has been proposed as a practical and innovative approach to use as a potential solution for retrofitting the huge quantity of existing post-war residential...

Vallda Heberg: a Swedish certified passive house residential area

Vallda Heberg is a residential area in Sweden where all of the buildings are designed, built and certified according to the Swedish passive house standard. The national standard includes specific construction elements in the building design, such as...

University Research Centre, Technical University, Sofia, Bulgaria

 The renovation of the University Research Centre at the Technical University of Sofia was performed with the objective of improving the university infrastructure and the building energy performance by no less than 45% when compared to the current...

Messequartier Graz, Austria

 This housing complex was built to meet the passive house standard. The main focus was to offer a variety of common spaces (like service areas, a nursery, and student and senior housing) in a central location and to have a lot of open spaces. The...

Multi-family apartment building Šparna hiža, Koprvnica, Croatia

 Project summaryThis multi-family apartment building in Croatia was planned and constructed to meet the requirements for a Class A energy performance with less than 15 kWh/m².year for heating. It is comprised of 28 apartments...

Green Lighthouse: Denmark’s first public carbon-neutral building

​Green Lighthouse is Denmark’s first public carbon-neutral building. The building has been built in less than a year in a close public/private partnership.It is a round, sculptural building with high ceilings and an open, spacious floorplan. It is...

OVERVIEW | Data tools supporting improved energy performance of buildings: Evolution and perspectives. Part 1 – Software

The evolution of data tools that are used to improve the energy performance of buildings follows the broader development of data management and processing, a field which has expanded rapidly in recent years. This article reviews the various...

OVERVIEW | The elusive but all-important price of carbon

On 30/11/2015, the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC) will begin in Paris with high expectations. Within this context, the financial price assigned to CO2...

REEFLEX: International student residential hall

 REEFLEX is an international student residence that combines residential living as well as hotel accommodation. This unique concept meets the housing needs for students who require a short or medium stay (a few nights or months) such as...

OVERVIEW | Quality and compliance issues in relation to the energy performance of buildings

Effective implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive in practice implies, among other things, high quality construction works such that a completed building’s energy performance is as planned. It also requires national...

OVERVIEW | Financing Schemes: Funds for an Energy Efficient Urban Environment (updated)

The BUILD UP Financing Schemes section aims to inform eligible beneficiaries, on new and existing funding opportunities in the field of buildings’ energy efficiency. Information relevant to anyone from public authorities to private business, and...

Burnham Overy Staithe

Located in Burnham Overy Staithe, in Norfolk, United Kingdom, these Passivhaus units consist of a terrace of three dwellings, forming part of a mixed development of affordable and open market housing reflecting the local vernacular of traditional...

OVERVIEW | BUILD UP’s guide to EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015

With its own stand and numerous events organised by its Partners, BUILD UP will be omnipresent at the upcoming EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 (EUSEW 2015). This article gives an overview of the activities of BUILD UP Partners during the event.  ...