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Vacuum Insulation Panel increases energy performance without compromising the usable space of a traditional Swiss house

This case study showcases how vacuum insulation panels (VIP) improved the insulation of a traditional house in Switzerland without any impact on the facade of the building and any reduction of the usable space.The family house in Thun (30 km from...

OVERVIEW | The 2030 Energy-Climate Package: Lessons learned (or not) from 20-20-20

The much anticipated sequel to the 2020 climate and energy package was adopted in 2014 amid extensive discussion, and within an intense economic situation. The article explains the main provisions of the 2030 Energy and Climate Policy Framework...

OVERVIEW | Impact of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives on HVAC products

Two European directives, the Ecodesign Directive and the Energy Labelling Directive, together with their accompanying regulations, are being implemented and will extensively modify the regulatory landscape for heating, ventilation and air...

The BIQ House: first algae-powered building in the world

 Project summarySituated in Hamburg, Germany (Am Inselpark, 17), the "building with Bio-Intelligent Quotient" (BIQ ) is the first algae powered building in the world. BIQ is a cubic, five-storey passive house with two differently...

Coventry ECO House

The Coventry ECO House project was a collaborative, learning legacy project which aimed to develop and demonstrate local capability for the design, build and operation of sustainable homes.The project consists of two detached homes. It was first...

CO2-neutral heat supply of a renovated multi-family house in Munich

 Project summaryThree multi-family houses built between 1949 and 1957 have been modernised and given an energy efficient retrofit with the aim of achieving a CO2-neutral heat supply. The urban densification of the existing space by...

OVERVIEW | Urban warming: Status, impacts and mitigation techniques

Urban warming has a very significant impact on human life: it increases energy consumption, reduces comfort levels, increases pollution concentration, threatens human health and affects the urban economy. Mitigation technologies aiming to counter...

OVERVIEW | The Proposed EU ETS Market Stability Reserve: Where are we now?

On 24 February, the Committee on Environment, Food Safety and Public Health (ENVI) of the European Parliament (EP) took a vote on the Market Stability Reserve (MSR) mechanism, a crucial issue as regards the functioning of the European Emissions...

How to program energy efficiency improvement of public real estate – a case of a small municipality

The initiative has been conducted within Alterenergy, a Strategic Project funded within the cross-border Cooperation Programme IPA-Adriatic 2007-2013.It regards Agnone, a municipality in Molise Region ( population: 5,028...

Cardiology clinic installs Window Film for energy savings while improving aesthetics and ensuring privacy: Sofia, Bulgaria

While refurbishing the city’s cardiology clinic, formally an automotive showroom, the renovation team wanted to achieve a modern look from the exterior and at the same time conceal interior partitions from view. Exterior solar control Window Film...

La Maison du tourisme de Troyes (Aube, France): Energy renovation with a concrete hemp envelope

The Tourist Information Centre in Troyes is a timber-framed construction located in the town centre (16 Rue Aristide Briand). The original building was the home of a wealthy XIII century merchant.  After being burnt by a fire in 1524, it was then...

ELIH MED Valencia Energy Efficiency Pilot project

ELIH-MED Project focuses on energy efficiency in low-income housing in the Mediterranean area in the context of the objectives of the EU 2020. The target population of the project are low-income tenants and homeowners suffering energy...

Faubourg d’Egmont - Rue du Pépin

Mixed development; residential use, office & gallery Project namePépinAssignmentDevelopment of apartments, a penthouse and an exposition roomType of assignmentPrivateClientGuillaume...

Lemons to Limes: Renovation of public housing estate in Germany

'Stadbildplanung Dortmund' converts run-down public housing estate in Germany's struggling Ruhr Valley into a fully rented Jewel!At the outset of this redevelopment project, an analysis of the estate's deficits and shortcomings was assessed. This...

NuOffice Building: exceptional envelope performance

  The Nu-Office complex is comprised of 3 separate new buildings located in Domagkstrasse (Schwabing North, adjacent to Park City Schwabing) in Munich. They have been constructed using "Sustainable Building" standards in which essential concept...

Energy efficiency in Campo dei Fiori shopping center - A pilot case of the CASSANDRA project

In the framework of the EU funded project "Cassandra" a pilot case was implemented in the “Campo dei Fiori” shopping centre in Gavirate in northern Italy.  The main objective of the pilot was to deploy the CASSANDRA software package and evaluate the...

Sant Martí Primary School and Adult Education Centre: Multipurpose municipal building in Barcelona

The Sant Marti building, located in the neighbourhood of Poblenou in Barcelona, is a multi-purpose municipal space comprised of a kindergarten and primary school (Col·legi d'Educació Infantil i Primària (CEIP) Sant Martí), an adult-education centre...

EspaiZero. A semi-retrofit of an existing building; the first Net Zero-Energy experience in Spain

The new Wattia Headquarters and EspaiZero laboratory has achieved 100% zero-energy balance in the retrofit of the ground floor of an existing building. The management company’s main objective was to demonstrate that it is possible...

Bioclimatic social housing in Paris: Rue des Orteaux logements sociaux

The refurbishment of the Rue des Orteaux social housing building was led by the SIEMP (City of Paris Real Estate Public-Private Joint Venture) and offers 20 low-energy apartments located in the 20th arrondissement of Paris....

LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community): Co-housing project using sustainable construction methods with straw bales

 LILAC (Low Impact Living Affordable Community) is the UK's first affordable, ecological cohousing project with a pioneering methodology:Encourage living as lightly on the earth as possibleAddress the need for affordable housingHave a positive...