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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.  ...

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...