This book discusses six environmental and three purely energy based certification systems along with four briefly discussed certification systems:• the British BREEAM Assessment Method• the US LEED Rating System• the German DGNB Certification System• the Australian Green Star Rating System• the Swedish Miljöbyggnad system• and the French HQE system• the European Green Building Programme• the Swiss Minergie Building Standard• and the German Passive House (Passivhaus) Standard• the Japanese CASBEE assessment system
Post date: 31 jan 2013
‘In 2011, for the first time, European investments in renewable energies were higher than for conventional fuels. Europe already produces over 3.8 GW from wind power alone!’ said Oettinger, adding that there would be ‘no sustainable economic growth without sustainable energy’. The Commissioner promised ‘more jobs in renewable energy, on top of the million we have already created’.
Post date: 30 jan 2013
A number of common Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) models - shared savings and variable contract terms - are explained and a number of short case studies are outlined. It also illustrates the EPC procurement stages and identifies contractual considerations that are of particular relevance to public sector organisations.
Post date: 28 jan 2013
This Guide provides information on the structuring of
EPCs for public buildings and refers to additional sources
of good practice. Furthermore, the Guide is designed to
help readers address the challenges of reducing the energy
consumption and GHG emissions of public buildings while
transferring project risks to the private sector. This includes
Design, Build and Finance (“DBF”), and in some cases,
Operation and Maintenance (“O&M”).
Post date: 28 jan 2013
One might ask why certify at all? The reasons vary from stronger branding with an environmental profile and ensuring a good indoor environment, to energy efficiency and “guaranteed” building quality leading to more tenants and higher occupancy rates which ultimately can give increased financial value of a building. All this leads to an important message which is to understand the certification systems and to be able to compare them on a good level.
Post date: 26 jan 2013
Could you tell us about EPEC’s work, especially how it relates to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy?EPEC was established in September 2008 as a unique cooperative initiative of the EIB, the European Commission and EU Candidate Countries and Member States. We have an international team of 18 professionals working on a range of PPP issues alongside Member States.
Post date: 26 jan 2013
Mentioning a '20% increase in energy efficiency' as one of the main priorities set out in the Europe 2020 strategy for 'smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,' Hahn spoke firmly about the important role of cities in acheiving these ends:
'There has been much talk in Brussels in the past couple of years about these objectives and how to achieve them,' said Hahn. 'I can tell you one thing very clearly: we will never achieve them without Europe's cities.
Post date: 15 jan 2013
The main aim of REScoop 20-20-20, a new IEE-supported initiative (launched in April, 2012) according to Dirk Vansintjan, the project’s coordinator, ‘... is to bring to the surface all the renewable energy cooperatives around Europe; all the pioneers responsible for these initiatives, all their expertise, and all their experiences—both good and bad.’
Post date: 10 jan 2013
The analysis will serve as the basis for broad discussions with public and private stakeholders about current gaps, future needs and priorities. The discussions will lead to the elaboration and endorsement of a national roadmap of priority measures to up-skill the qualification of craftsmen, other on-site workers and system installers of buildings. The identified measures aim at supporting the construction of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) from 2020 onwards.
Post date: 9 jan 2013
The Status Quo reports analyse the current situation and trends of the labour force in the building industry. This analysis will serve as the basis for broad discussions with public and private stakeholders about current gaps, future needs and priorities. These discussions will lead to the elaboration and endorsement of a national roadmap of priority measures to up-skill the qualification of craftsmen, other on-site workers and system installers of buildings. The identified measures aim at supporting the construction of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB) from 2020 onwards.
Post date: 13 déc 2012