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Maria Kapsalaki

Consultant, INIVE EEIG (Non-profit)

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How can energy related behaviours and energy conservation measures be grouped into different categories?

The most common way of categorising energy conservation measures is by cost:   Low- to No-cost measures Medium-cost measures  High-cost measures. Low- to No-cost measures require very low, if any, investment and design input. Examples of such...
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What is the best way of extending the existing knowledge on energy poverty in Europe?

Deepening the understanding and extending and refining existing knowledge should be done via multifaceted and interdisciplinary approach that involves different agencies and various stakeholders. Moreover, opportunities for policy synergies between...
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What are the complexities that underpin energy poverty in Europe?

There are not only methodological but also conceptual complexities that underpin energy poverty. Portraying energy poverty is a challenging task for numerous reasons. In the first place, energy poverty is private and confined to the home. Secondly,...
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Which are the structural components that form a green roof?

Green roofs are structurally engineered and generally comprise of six key components as illustrated in the figure bellow. These are:   The uppermost planted layer. Success of any green roof depends on how healthy the plants are....
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Do green roofs have any disadvantage?

In spite of mitigating the urban heat island phenomenon and offering numerous other benefits, green buildings have some potential disadvantages. Although they might be negligible or inconvenient to a particular group of people, these defects should...
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Which are the different types of green roofs?

Green roofs, or living roofs as they are also known, can be classified according to type of usage, construction factors and maintenance requirements, into three different types; extensive, semi-intensive and intensive green roofs.   Extensive roofs...

OVERVIEW | Possibilities and challenges of BIM with respect to the assessment of the energy performance of buildings

By Peter Wouters, INIVE   BIM (Building Information Modelling) is in many EU countries high on the agenda. This article is focusing on the potential of BIM in relation to the energy performance of building assessment and also in...

Flexibility: Enabling renewable energy uptake in the EU electricity market

This webinar focuses on the share of intermittent wind and solar power in the EU which is increasing. Reaching a low-carbon electricity sector will depend on efficient integration of these energy sources by creating more flexibility, including...

OVERVIEW | Quality of installation of heating and cooling systems in buildings

by François Durier (CETIAT)   Reducing the energy consumption of heating and cooling systems in buildings requires:   to reduce building heating and cooling needs, via high performance building envelopes, intelligent...

OVERVIEW | Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings – What’s the next step: zero energy or plus energy?

By Heike Erhorn-Kluttig (Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics)   The recast EPBD Article 9 requires Member States to ensure that all new buildings are nearly zero-energy...