The goal of reaching zero-energy buildings can be met by improving their design and relying on renewable energies
Building projects require processing and communication of large amounts of complex data. Now, software solutions make it possible to retrieve details of a given project at any time
Low energy buildings can benefit from sophisticated computer platforms capable of integrating the diversity of technical information required during the building stage and beyond
Recycling concrete from buildings that are no longer needed requires long-term thinking at the building’s inception
Reducing the energy consumption of an office building does not automatically imply less comfort for the users.
In Munich, a newly erected office building, called the NuOffice, has been awarded with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificate.
Energy efficiency in buildings needs to be tailored for to make the most of external and seasonal meteorological and climate conditions
Managing the building’s different energy processes is key to ensure both higher energy efficiency and users’ comfort, but users hold part of the responsibility
The building energy efficiency challenge is different for industrial applications. Optimising energy efficiency may require greater integration of the buildings’ design, construction and maintenance
A new project makes the user interface for intelligent buildings monitor energy supply and consumption more easily accessible to everybody, from geeks to computer-illiterates.
Scientists devised a new wireless and energy autonomous sensor network using in collective buildings to monitor heating, ventilation and air conditioning and reduce energy consumption
Performing life cycle assessment of energy efficient buildings can prevent shifting the environmental burden in different stages of the building’s lifespan
A new heat-trading simulation tool could help create the kind of open-market for heat trading as a means to avoid dumping useful heat and save energy while reducing carbon dioxide emissions
Life cycle analysis serves as a tool to evaluate the environmental impact over the life time of buildings and thus to improve their green performance beyond a mere reduction of energy consumption
Strickbau buildings in Appenzell appear to be on the verge of disappearance.
A conservation effort in Appenzell, Switzerland, could lead to the revival of local heritage buildings made with the unique Strickbau construction technique
By making Strickbau wood log building more energy efficient, scientists are participating to their revival and use for modern living
How to limit the costs of energy buildings? Before technologies allowing energy consumption reduction are accepted by the market, their cost has to decrease
Adopting cost-effective energy efficiency solutions as standards
Giving energy consumer feedback on similar users’ consumption helps them gain sustained control over their own energy use. This novel energy management approach combines intelligent monitoring of energy use with personalised advice and information sharing within user groups.
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