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Modular facades for tailored retrofitting
Modular facades for tailored retrofitting
Innovative solutions are required to improve the energy efficiency of the existing residential building stock in Europe. But combining such innovation with better management and new business models creates unique retrofitting opportunities .
Gloria Piaggio – Genoa, a Smart City
Gloria Piaggio – Genoa, a Smart City
Cities substantially contribute to European air pollution as they are the source of about 36% of the total CO 2 emissions. Modern cities therefore raise sustainability concerns.
Greening our cities
Greening our cities
Imagine a city could halve its energy consumption, costs and greenhouse gas emissions. This would get closer to levels that would ensure sustainability of resources.
User-led sustainable buildings
User-led sustainable buildings
Those who live in low-energy buildings are not experts. But energy professionals have been aware of the importance of meeting their needs, right from conception stage.
Revamping existing buildings to make them energy efficient
Revamping existing buildings to make them energy efficient
Tackling energy loss from buildings is one of the key objectives to reach greater sustainability, when it comes to energy consumption.
Magdalena Karolina Rozanska – Face-lifting buildings to save energy
Magdalena Karolina Rozanska – Face-lifting buildings to save energy
Buildings are responsible for 40% of Europe’s total primary energy consumption. Residential buildings represent about 80% of the total building stock.
Energy efficient building in the public eye
Energy efficient building in the public eye
The heating and cooling of buildings take a large share in the energy consumption in Europe . The average energy consumption in the non-residential sector, such as public and industrial buildings, is estimated to be at least 40% greater than in the residential sector.
Restore History and Save Energy
Restore History and Save Energy
Restoring historic buildings and saving energy at the same time is now a reality. Passive house window expert Franz Freundorfer developed the heat-saver for the Waaghaus in Bolzano, a building from the 13th century .
Making Europe’s cultural heritage more energy efficient
Making Europe’s cultural heritage more energy efficient
A well-accepted measure for climate protection involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions . And buildings have the greatest energy saving potential, according to the official EU Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 .
Alexandra Troi: Retrofitting of historical buildings requires multiple expertise
Alexandra Troi: Retrofitting of historical buildings requires multiple expertise
Historical buildings and town quarters are an integral part of the European cultural heritage. However, such buildings are often not very energy efficient and thus contribute substantially to the emission of greenhouse gases.
BIM: changing the way architects and builders work
BIM: changing the way architects and builders work
The construction of a building does not only start with its design by architects and engineers.
Low energy district renovation
Low energy district renovation
The overall building stock represents about 40% of the EU’s energy consumption. It also produces about 36% of its total CO2 emissions. Besides, new buildings only account for 1% to 1.
Ulrich Filippi Oberegger – Improving building design to reach zero-energy consumption
Ulrich Filippi Oberegger – Improving building design to reach zero-energy consumption
Ulrich Filippi Oberegger is a senior researcher in the energy management in buildings group of the Institute for Renewable Energy of EURAC Research . He tells youris.
A new collaboration era for the building sector
A new collaboration era for the building sector
The building sector has traditionally been fragmented. Many different actors are involved at different stages, from the design to the performance monitoring stage.
Silvia Demattè: Sharing information to make better decisions in building sector
Silvia Demattè: Sharing information to make better decisions in building sector
EnginSoft , is an Italian consultancy specialised in computer-aided-engineering. It has experience of contributing to the development of low energy buildings, under the EU-funded DIRECTION research project.
Rubén García: how to refurbish urban residential low energy districts
Rubén García: how to refurbish urban residential low energy districts
Achieving nearly zero energy consuming cities: this is the goal of three large scale district renovation projects. They are currently being tested in Valladolid, Spain, Genoa, Italy and Kartal - Istanbul, Turkey.
Buildings rising from the ashes
Buildings rising from the ashes
Urban mining is increasingly being taken seriously by industry because it gives access to materials—such as expensive metals used in electronics—that are buried in waste tips and landfills.
Michael Krause: Reconciling energy efficiency and comfort
Michael Krause: Reconciling energy efficiency and comfort
The NuOffice in Munich is an office building and one of the showcases of the EU-funded project DIRECTION . The first building phase was completed in 2012, the second and third will be completed in 2014 and 2015.
Most Sustainable Office in the World
Most Sustainable Office in the World
Much effort has been put into its planning and construction to reach this high-level of sustainability, which makes it the most sustainable newly erected office building worldwide , according to LEEDS standards.
Jose Luís Alfranca: Harnessing diverse climate and weather conditions
Jose Luís Alfranca: Harnessing diverse climate and weather conditions
To make a building sustainable, taking into account its climatic conditions is key. No better examples than the three showcase buildings under the EU funded  DIRECTION project.
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