‘It’s the housing, stupid’: How homes harm our health

By |oktober 1st, 2018|energy performance of buildings directive, EPBD, healthy homes, Maroš Šefčovič, News|

Most of Europe’s buildings are over forty years old and are largely inefficient. Poorly insulated, leaky buildings have a real impact on inhabitant and worker health, according to the latest edition of the Healthy Homes Barometer.

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Theresa May unveils plan to halve building energy use by 2030

By |maj 22nd, 2018|building renovation, Buildings Directive, energy performance of buildings directive, EPBD, News|

UK Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to halve energy use from new buildings by 2030, as part of a speech that championed the role science and technology will play in delivering her government's industrial strategy. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net repo...

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Buildings renovation: The low hanging fruit for emissions savings

By |april 17th, 2018|building renovation, energy performance of buildings directive, energy poverty, EPBD, News|

With real estate responsible for over a third of the EU’s CO2 emissions, legislating to improve energy savings in the building stock is a low hanging fruit that our governments would be mad not to pick, argues Eliot Whittington.

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Fuel poverty and affordable housing: Connecting the dots

By |januar 31st, 2018|Buildings Directive, energy performance of buildings directive, EPBD, healthy buildings, housing, News|

There seems to be rising momentum to connect the dots between energy efficiency, fuel poverty and the EU's broader 2030 objectives, writes Sorcha Edwards.

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Avoiding common traps in energy savings (mis)calculation

By |januar 18th, 2018|Buildings Directive, Energy efficiency, energy performance of buildings directive, EPBD, News|

Inconsistencies in the calculation of energy savings could derail global sustainability efforts, warn Tom Machinchick and Dr. Andreas Hermelink. Together, they investigate the effect of non-persistence in energy conservation measures on meeting the Par...

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Closing the energy performance gap of buildings

By |januar 15th, 2018|energy performance of buildings directive, EPBD, heating and cooling, heating and cooling strategy, News|

Despite new efficient technologies, the actual performance of the heating, cooling or ventilation system of buildings is often worse than calculations or declarations. The good news is that EU policy makers have just committed to tackle this performance gap in the new energy performance of buildings directive (EPBD), writes André Borouchaki.

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EU deal on ‘nearly zero energy buildings’ by 2050

By |december 19th, 2017|energy performance of buildings directive, EPBD, News|

European Union lawmakers reached a tentative agreement Tuesday (19 December) on some key parts of a draft law that will facilitate the renovation of Europe’s existing building stock, with the aim of reaching nearly zero energy buildings by 2050, EU sources said.

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Peter Liese MEP: ‘Intelligent lighting has biggest saving potential’

By |oktober 11th, 2017|EPBD, light bulbs, lighting, News|

Almost ten years after the EU imposed a ban on incandescent light bulbs, German MEP Peter Liese says much more savings can be achieved with modern lighting technology. But he also cautions against the temptation to over-regulate.

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Energy performance of buildings

By |oktober 9th, 2017|building renovation, energy efficiency in buildings, EPBD, News|

Lawmakers in the European Parliament's industry committee are voting this week on the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). EURACTIV.com takes a closer look at the latest changes made to the bill before it clears this major political hurdle.

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Renovation is about more than just energy savings

By |oktober 2nd, 2017|building renovation, energy-efficient renovation, EPBD, News|

The multiple benefits of building renovation programmes include known advantages in terms of reduced energy bills and job creation. But less is known about other benefits like avoided healthcare costs, and even higher exam success rates for students, writes Adrian Joyce.

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