Project save@work – using behaviour change to drive down workplace energy use

Save at work, energy efficiency, energy savings, behaviour, users 16/01/17 12:25

Keeping our office buildings warm and lit uses a lot of energy, nearly 40% of final energy consumption can be attributed to buildings, with 12% of the EU building stock either publically owned or occupied.  The public sector is a large employer and is often at the forefront of climate friendly initiatives, keen to lead by example as a climate conscious organisation and employer.  Working with the public sector, the Horizon 2020 funded save@work project taps into their desire to lead the way and put

Respiratory illnesses cost European Governments 82 billion Euros per year

health, comfort, respiratory illnesses 16/01/17 12:25

The research from Fraunhofer IBP reveals the socio-economic costs of asthma and COPD, which are proven effects also of living in damp and unhealthy buildings. The costs are 82 billion Euros annually, covering European governments’ direct expenses on medical treatment and additional care for patients in- and outside of hospitals, as well as indirect costs due to loss of productivity. The study also reveals that close to 84 million Europeans live in damp or mouldy dwellings, which increases their risk

Scaling up deep energy renovation

innovation, construction, industry, best practices 13/01/17 10:12

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe and the Industrial Innovation for Competitiveness (i24c) initiative explored in a multi-stakeholder process how Europe can rapidly ramp up the innovation and competitiveness of the construction sector throughout the entire value chain to scale up the depth and rate of energy renovation. The results show that successful programmes of deep energy renovation are feasible at a large scale provided they are supported by policy measures, by more collaboration

Webinar: Energy Trends and Predictions for 2017

webinar, 2017, trends, energy 13/01/17 09:17

What can building managers expect from 2017? As a busy manager, chances are you don't have time to scan Twitter all day to stay on top of the latest energy news and trends. With such an overload of information, it's more important than ever to know not only what's going on but what is worth your time and attention in such a dynamic, growing and rapidly evolving industry. What better moment than the beginning of a brand new year to get a head start? Join our next webinar featuring a live Q&A session

Thermally efficient social housing for young adults

efficiency, social housing, thermal efficiency, insulation, flood resilience, heating, 13/01/17 06:49

When young people move out of supported accommodation the leap to independent living can be tough. A new project in the north west of England is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into managed accommodation for young adults, while also improving its thermal efficiency. Young people can find themselves homeless or in housing need for many reasons. In the UK, once they are 16 years old they are often placed in managed rented accommodation. But these units – often small flats

European Conference on the Energy Transition – Data4Action – 26 Jan 2017 in Bordeaux

energy transition, conference, energy agencies 12/01/17 09:15

The European Energy Transition Conference is the main annual meeting of local energy transition stakeholders: elected representatives in charge of energy, climate plans or planning, heads of local authority departments, businesses and civil society. Every year, they analyse the main trends at work behind societal changes and the challenges faced by local authorities. Participants take an active part in the event; over 100 workshops, forums and laboratories are organised in parallel sessions to present

VELUX partners with Netatmo on Smart Home innovation

VELUX, Netatmo, Smart home, innovation, health, comfort 12/01/17 09:15

VELUX today announces a partnership with revolutionary smart home company Netatmo. VELUX is working with Netatmo to develop innovative indoor climate solutions called VELUX Active. Both the partnership and the product concept are being announced today, in the context of CES Unveiled – the preview to the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA. The first VELUX ACTIVE products are expected to launch in autumn 2017. They will include WiFi gateway and smart controls for VELUX Integra roof windows

ExcEED project website now live!

database, energy efficiency, state-of-the-art buildings, consumption, monitoring, ExcEED 11/01/17 16:04

The EU-funded project, ExcEED – standing for “European Energy Efficient building district Database”-, promises to establish a robust and durable return of knowledge mechanism collecting actual buildings energy performance data and providing information to designers, energy managers and policy makers. The project answers the need for transparency and comparability of energy performance calculations. The scope of ExcEED is to create a European database for measured and qualitative data on beyond the

Stunning Visualisation Reveals Europe’s Real-Time Electricity Emissions

energy, renewable energy, Big Data, Open Data, European Union 09/01/17 10:41

An open source project visualises the emissions of electricity generation across Europe along with the potential for renewable energy. The Electricity Map project has integrated live data feeds into an interactive map of Europe to show how electricity is distributed across the continent, what energy sources are used and how much carbon is being produced to generate it. Using up-to-date weather data, the tool also shows what the current potential for solar and wind power is in individual countries

How to Evaluate Energy Management Tools

energy management, energy management tools, energy efficiency technology, am&T 05/01/17 11:40

The best energy management tool is not the most expensive one on the market, or the one packed with the most features. It’s the one that fits your needs.  To clarify: not only should your energy management software suit your current project requirements, but it must also offer flexible possibilities to scale and align with your business growth goals - whether it's for one building, a portfolio or even an entire company. Of course, all of this has to be affordable. Not to mention the list of the latest

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