The 19th of January the official European Week of Regions and Cities 2017 kick-off meeting was held in order to decide the themes for this annual rendez-vous of regional and local practitioners. Secretary-General Jiří Buriánek (CoR) and Director-General Marc Lemaître (DG REGIO) welcomed old and new potential partner and talked, among other topics, about the role of cohesion policy. This year’s European Week will take place just ahead of the publication of the Cohesion Report and of the presentation
ECTP Energy efficient building technologies webinars
To share success stories and increase awareness on promising technologies among the Energy efficient Buildings Public-Private Partnership (EeB PPP) projects, 7 webinars were organised in the framework of EeB-CA2 CSA, whose ECTP is a partner, in October and November 2016.
The selected technologies were identified among EeB PPP projects through innovation assessments. The fields of technologies were defined according to the construction-related research & innovation value chain of the EeB PPP Roadmap
Webinar – Supporting EPC market development through EPC Facilitation Services – Key outputs from the Streetlight-EPC project
The Streetlight-EPC project has created demand and supply for Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) in 9 regions by setting up regional EPC facilitation services and supporting projects towards implementation. The facilitation services provided comprehensive support to municipalities (including members of the Covenant of Mayors) and (potential) ESCOs. In the frame of Streetlight-EPC, 30 projects have already been implemented using a variety of EPC models and 10 more with other financing or operational
The MOOC Green Building at the intersection of energy and digital transitions
As the first Green Building MOOCs both dedicated to sustainable renovation, start in France, Catherine Mongenet of France Université Numérique (France Digital University), looks back on this new form of learning still unknown for the building sector.
What is FUN ?
Catherine Mongenet : France Université Numérique was born in 2014 from an initiative of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. It aims to federate online courses and trainings issued by French universities and schools and
Capital city of Bangladesh, Dhaka, about to access cleaner water
The Awani party has returned to power, in 2014, for the third time in the person of Sheikh Hasani. It is now tackling one of Bangladesh's worst endemic problem: water pollution. An international endeavor is under way to provide all Bangladeshi with clean water.
Water isn't clean in Bangladesh. Several national and international surveys have repeatedly shown that water in Bangladesh is nothing short of poisonous. The lacklustre water drainage system is barely enough to manage water in normal conditions
Respiratory illnesses cost European Governments 82 billion Euros per year
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
Project save@work – using behaviour change to drive down workplace energy use
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
Scaling up deep energy renovation
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Scaling up deep energy renovation
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
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
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
Construction21 is a collaborative platform dedicated to building professionals, to help them discover and develop new ways of sustainable building. Initially developed with the support of European Union (IEE project), Construction21 platforms are managed by non-profit and academic organizations closely linked to building sector in each country.