New deadline for the Green Solutions Awards: June 16

Green Solutions Awards, contest 23/05/17 16:32 http://www.construction21.org/france/articles/fr/new-deadline-for-the-green-solutions-awards-june-16.html New deadline for the Green Solutions Awards: June 16

Construction21 offers you some extra time to compete in the Green Solutions Awards. Take your chance!   By participating, you will be noticed by thousands of professionals. In 2016, the competing case studies generated no less than 10,000 views each. All candidate case studies will be translated into English, Italian, Spanish, German, and Chinese for maximum visibility.   How to participate? To apply, simply publish one or more case studies of your exemplary realizations: building, neighborhood

Energy savings: 236 buildings aim for the best progression by 2020

CUBE 2020, contest, energy savings, tertiary buildings, IFPEB, carbon savings 23/05/17 14:20 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/energy-savings-236-buildings-aim-for-the-best-progression-by-2020.html Energy savings: 236 buildings aim for the best progression by 2020

As the 2020 milestone for both EU and French domestic climate and energy goals approaches, the energy savings contest CUBE 2020 gets more relevant than ever.  It is indeed a solution for owners and users of commercial and educational buildings to efficiently commit to saving the required 25% of energy imposed by French legislation to be reached before 2020. The 200 candidates of the two previous editions of the CUBE 2020 contest, a one-year long competition, saved 10 to 15% of energy on average within

Open Calls for Decision Metrics and Finance (DMF) Flagships

Climate KIC, round table, wooden construction, BTA, Switzerland 22/05/17 09:04 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/open-calls-for-decision-metrics-and-finance-dmf-flagships.html Open Calls for Decision Metrics and Finance (DMF) Flagships

On March 20th, the Building Technologies Accelerator (BTA) of Climate-KIC organized a round table in Zurich to gather stakeholders of the wooden construction sector in Switzerland. The event was meant to conduct a reflexion on the future of buildings and the place wood construction could hold in this future. Katrin Hauser, Programme Manager at BTA tells us more. Why did BTA hold this round table? Katrin Hauser: In Switzerland, wood construction represents only 6%, unlike what you could expect. It

$890m EU package to help 79 developing nations combat climate change

EU, climate change, funding, fincances, renewable energies 22/05/17 09:04 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/890m-eu-package-to-help-79-developing-nations-combat-climate-change.html $890m EU package to help 79 developing nations combat climate change

he European Union (EU) will support 79 developing nations in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP) with a €8 million ($891m) to implement a global deal to combat climate change. The European Climate Commissioner, Miguel Arias Canete, announced the move on Thursday 18 May. He said: "Today more than ever, Europe stands by its long-term partners most vulnerable to climate change. We, developed and developing countries together, will defend the Paris Agreement. We are all in, and our joint commitment

“Buildings are beautiful when people feel good in them”

health, comfort, daylight, VELUX, symposium, well-being 22/05/17 09:04 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/buildings-are-beautiful-when-people-feel-good-in-them.html “Buildings are beautiful when people feel good in them”

In the fully daylit conference room at the iconic Café Moskau, 360 participants from around the world witnessed presentations on groundbreaking daylight research and generous lectures related to daylight in architecture by leading architect offices from Europe, Canada and the USA. The key conclusion from the two days is that research and architectural practice are truly approaching each other. The use of tools, simulations and virtual reality technology can really establish a common understanding

GUIDE: Extending Beyond Energy Efficiency with Demand Response

building automation, demand, demand response, demand response applications, Demand Response for ESCOs, demand response guide, demand-side managment, flexibility management, HVAC, set point modulation 17/05/17 11:35 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/guide-extending-beyond-energy-efficiency-with-demand-response.html GUIDE: Extending Beyond Energy Efficiency with Demand Response

Although many energy professionals are using these terms interchangeably, Demand Response (DR) and Demand-Side Management (DSM) are not the same thing. However, they can definitely complement one another to help ESCOs deliver more successful, complete and effective energy management services. Advanced flexibility solutions like demand response also offer benefits beyond cost savings that typically come from energy efficiency alone. Our latest free-to-download guide was created for energy professionals

FEDARENE Position Paper – Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives Revisions

FEDARENE, EPBD, position paper 16/05/17 07:49 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/fedarene-position-paper-energy-efficiency-and-energy-performance-of-buildings-directives-revisions.html FEDARENE Position Paper – Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives Revisions

This position paper is based on consultation with the members of FEDARENE and is in response to the proposals of revision of the Energy Efficiency and Energy Performance of Buildings Directives, announced on November 30th 2016. SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS To raise the energy saving target proposed in the Energy Efficiency Directive to 40% by 2030; To specifically require that efficiency be considered before supply, and that this principle is consistently applied; To provide a clearer statement of

Watch leading architectural keynotes LIVE from Daylight Symposium

daylight, health, VELUX, symposium 16/05/17 07:49 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/watch-leading-architectural-keynotes-live-from-daylight-symposium.html Watch leading architectural keynotes LIVE from Daylight Symposium

Speakers from around the world will address new paradigms for architecture and the way we live by using insights derived from lighting, medical and architectural research. The theme of the 7th Daylight Symposium is “Healthy & Climate-Friendly Architecture – from knowledge to practice.” It will focus specifically on the use of daylight – to create buildings that promote human health and wellbeing, and minimize the negative impact of man-made structures and activities on climate change. It is crucial

Supermarket giant commits to 100% renewables

supermarkets, Tesco, renewables, emissions, GHG 16/05/17 07:49 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/supermarket-giant-commits-to-100-renewables.html Supermarket giant commits to 100% renewables

Multinational supermarket Tesco has pledged to source all of its electricity from renewables by 2030 in addition to cutting its emissions by 60 per cent by 2025 Tesco – which is one of the world’s largest retailers, with 6,500 stores in 8 countries – has become the 93rd RE100 company to commit to 100 per cent renewable energy targets. The international retail company will source more than half of its renewable energy 100 per cent target from onsite generation and power purchase agreements (PPAs

Green Finance to Catalyse the Transition to Sustainable Cities

Green finance, Climate-KIC, sustainable cities, workshop 16/05/17 07:49 http://www.construction21.org/articles/h/green-finance-to-catalyse-the-transition-to-sustainable-cities.html Green Finance to Catalyse the Transition to Sustainable Cities

The urban environment is increasingly being recognized as a critical player in transitions towards a sustainable society. Cities worldwide are prioritising climate change action. Yet, financing the transition proves to be one of the key challenges. This was the issue Climate-KIC and the City of Gothenburg intented to find solutions to at a workshop in March.  Thus far, it has been difficult for cities to generate the finance needed to get low-carbon projects off the ground. From the financial side




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