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    The European Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

    December 7th, 2018

    On 28 November 2018, the European Commission published in a communication its strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate-neutral economy by 2050 – A Clean Planet for All. A European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy.

    The strategy shows how Europe can lead the way to climate neutrality by investing into realistic technological solutions, empowering citizens, and aligning action in key areas such as industrial policy, finance, or research. It will build on the new energy policy framework established under the Clean Energy for All Europeans package.

    The purpose of this long-term strategy is not to set targets, but to create a vision and sense of direction, plan for it, and inspire as well as enable stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens alike to develop new and innovative industries, businesses and associated jobs.

    The road to a climate neutral economy would require joint action in seven strategic areas:

    • energy efficiency
    • deployment of renewables
    • clean, safe and connected mobility
    • competitive industry and circular economy
    • infrastructure and interconnections
    • bio-economy and natural carbon sinks
    • carbon capture and storage to address remaining emissions.

    Benefits from zero emission buildings, in both residential and services sectors are clearly addressed in the strategy. To this end, the communication stresses the need to achieve and sustain higher renovation rates of the existing building stock, with tools such as energy efficiency digitalisation, home automation and smart appliances, improved construction materials. The document also highlights that an integrated approach and consistency across all relevant policies will be necessary for the modernisation of the built environment and mobilisation of all actors. Consumer engagement, including through consumer associations, will be a key element in this process.

    The communication can be downloaded here.

    Source: European Commission © European Union, 1995-2018

    EU Sustainable Energy Awards – call for entries open!

    January 17th, 2018

    Organised by the European Commission (Directorate-General for Energy and EASME), EUSEW takes place every year in June. The 2018 focus is on energy transition and will cover a series of activities with an EU-wide scope. In addition to the EU Sustainable Energy Awards, event activities will feature a policy conference (5–7 June 2018), networking opportunities and local sustainable energy events, all dedicated to building a secure energy future for Europe.

    To have a chance of winning, nominated activities, projects and actions must be ongoing, or not concluded before 30 June 2018, and carried out within the EU28. These conditions also hold for the organisation running the activities, projects and actions.

    Projects should be outstanding, innovative with original features, and they should have a measurable impact in that they help reduce energy use or work with renewable energy in a way that will contribute to the EU’s climate and energy goals.

    You can find further information about the awards, as well as eligibility, assessment rules and the application process, on the EUSEW2018 website. The deadline for applications is 23 February 2018.

    Call for Abstracts for IEECB&SC’18 is open until 5 February

    January 16th, 2018

    The 10th international Conference on Improving Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings  and Smart Communities (IEECB&SC’18) will be held from 21 to 22 March 2018 during the Light+Building trade fair.

    The conference is addressed to energy policy makers at international, national, and local level, academic, researchers and energy efficiency experts, ESCOs, utilities, buildings energy and environmental managers, buildings engineers and architects, equipment manufacturers and commercial property investors, with the aim to promote and diffuse the concept of energy efficiency in new and existing commercial buildings and enlarge the market for low consumption and sustainable non- residential buildings.

    The conference covers also the  topic of smart and sustainable districts, communities and cities, as energy systems efficiency and renewable energies are  often optimized at district or city level.

    The topics for the Call for Abstracts include:
    • (non-residential) Building policies and programmes, including design, implementation and evaluation;
    • (non-residential) Building design, retrofits and simulation programmes;
    • Specific technologies (HVAC, lighting, advanced material for insulation and storage, RES integration, poly-generation, building control systems);
    • Audits and commissioning, energy management, ESCOs and financing ;
    • Control systems, Smart buildings and demand response;
    • Behaviour  (occupants and property owners)  and investment decisions;
    • Smart and sustainable districts, communities and cities.

    The conference aims at attracting international experts, policy makers and companies to allow exchanges of experiences and best practices among different countries and continents.

    Accepted abstracts will be presented at the conference (oral presentation). There are no registration fees for accepted abstract presenters, including co-authors.

    More information in the Call for Abstracts here (deadline for submission is 5 February 2018 – abstracts shall be sent to paolo.bertoldi@ec.europa.eu).

    EUSEW 2018: Save the date

    December 21st, 2017

    EU Sustainable Energy Week will be back for its 13th edition, from 4 to 8 June 2018 in Brussels.  This year’s theme of Europe’s most important conference on energy efficiency and renewables is Energy transition.

    Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders will debate policy developments, best practices, initiatives and ideas that support Europe’s move towards clean, secure and efficient power as part of the Energy Union. Beside the Policy Conference, EUSEW 2018 will include a Networking Village, the EU Sustainable Energy Awards and the Energy Days.

    Apply to host a conference session or receive an award at EU Sustainable Energy Week, or set up a local Energy Day. Calls for applications will open in January 2018.

    Detailed information will follow soon. #EUSEW18

    Cooperation WSED – ECTP

    December 15th, 2017

    The conference and tradeshow World Sustainable Energy Days 2018 will take place from 28 February to 2 March 2018 in Wels, Austria. Clean energy for economic competitiveness and how to make the clean energy transition work for business, planet and people will be core themes of the World Sustainable Energy Days 2018. The annual conference brings together more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries from business, public sector and the research community.

    As a partner of WSED conference, ECTP has been invited to make a presentation at the Technology and Innovation Conference on 1 March (afternoon). The Results from the Energy-Efficient Buildings Public-Private Partnership (EeB PPP) will be presented by Antoine Aslanides (E2B Committee Executive Board Member & EeB PPP Partnership Board Co-Chair).

    WSED 2018 offers 7 conferences and 3 interactive events covering technologies, policies and markets:
    European Energy Efficiency Conference
    * Energy Efficiency Economy Conference
    * Technology Innovation: Energy and Buildings
    * E-Mobility & Smart Buildings Conference
    * Energy Efficiency Policy Workshop
    European Pellet Conference
    Young Energy Researchers Conference: Energy Efficiency & Biomass
    Technical Site Visits & Poster Presentation

    For more information on WSED 2018 and registration: http://www.wsed.at/en/world-sustainable-energy-days.html

    CIB W78 35th Annual Conference (1-3 October 2018). Key dates

    December 4th, 2017

    The International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction CIB will organise its annual conference on IT in Design, Construction and Management in Chicago, Illinois.

    CIB has developed into a worldwide network of over 5000 experts from about 500 member organisations with a research, university, industry or government background, who collectively are active in all aspects of research and innovation for building and construction.

    The “Accelerating BIM Research Workshop” series will be held the day before the conference.

    More information to follow on the dedicated website at http://mypages.iit.edu/~cibw78/

    Key dates
    Abstract submission: 31 January 2018
    Abstracts acceptance notification: 28 February 2018
    Paper submission: 15 April 2018
    Paper acceptance notification: 01 May 2018
    Final paper submission: 31 May 2018
    Early registration: 08 June 2018
    Author’s registration: 15 July 2018.

    Building4People: white paper released by Buildings 2030 initiative

    November 24th, 2017

    Buildings 2030’s vision is for all buildings in Europe to provide people with comfortable, healthy and productive spaces, while minimizing their carbon footprint. The health and built environment sectors work together towards this common ambition.

    It is supported by a grant from the European Climate Foundation and the ClimateWorks Foundation.

    This initiative aims to mainstream the demand for high performing buildings in Europe by seeking public and private sector commitments to invest in better indoor environments by 2030. People’s health, wellbeing and productivity must be a core priority alongside building performance.

    Buildings we live and work in are affecting our environment, our physical & mental health, our wellbeing and even our productivity. People spend on average 90% of time indoors and one in six Europeans live in unhealthy buildings. Buildings 2030 believe that it is time to put people at the center, this approach is called Building4People.

    A white paper has been released and the Executive Summary can be downloaded here.

    cPPP Impact Workshop 2017: Report and Presentations published – August 2017

    August 25th, 2017

    This 7th Impact Workshop, organised by the European Commission on 17 May 2017, gathered representatives of Horizon 2020 projects funded under the 2014-2016 cPPP calls for proposals, and the members of the cPPP Partnership Boards.

    The objective of the workshop was to assess the impact of the contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) :
    – Energy Efficient Buildings
    – Factories of the Future
    – Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency.

    The expected outcome was to increase the possible impact of cPPP projects after the end of the EU funding and to collect evidence on the leverage and impact generated by the cPPPs.

    The report of the workshop is published on the EU Law and Publications website.

    Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate in Buildings is out! Edition of 01 June 2017

    June 1st, 2017

    The June issue of the “Energy Efficiency and Indoor Climate in Buildings” newsletter has just been released.

    This monthly online newspaper contains relevant information on the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), TightVent Europe, the international platform on ventilative cooling (venticool) & IEA EBC annex 62-ventilative cooling and the QUALICHeCK project.

    The paper is available at the first of every month at: http://news.inive.org/

    2017 Impact Workshop on the cPPPs in Horizon 2020

    May 20th, 2017

    The yearly Impact Workshop for the three contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) took place in Brussels on 16-17 May 2017. It was the occasion for the cPPPs projects to present their successful outcomes, advancement and more generally share their experience and good practices of project-building.

    As regards the Energy efficient Buildings (EeB) cPPP, the first day of the Impact Workshop was organized by the ECTP E2B Committee. The workshop began with two addresses by the European Commission on the topics of energy efficiency in buildings through Horizon 2020, cPPP achievements and challenges followed by an introduction to the proposal amending the Energy Performance of Building Directive. It was then divided into four sessions, with EeB cPPP projects “success stories”:

    • Advanced Materials and nanotechnology
    • Design, Construction Process, end of life, cross cutting information
    • Technology Building blocks, Energy Performance monitoring and management,
    • ICT, BIM/Data and Interoperability.

    A zip file with the EeB cPPP project presentations is available here.

    The second day was organized by the European Commission and focused on success stories from the EeB, Factories of the Future and Sustainable Process Industry cPPPs. Discussions focused on lessons learnt from the cPPPs, difficulties encountered, as well as the “after end-of-project” impact. A replay is available at the following link: https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/ppps-impact-workshop#

    A report of the workshop will be published soon by the EC on the event dedicated webpage.

    The EeB PPP Project Review 2017 is now available!

    May 2nd, 2017

    The sixth edition of the EeB PPP Project Review has been published.

    This yearly publication presents the progress and results of 110 co-funded projects within the EeB PPP under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) for 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and 45 co-funded projects under the Horizon 2020 programme for 2014, 2015 and 2016.

    This new edition highlights current results and achieved or potential impact of the EeB PPP Projects. The projects demonstrate scientific and technological excellence, across all levels, from early stage conception to demonstration of almost ready-to-market innovations. Distributed into 7 technology-clusters defined according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap (Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM), the 155 research projects featured in this brochure illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sector.

    You can download the 2017 version of the Project Review here.

    European Commission report: Good practice in energy efficiency

    April 15th, 2017

    In November 2016, the European Commission presented the Clean Energy for all Europeans package. Followed the Good Practice in Energy Efficiency report, which goal is to show the importance of clean energy transition and explain that huge improvements in energy efficiency are occurring across the European Union. Still, it recognizes that there are numerous challenges to overcome, and offer to look at various innovative solutions and projects. This document presents various examples of good practices of clean energy transition and innovation from policy making and implementation, research and development across different sectors and throughout all 28 Member States.

    One part of this report focuses particularly on the importance of Energy Efficiency in buildings:

    In 2014, European building stock accounted for 30% of the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions, which equates to approximately 40% of the European Union’s total energy consumption. The challenge is to lower these numbers by retrofitting and innovation for newly constructed buildings. In order to promote solution and innovative projects in this field, the report is divided into different sub-parts: Read the rest of this entry »

    SAVE THE DATE: 17 May cPPP Impact Workshop – Brussels

    March 3rd, 2017

    The yearly Impact Workshop for the three contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) organised by the EC will take place on 17 May 2017 in Albert Borschette Congress Center (Brussels). The first draft agenda is available here.

    The results of EU funded research & innovation projects in the field of the Energy-efficient Buildings (EeB cPPP) will be presented on 16  May in a session organised by the ECTP E2B Committee at Bedford Hotel (Brussels).

    This event will be attended by the project coordinators / partners selected for each cPPP.

    Further information will follow.

    Europe’s energy transition is well underway according to Commission report.

    February 3rd, 2017

    The European Commission published on 1 February its 2nd State of the Energy Union Communication, including a progress report on the achievement of the 2020 Energy Efficiency targets since the publication of the first State of the Energy Union in November 2015.

    The Communication points out that action on the renovation of buildings should be the priority, and identifies access to finance as one of the most pressing challenges.

    The Commission states that “if Member States’ efforts continue, the EU is on track to reach its 2020 energy efficiency targets” and that implementation has to start now.

    At the same time, the Commission is launching a second Energy Union tour, with the aim to push for the swift implementation of the Energy Union at national level. Member States shall present their draft national energy and climate plans by the end of 2017.

    More information:

    SP2017: Call for Proposals is now open until 1st April 2017

    February 2nd, 2017

    The 2017 Sustainable Places international conference at Teesside University  will be the 5th iteration of the smart city and smart building stakeholder collaboration platform proven to further commercial, scientific, and technological advancements across interdisciplinary fields. The SP event series at inception was facilitated to support the 7 technology-clusters defined by the EU according to the construction-related research and innovation value chain from the EeB PPP Roadmap (Design, Technology Building Blocks, Advanced materials and nanotechnology, Construction process, Energy performance monitoring & management, ICT and BIM), which illustrate the diverse innovation approaches and the importance of embracing all aspects of the building and construction sectors.

    The SP2017 Call for Proposals is now open for public submissions until 1st April 2017. Contribution types being accepted are: 90′ or 180′ workshops, presentations, and posters.

    More information about the event and registration here.