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BuildHeat @EUSEW 2019 – Scaling up deep energy retrofit markets towards 2030 targets

4 Dec 2019 - On 18 June, BuildHeat co-organised a Policy Conference at the European Sustainable Energy Week 2019 (EUSEW) to discuss about how to create synergies among the actors of the energy renovation value chain in order to reach the 2030 targets.The session brought together experiences from seven Horizon 2020 projects on energy renovation of the buildings sector and facilitated a discussion that enables the creation of synergies and possibilities to cooperate and share valuable ... read more

Taking complexity out of the building site

17 Jul 2019 - Researchers in Europe are developing a new kind of prefabricated energy efficient building façades, equipped with special insulation and solar panels. These solutions are built far from the construction site, in an industrial environment, and can therefore be installed quickly and painlessly for homeowners or tenantsTackling energy consumption in the building sector in Europe is a real necessity, and researchers in many countries are studying the development and dissemination of ... read more

Energy efficiency: adding architectural value to prefab solutions

4 Jul 2019 - Architects don’t usually like prefabricated solutions. But they concede there are upsides, and when time is of the essence, saving the planet becomes the priorityPractical or beautiful? The question doesn’t seem to be relevant when it comes to retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency. Prefabricated solutions are considered to be both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.However, architects don’t usually agree: to begin with, they feel prefabrication limits their ... read more

Know your market, save more energy

3 Jul 2019 - Homeowner or landlord? To convince people to have energy-saving renovations you need to know what they are really looking forWhat would motivate you to renovate your house to make it more energy efficient? The cost? The legal framework? An environmental conscience? It also mostly depends on who you are, and if you actually live in your house or if you rent it.This distinction between homeowners and landlords is not often addressed properly by public authorities or private ... read more

Building renovations: social aid to accept the change

18 Jun 2019 - When energy-saving measures are planned in social housing buildings, the environmental aim is combined with the scope of reducing inequality. In Zaragoza, Spain, a team of social workers is helping the tenants of a multi-family building to accept a challenging refurbishmentIf energy-saving measures came knocking at the door, wouldn't it be reassuring to have someone on hand to help you navigate the benefits and inconvenience, someone to help dispel your doubts? This is what is ... read more
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