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2020-11-12 | UN Economic and Social Council
Updated Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings

The Joint Task Force on Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings developed the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings (ECE/ENERGY/GE.6/2017/4), and in 2017 the Committee on Sustainable Energy and the Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management endorsed the document. To deploy the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings and to set in motion the process of setting up international centres of excellence and a consortium of educational and research institutions, and thereby to accelerate transformation of the world’s building stock, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe launched a programme on high-performance buildings.

2021-01-04 | Interreg MED
Policy Recommendations for a Mediterranean Building Renovation Programme

The Efficient Buildings Community has just developed a new set of recommendations for European and National decision-makers. 

The eight recommendations are grounded in the experience of the Mediterranean local authorities and they aim to bring the lessons learned in the discussion about the next generation of energy policies: the European Green Deal, issued by the Commission last December, and the recovery plans in response to Covid-19, currently underway in each Member State. 

The Efficient Buildings Community calls for a stronger vision for building-related policies, a proper "Mediterranean efficient buildings action programme“. Policy-makers need to acknowledge that energy efficiency in the Mediterranean countries relies on other parameters than in the rest of the EU.


2020-12-03 | BPIE

Findings of this report show that doubling the overall energy renovation rate of 1% is insufficient to achieve more ambitious GHG emission reductions of 55% compared to 1990 levels.   In reality, Europe needs to reach a minimum 3% annual deep renovation by 2030 to achieve the 60% emissions reduction in buildings, which is what the Renovation Wave highlights as needed to meet a 55% climate target and keep the EU on track towards climate-neutrality. 

Alongside with reducing energy consumption through building renovations, accelerating renewable energy penetration together with a systemic fossil-fuel phaseout, is paramount to decarbonize the building sector. Our paper finds that renewable energy must increase to 53% of the final energy mix in buildings, while fossil fuels must decrease to 47% total by 2030. 

Buildings Performance Institute Europe

The building sector, as it stands today, is a major contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the European Union. It remains highly dependent on fossil fuels, has yet to embrace circularity, and is not seeing the renovation activity necessary to meet climate goals and improve people’s wellbeing. The Renovation Wave strategy published by the Commission on October 14, 2020 calls for faster and deeper renovation and is comprehensive and far-reaching. Its premise is that to contribute to a higher 2030 climate target and decarbonise the building sector, a wide range of policies, measures and tools must be put in place at all levels to overcome existing barriers and mobilise all actors, including citizens, local authorities, investors and the construction value chain.

This assessment sets out BPIE’s views on the key elements of the strategy and provides suggestions how they can be put into action. For example, BPIE argues that a much stronger focus on deep renovations is needed to achieve full decarbonisation of buildings by 2050 and this should be reflected in the upcoming legislative processes and respective supporting instruments.

The Renovation Wave will catalyse a series of actions in the coming years to unleash a wave of building renovations. New and stronger follow-up measures are welcome and needed. At the same time, such an initiative can only be successful if the current legislation is well implemented across EU Member States providing the necessary solid basis for delivering the Renovation Wave.

Performance of distributed energy resources in three low energy dwellings during the UK lock down period
Oxford Brookes University

Their paper titled Performance of distributed energy resources in three low energy dwellings during the UK lock down period examines household energy use and performance of low carbon technologies in Yorkshire, during the Covid-19 lockdown. The research study is part of a five-year €4.2 million EU funded project - Zero Plus on zero energy settlements.

The research found that the use of smart home batteries coupled with rooftop solar panels, resulted in over 95% reduced average direct grid consumption during peak hours. The estimated cost benefit to homeowners using smart energy systems in the study ranged from annual savings of between £260 and £438.

The study explored the change in daily energy use and performance of distributed energy resources (DERs) such as electro-chemical batteries, during the Covid-19 lockdown period from 23 March 2020 to 31 May 2020. Three houses in an eco-development in York, were occupied continuously by families during that time. They had identical heating systems (district heating), rooftop solar panels and home batteries (14kWh). The energy use, generation and charge-discharge of the batteries were monitored every five minutes using remote sensors. 

2020-05-01 | German Sustainable Building Council - DGNB
German Sustainable Building Council - DGNB

This brochure produced by the German Sustainable Building Council details the path from climate neutral buildings to climate positive. It includes case studies of climate positive buildings from Singapore and Germany. Finally, it outlines the elements of a climate action strategy. 

2014-01-01 | CESBA
VISIBLE Interreg Project

The CESBA initiative policy paper establishes the policy position of CESBA regarding EU policy developments on sustainable building. The incentive to draw up the paper has been a process launched by the European Commission within the frame of the Europe2020 strategy: The Commission aims at developing a Europe-wide approach to assess the environmental performance of buildings. The CESBA initiative policy paper welcomes this process and highlights the need for a harmonized approach due to the diversity of local issues in Europe. CESBA stresses that it is ready and willing to share its knowledge with all stakeholders.

2014-01-01 | IEA

The report recommends to implement policies including : (1) Mandatory building energy codes and minimum energy performance requirements, and addressing (2) the improvment the energy efficiency of existing buildings, and (3) the improvment of energy performance of building components (glazing, air conditioning, and solar water heating).

2011-07-01 | CESBA
CEC5 Interreg Project

The CESBA guide is the first output of the CESBA initiative, achieved through the activities carried out in eight EU projects. It is a guideline proposing a first set of common European key performance indicators, a reference assessment method, and the European signature/passport concept for the harmonization of existing and future building assessment methods.

2016-11-30 | Observatoire de l'Immobilier Durable
Observatoire de l'Immobilier Durable

Published every year, the Barometer displays the main environmental indicators for office buildings, retail and logistics centres. It includes an analysis of factors impacting energy consumption, among which location and energy labels. This edition focuses on the possibilities opened by the digital revolution for energy monitoring and presents good practices in reporting.

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