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Near(?) 0-energy buildings

New blog has been uploaded ,  entitled: The definition of near 0-energy buildings, a short treatise on the EU directive on 0-energy buildings  (EPBD recast 2010) see the Blog page

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BEYOND 0-ENERGY: PARADIGM SHIFT IN ASSESSMENT

The world is on the eve of major changes in the way energy and material are used, and the building and construction sector is at the forefront. One of the revolutionary changes is that for 0-energy houses and buildings. Many countries already have some projects established, and legislation is following, first requiring near 0-energy, but…
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New energy retrofit concept : ‘renovation trains’ for mass housing

A large operation is required to make Europe’s existing housing stock more energy efficient, in terms of both demand reduction as well as the installation of local renewable energy technologies. The combination of overall (national) energy targets and the European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) targets suggests the scale of this task involves…
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MOU with Kaohsiung city , Taiwan

Last week, Kaohsiung city government in Southern Taiwan, and SBS centre signed a MOU to jointly explore the the introduction of zero -impact built environment strategies.  Kaohsiung has already made first steps with their LOHAS approach, a set of guidelines for sustainable Building, mainly aimed at energy measures, , and wants to explore further steps…
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Brilliant concept: decentralised data centers

Some weeks ago  I visited “fertighauswelt” near Köln/Cologne, Germany. A exhibition area with real demonstration houses ( turn key delivered concepts), some 24  in total. (http://www.fertighauswelt-koeln.de/) 10 (!) of these houses  are delivered as plus energy houses . Some interesting observations: all houses are wood construction based! ; Solar panels on roofs is mostly add-on…
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