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31/08/2016

Sustainable construction

Topic: green buildings


Sustainable Dev. 01-08-2016

EU climate rules a missed opportunity to drive energy efficient building renovation

The EU must focus its legislation on policies that have the most potential to bring change. Unfortunately, its new Effort Sharing Regulation to cut greenhouse gas emissions missed an opportunity to drive energy efficient building renovation, which has huge potentital to cut CO2, writes Shradha Abt.
Sustainable Dev. 13-07-2016

DR Congo’s dystopian urbanisation on show in Brussels

DR Congo’s impasse between an unplanned urbanisation of slum expansion and a dystopian dream world of Dubai-inspired gated compounds is on display at a show in Brussels – the former colonial master of what is now one of the world’s poorest countries.
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Energy 17-06-2016

Energy Union governance to include building renovation reporting

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE/ The European Commission will likely revamp the reporting of national building renovation rates, bringing it under the future oversight framework of the EU’s flagship Energy Union strategy.
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Energy 15-06-2016

Homeowners offered cheaper mortgages in return for energy efficiency renovations

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / Homeowners will qualify for reduced repayment rates on their mortgages if they undertake energy efficiency renovations, and lower interest rates on loans to pay for them, under “pioneering” plans being drawn up by lenders for consideration by EU and global regulators.
Sustainable Dev. 15-06-2016

Mobilising private financing for energy efficiency of buildings

Europe’s ageing building stock needs large-scale energy efficiency renovation if the EU is to meet its climate and energy targets. Increased private investment would create jobs and help citizens save money, writes Luca Bertalot.
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Sustainable Dev. 14-06-2016

Climate Commissioner: Age of traditional energy consumers 'almost over'

SPECIAL REPORT / EXCLUSIVE / The age of traditional energy consumers is almost over, Climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete will say today (13 July), before outlining plans for Europeans to take control of consumption and production.
Energy 13-06-2016

Consumers, regulators and energy efficiency in buildings

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Saving energy consumption in buildings will play a key part in Europe’s transition to a clean, secure and efficient energy system.
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Energy 13-06-2016

High expectations for EU efficiency laws as Sustainable Energy Week begins

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is under pressure to keep its promise that 2016 will be the “year of delivery” for its Energy Union strategy to fight climate change and boost the import-addicted bloc’s resistance to shortages.
Sustainable Dev. 12-05-2016

Commission warmly welcomes benefits of industrial insulation

Industrial insulation could bring massive cost and emissions savings, industry-funded research has found, with energy efficient investments earning back their cost in two years at most.
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Energy Union boss wants wave of public finance to spur building renovations

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission's Energy Union chief Maroš Šefčovič is pushing for new public financing instruments to kick-start a wave of building renovation in Europe.
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Energy 21-04-2016

Commission considering health rules in Energy Union efficiency bill

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission will consider indoor climate rules in its forthcoming legislation on Energy Union, the Commission Vice-President in charge of the strategy yesterday (20 April) revealed.
Energy 20-04-2016

Why the EU’s electricity market design proposal actually matters

The European Commission’s vision of an Energy Union with citizens at its core, where consumers take ownership of the energy transition, is to be applauded but needs to be followed up with genuine policy change, writes Jonathan Gaventa.
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Energy 20-04-2016

Building renovation can stop colds and coughs, says study

SPECIAL REPORT / Europeans living in unhealthy homes suffer flu-like symptoms and fatigue more often, research published today (20 April) has found, but building renovations can prevent colds and coughs.
Sustainable Dev. 18-04-2016

Can Energy Union build healthier homes?

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The EU’s Energy Union strategy has the twin goals of fighting climate change and boosting energy security but could it also build healthier homes for European citizens, 80 million of which live in damp and leaky buildings.
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Can Energy Union build healthier homes?

SPECIAL REPORT / The EU’s Energy Union strategy has the twin goals of fighting climate change and boosting energy security - but could it also build healthier homes for European citizens?
Sustainable Dev. 18-11-2015

Sustainable construction

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Europe’s construction industry can provide part of the answer to many of the European Union’s economic and environmental concerns.