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The study referred to the construction of a one-floor 2 bedroom house and a 10-floor office building as case-studies. Note that it did not refer to rules on the use of building materials and waste management.
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The Commission presents sustainable energy security package
On 16 February, the European Commission issued a Sustainable Energy Security Package. The aim of the package is to improve energy security through closer EU coordination.
In its speech, commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said, that the EU would need more gas infrastructure and gas imports even if it met its climate and clean energy goals.
The package lists several measures to strengthen the EU's resilience to gas supply disruptions. The measures consist of:
The package also included strategy documents on heating and cooling and on developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) capacity.
As for the heating and cooling strategy, it lists a number of measures the Commission will consider in the future, as part of the reviews of the Energy Efficiency, Energy Performance of Buildings and Renewable Energy Directive, and electricity market reform.
While the Strategy acknowledges the importance of a more efficient heating and cooling systems, and the importance of shifting energy demand from peak times, it fails to put emphasize on the reduction of the overall energy demand in buildings.
At the same time, the strategy realises that split incentives are one of the main barriers of building renovation and recognises that different building ownerships require different measures. Furthermore, the proposal also identifies the lack of training for building professional as a key issue and plan further actions to tackle the skills shortage within the platform BUILD UP.
The Commission also plans to promote the use of renewable energy in different applications such as renewable heating and increasing the deployment of renewable energy in district heating and combined heat and power.
Under the ‘smart finance for smart buildings’ initiative the Commission encourages Member States to establish one-stop shops for low-carbon investments, including advisory services and finance.
EuroAce - Press Release (European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings)
High-Level Conference on Energy intensive industries
On Monday 15 February, the European Commission held a High-level conference on energy intensive industries (agenda).
In its opening speech Vice-President and Commissioner Jyrki Katainen stated that the competitiveness of the European energy intensive industries is crucial and expressed the commission’s support for these industries.
Executives from the steel, aluminium, refining and cement sectors asked for policy support and expressed their concerns over the high, not-competitive energy prices in Europe.
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World Economic Forum report: Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the Circular Economy Potential
On 8 February 2016, the World Economic Forum (WEF) published a report entitled “Intelligent Assets: Unlocking the Circular Economy Potential” which illustrates opportunities for innovation and creativity across a spectrum of industries and sectors and looks notably at how we build and transform our buildings in chapter 4 from pages 29 to 30.
National Award Winners
UK Project Award – Thorp Precast for Admiral Headquarters
The 2015 Project Award was presented to Thorp Precast for their design and manufacture of precast concrete for the new Admiral Headquarters in Cardiff, Wales. Thorp used white Portland architectural precast concrete cladding with a high-quality surface finish featuring slightly exposed natural limestone aggregates for the 11 storey building.
The building is a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ 240,000 sq. ft. headquarters and call centre including three mixed-use retail units and underground car parking.
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2 March 2016
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7 March 2016
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16 March 2016
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22 March 2016
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24 March 2016
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15 April 2016
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19 April 2016
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21 April 2016
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3 May 2016
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4 May 2016
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11-12 May 2016
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20 May 2016
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