The tides may be about to turn: after several years of sluggish growth, there is a glimmer of hope for the global construction industry. According to a new study from Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Center (CIC), the depression caused by the global financial crisis seems to slowly be easing off.
2021: this is the year by which the EU hopes that all new buildings will be constructed in such a way that they will consume virtually no energy (Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings). To achieve this goal, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires Member States to draw up national plans. So where are we today?
With the aim of reducing the fragmentation of data and knowledge in the field of energy efficiency, the European Commission Joint Research Center (JRC) has recently launched the European Energy Efficiency Platform (E3P). The platform plans to use a collaborative approach to tackle the issue of energy efficiency in six areas.
On 16 February 2016, the European Commission adopted a Strategy for Heating and Cooling. This strategy forms part of the Sustainable Energy Security Package, and is accompanied by a staff working document.
Within the context of climate change, it is important that our urban environment is able to with stand extreme weather events, such as flooding. Against this background, the European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and Adaptation (EIONET) has recently published a report which looks at what actions are being undertaken at national level in order to support urban adaptation across Europe.