The European Union makes the construction of nearly zero-energy buildings mandatory by 2021 (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive EPBD). For the achievement of the European energy and climate goals, it is essential that low energy consumption should not only be planned, but also be achieved. NEWCOM develops the required training schemes.
NEWCOM provides the required expertise to build nearly zero-energy buildings, raises the quality of new and refurbished buildings, and increases the market value of well-trained construction professionals.
The strategic objective of the EPISCOPE project is to make the energy refurbishment processes in the European housing sector transparent and effective. This will help to ensure that the climate protection targets will actually be attained and that corrective or enhancement actions can be taken in due time, if necessary. The European project EPISCOPE has been launched in April 2013 as a follow-up of the TABULA project. The typology concepts and contents developed during TABULA form an integral part of the new project.
The starting point for this project is the huge potential for low carbon retrofit in Europe´s existing housing stock. The Request2Action project addresses to eliminate information and trust barriers to maximise the impact of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) recommendations. It will stimulate uptake and investment in retrofit by providing accurate, trustworthy data about EPCs and the costs, benefits and opportunities for low carbon retrofit.
The EU project iSERV enters the final round. So far, more than 156 companies in Europe use the opportunity to have the performance of their air conditioning system analysed by independent experts at no costs. In addition, an air quality measurement and inspection were carried out for the first companies free of charge.
Heat pumps play an important role for heating and cooling buildings. While the heat pumps have been technically optimised during the past few years supported by various European and national research programmes, optimising the total system has still not been achieved.
The EC Commission starts projects for the "BUILD UP Skills" initiative in all European member states, for achieving an optimal training level of expert personnel to implement energy efficiency during renovation and newly constructed buildings.
The "Health" project is aiming at setting up a cross-border information turntable, in order to enforce energy and resource efficiency measures in hospitals at the Austrian/Hungarian border.
The "HOME ICT" project’s objective is to support sustainable energy-efficient ICT technology for private use and to develop recommendations for political measures to be taken for supporting efficient scenarios in Austria.
ComeOnLabels is an EC project implementing new labels for the energy consumption of devices.
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