The use of electricity and the number of electrical devices, including solar PV systems, in our homes are poised to grow dramatically in the next years and decades in Europe. The electrification of our buildings will be driven by climate and energy policies, but also by consumer demand for more comfort and digital technologies.
The first European electrical safety conference, which is scheduled for 12 to 6 PM on 20 November in Brussels, aims to assess whether the electrical installations and equipment in our homes are safe, and whether, to prepare for the growing electrification, there is a need for strengthened measures to minimize electrical hazards in the housing sector.
The European Commission is assessing whether to extend the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to cover the emissions associated with the heating and cooling of buildings. This paper points out several reasons why this would not be the best approach to deliver a highly energy-efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.
Policy-makers and city practitioners will discuss and share learnings from the Interreg ACE Retrofitting (Accelerating Condominium Energy Retrofitting) project around strategies and tools to overcome the legal, social and financial barriers of building improvements in condominiums.
This event aims at bringing together stakeholders, experts and policy makers to exchange on key questions to improve fire safety of residential buildings. Built around an original framework, the agenda will lead participants to discuss how a holistic approach for fire safe buildings is needed and how different elements are interconnected.
Building professionals can gain new skills to design and build low energy constructions thanks to Horizon 2020 project PROF-TRAC. This project developed an online platform with free high quality training material for architects, engineers and building managers. It has already trained more than 1,300 professionals.
This edition of SETIS Magazine takes a closer look at the current status of the EU building stock and its future evolution. It discusses the energy transformation of Europe’s buildings, along with the challenges and policy actions ahead.
Aviation’s environmental impact is not limited to the operational aspects of transporting people and goods around the world. The footprint of air travel also extends across the entire lifecycle of manufacturing aircraft, their maintenance throughout operational service, and eventually, responsible disposal – or preferably recycling – of an airliner’s components and materials at the end of its existence.
The Concerted Action on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive supported by the Horizon 2020 programme, enhances the cross-national sharing of information and experiences and makes implementation of this important European legislation more effective.