5.11.2014 - 6.11.2014
Defra and the UK LIFE National Contact Point, Beta Technology, are organising two afternoon information events (approx. 2pm – 5pm, exact timings to be confirmed) to present information on the European Union’s LIFE Programme.
The Programme is open to all organisations, in particular, local government, charities, NGOs and SMEs and provides funding for nature conservation, climate change measures and improving the environment through raising awareness and the novel use of technologies.
The programme is divided into two sub-programmes, 'Environment' and 'Climate Action' and an information session is taking place for each area.
The Concerted Action EPBD is organizing its annual Stakeholders meeting in Brussels on November 13, 2014, with a special focus on the training of experts, including links and synergies with EED requirements (energy auditors), and Nearly Zero Energy Buildings.
13.11.2014 - 14.11.2014
At present the basic conditions for the building sector are changing in many ways. According to EU directive 2012/27/EU, by the middle of 2014 all the member states of the EU have to implement an energy efficiency act. The draft bill of the Austrian government calls for fundamental adjustment measures in the building sector. The changing situation concerning subsidies and the market in general, as, for example, with regard to the integration of renewable energies, plays an important role as well. Last but not least, research programmes in this area have also been restructured and reorganised. The new framework programme for research and technical development of the European Union (HORIZON 2020) contains many links to the building sector. On a national level, the programme "City of the Future" is followed by the programme "House of the Future". Therefore the focus has shifted from the building to the quarter, the district or even the whole city.
In this challenging environment it is important to look at buildings as part of a complete system and to optimise them economically and ecologically, thus maximizing their functionality and comfort for the user.
In a joint effort to gather scientific knowledge and expertise, the Institute for Energy and Transport (IET) of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and Politecnico di Torino are organising the scientific workshopBenchmarking Energy Efficiency in Cities.
Experts from Europe, European cities and worldwide organizations are invited to share expectations and initial results of specific techniques as well as findings from direct experience in European cities and urban areas.