On 1 February 2016, ASHRAE announced the publication of a User’s Manual which clarifies the intent and implementation of the building industry’s foremost green building standard by explaining its requirements and providing example applications.
ZERO-PLUS is a project receiving funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme ( Grant Agreement No. 678407) aiming to develop and implement a comprehensive, cost-effective modular system for Net Zero Energy (NZE) settlements in a series of case studies across the EU. The full project acronym is "Achieving near Zero and Positive Energy Settlements in Europe using Advanced Energy Technology".
With 43% of Europeans living in apartments, improving the energy efficiency of these properties is critical to achieving Europe’s energy and carbon reduction targets. Yet retrofitting these properties is notoriously challenging, particularly when they are under multiple ownership. Difficulties include the identification of appropriate measures, engaging multiple stakeholders, securing finance and decision-making.
This report presents the findings of a forward-looking “stress test” study on the zero net energy (ZNE) new construction goals set forth by California’s energy agencies, which establish a 2020 target for all residential new construction and a 2030 target for all commercial new construction, to reach zero net energy.
The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) Roadmap 2016 “Supporting smarter European cities: better quality of life, growth, jobs and decarbonisation” identifies this year’s key collaboration targets among cities, industry partners and other key parties (academia, Governments, associations etc.).