Improve your knowledge of Building Automation Controls

A new guidebook provides an overview of the various aspects of building automation, controls and technical building management

The guidebook is entitled “An Introduction to Building Automation Controls & Technical Building Management.” It’s produced by REHVA (the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Associations) and eu.bac (the European Building Automation Controls Association).

Ibiscos Garden Hotel: The road to becoming a nearly-Zero Energy Hotel

Since 2015, the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems Lab of the Technical University of Crete (ReSEL-TUC), through various European projects, has supported the Ibiscos Garden Hotel in assessing its energy profile and the impact of applying energy efficiency and renewable energy measures through Energy Performance Contracting. Many of the measures analysed were implemented, and the Hotel’s long-term goal is to become a nearly-Zero Energy Building (nZEB).

Bioenergy Europe’s latest Statistical Report is now available

The Bioenergy Europe Statistical Report 2018 provides accurate, up-to-date information on the overall EU energy system, the current state of play of bio-heat and bio-electricity, the availability and dynamics of bioenergy demand and supply, and much more.

Since its debut in 2007, Bioenergy Europe’s Statistical Report has provided an in-depth overview of the bioenergy sector across EU-28. Full of new statistics and findings, the 2018 Report provides unique data on the dynamics of the European bioenergy market. It aims to help the industry, decision-makers, investors and bioenergy professionals to better assess the situation of bioenergy in Europe.

This year, the Full Statistical Report is offered free of charge. Here’s a glimpse of some of the Key Findings.

Unlocking the true potential of energy storage

A new paper from smartEn (Smart Energy Europe) outlines recommendations to realise the true potential of energy storage.

The European Union aims to lead the way towards the clean energy transition by adopting some of the most forward-looking climate and energy legislation in the world. This will lay the foundations for energy markets to transform into more competitive, flexible and effective structures where modern energy models can thrive.

Energy storage, including batteries in electric vehicles, is at the core of this transformation and will play a fundamental role in a future electricity system. It does so by mitigating the variability of renewable energy sources, and by enabling citizens to play a more active role and become engaged customers – thereby democratising energy markets.

INAIL: A new Building Automation and Control System increases efficiency, comfort and safety of existing office tower

The INAIL building in Rome has 20 floors and office space for 1,000 employees. A new Building Automation and Control System (BACS) was taken into service in 2015, bringing with it a number of benefits. The 1,700 MWh energy savings and 536 t CO2eq emission reductions per year are the stand-out advantages, but the system has also brought with it a more stable office temperature and improved fire safety.

What if all Europeans used a dishwasher?

Significant energy and water consumption savings could be made by increasing the penetration rate of dishwashers within European homes.

Today, roughly half of European households have a dishwasher. While this number is already quite significant, there are many good and important reasons to further increase the penetration of dishwashers into households and promote their use.