Up-scaling and mainstreaming sustainable building practices in western China
Up-scaling and mainstreaming sustainable building practices in western China 

Future-oriented sustainable building materials/components in Europe - Part D: Advanced Building Integrated PV

13 September, 2017

In Europe have been developed a variety of future-oriented sustainable materials and components. This blog-post will describe the energy saving, insulation potential and application examples of Advanced Building Integrated PV. Two main aspects of Solar Photovoltaics in current and future building integration would be panel technology and mounting technology. The efficiency of the panel technology lies in the transparency levels that can be achieved while producing the maximum energy possible. Mounting technology should enable smooth integration into the building and at the same time allow for smooth operation and maintenance... more

 

 

Future-oriented sustainable building materials/components in Europe - Part C: Phase Change Materials

13 September, 2017

In Europe have been developed a variety of future-oriented sustainable materials and components. This blog-post will describe the energy saving, insulation potential and application examples of Phase Change Materials... more

 

 

Future-oriented sustainable building materials/components in Europe - Part B: Advanced windows and glazing systems

13 September, 2017

In Europe have been developed a variety of future-oriented sustainable materials and components. This blog-post will describe the energy saving, insulation potential and application examples of advanced windows and glazing systems.

Windows represent a very important part of the building envelope and are at the same time the least insulating elemnts of the building shell. However, optimum designs for windows exist, which attempt to provide a balance between energy flows...more

 

 

Future-oriented sustainable building materials/components in Europe - Part A: Insulation Materials

13 September, 2017

In Europe have been developed a variety of future-oriented sustainable materials and components. This blog-post will describe the energy saving, insulation potential and application examples of advanced insulation materials... more

 

 

Sustainable building materials and components database in Europe

02 August, 2017

Sustainable building materials and components database with detailed information support architects and planners to find sustainable building materials and at the same time help manufacturers to present their sustainable building materials...more

 

 

Green building certification systems at a glance

02 August, 2017

Green building certification systems are independent third body agencies that evaluate the green performance of a building. Some of the certifications used in Europe are BREEAM (Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method) from the UK, DGNB (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Nachhaltiges Bauen e.V./ German Sustainable Building Council) from Germany, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the USA and HQE from France. The rating systems and weightings for criteria differ between these schemes and they are either limited to their country of origin or used internationally (e.g. LEED in the USA and Europe). In order to fulfill these criteria, specific materials should be used which are listed in various database such as greenbuildingproducts.eu for DGNB and LEED and greenbooklive.com for BREEAM. A number of building material database are accessible online in Europe....more

 

 

European information tools for sustainable building materials and components 

02 August, 2017

In highly efficient or even plus energy buildings – the buildings of the future, the lifetime operational energy consumption is much lower compared with conventional new buildings, while the share of embodied energy is higher due to additional sophisticated construction materials, energy production and recovery systems( Dutil, Rousse & Quesada, 2011), along with the use of renewable technologies. Therefore, it is necessary to select building materials carefully, with low embodied energy to minimize the adverse effect on the environment. Beyond the energy dimension, sustainable buildings require construction products that are sustainable in terms of health and material efficiency.

In Europe there is a variety of informative tools for the customers about the environmental impacts of building materials. These independently verified information tools fall into two main categories: eco-labeling and environmental product declaration. They can be operated by governmental agencies or third parties...more