RePublic_ZEB wins Best Paper Award in CONTART: The Construction Convention, in Granada

IREC’s researchers received the Best Paper Award in the Area 3: Energy renovation, sustainability and accessibility in buildings, in CONTART, Granada.

On 20th April 2016, the paper “Energy refurbishment of public buildings based on cost-optimal levels and nZEB criteria” was presented, in the framework of the scientific sessions of the “The Construction Convention” in Granada. CONTART is a meeting point of all professionals of the building sector and IREC had the opportunity to present the work done in the European project RePublic_ZEB.

The paper presents the preliminary results of the methodology proposed to establish the minimum requirements to refurbish public buildings with nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEB) criteria. Visit the papers & presentations page of the RePublic_ZEB website to see the winning paper and presentation.


Project Newsletters

Below are links to newsletters released providing an update on the activities of the RePublicZEB project.

To see the newsletter in a different language, please visit the relevant language page.  Sign up to receive our newsletter.

Newsletter 1

An introduction to RePublic_ZEB- a European Commission funded project that brings together partners from the South-Eastern European countries to develop and promote Near Zero Energy Building tools.

Newsletter 2

An update on project activities including the publication of 4 project reports, a tool for calculating the primary energy requirements of buildings and an overview of project visits to buildings demonstrating near zero energy building (nZEB) in Athens.

Newsletter 3

An update on project activities including the publication of 3 project reports. A review of stakeholder workshops and details about 2 summary documents now available on the publications page of the Project website.

Newsletter 4

Final project newsletter covers activities including the final project meeting and publication of final project reports from Work Packages 4 and 5, available on the publications page of the Project website.


Project press releases

Below are links to press releases issued during the RePublicZEB project:

Press release 1

Project team visits to buildings demonstrating near zero energy building (nZEB)

During project team meetings to discuss the project’s progress and the latest deliverables, partners had the opportunity to visit buildings which are demonstrating examples of nZEB. Details of these are provided below.

Location: UK
When: September 2014 

BRE Innovation Park

10 different buildings at the Building Research Establishment, Watford act as examples of innovative approaches to sustainable, low-carbon design and construction. The buildings incorporate a range of sustainability measures from Sustainable Drainage Systems to Photovoltaic Solar Glass.  Thousands of visitors have visited the park since it was launched in 2005 with the aim of pushing the boundaries of sustainable construction.

Savoy Place Refurbishment 

This large, historic, redbrick building is undergoing a £30 million refurbishment to include several new areas and a range of modernisations. Occupants will have a better view of the Thames, access an new technology suites and the building's carbon footprint will be lowered. The headquarters of the Institutes of Technology, Electrical Engineers and Incorporated Engineers are located here and will enjoy the benefits of the refurbishment.

The Building Centre

The Building Centre was established in 1931 to become an independent forum providing information and inspiration to all sectors of the built environment.


Location: Athens
When: March 2015 

CRES Bioclimatic office building and Building Envelope & Indoor Environment Laboratory

The bioclimatic office building of CRES, in Pikermi, Greece, is a demonstration low-energy building which includes RES and ES technologies. The Building Envelope & Indoor Environment Laboratory of CRES provides accredited testing services for the determination of thermal characteristics of building materials and components.

The Municipal Library of Loutraki

The Municipal Library building is a success story for the implementation of near Zero Energy Buildings in Municipalities. Information on a visit to this very sustainable building can be found here.

Other news related to nZEB

H2020 EU funded project:  MEnS - Meeting of Energy Professional Skills 

Front Meeting of Skills: London, 25 -27 November 2015.  Register for free by 6 November, see here for details.

An interdisciplinary training and learning experience to increase your knowledge and skills on key aspects of buildings retrofit towards Nearly Zero Energy standards.

An outstanding set of contents presented by key industry representatives, all characterised by a holistic approach to design, construction and operation of buildings, including some of the most recent innovative products and business models for the built environment.

An opportunity to expand your professional network and to link with like-minded practitioners, stakeholders, manufacturers and businesses from all around Europe.

More info on contents, scope, eligibility criteria, confirmed speakers and programme are available here

Introductory Course to constructing nZEB buildings in Catalonia (Registration is free)

IREC, through RePublic_ZEB project, together with the Catalan Energy Institute, Eurecat, CIMNE and Leitat presents an Introductory Course to construct nZEB buildings. The course is a series of five technical sessions, one per week, made up of practical presentations which showcase not only theoretical but also practical case studies on successful technologies and promote discussion among attendees. Please see here for the agenda: Agenda.

Government tears down zero-carbon building regulations

The treasury, led by George Osbourne, has axed legislation promoting zero-carbon construction. The government claims that scrapping measures, such as the zero-carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, will streamline development. Green groups have been quick to argue that it is more prudent to ensure energy efficiency and therefore low bills for occupants than building low-quality buildings en masse. 

IEA: Energy and Climate Change- World Outlook Special Report 

The cost and difficulty of mitigating climate change increases every year. This report from IEA assesses the effect of recent low-carbon energy developments. It finds that energy- related emissions are still increasing and lays out the measures which governments must implement in order to combat this trend, with a particular focus on the importance of Paris 2015.

EnPC-INTRANS: European Cooperation regarding energy-performance contracting

A press release from the EU project EnPC-INTRANS regarding job creation with energy performance contracting. It explains that most economies have struggled to maintain economic growth and job creation since 2009, whilst simultaneously the EU is struggling to meet a 40% energy efficiency target. The article describes how EPCs for deep energy-efficiency refurbishments can help boost jobs whilst drastically reducing the European demand for space and water heating.