August 12th, 2014

Potential energy savings from the increased application of heating controls in residential properties across the EU

This report, prepared for eu.bac (European Building Automation and Controls Association), once more emphasises the need for more action on home heating controls.

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Saving Energy with Decentralized Circulation Pumps

Central heating systems are widely used in homes throughout much of Europe. Most of them consist of one or more centrally located pumps that circulate hot water to the radiators and the floor heating system. However, there are alternatives available as well. A relatively new technology uses small decentralized circulation pumps. Each radiator and each circuit of the floor heating system has its own circulation pump. This not only enables zone-heating, it also helps save fuel and electricity.

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August 6th

Energy Management in Industry

The free e-learning course is structured into 15 e-Learning modules, including illustrative case studies for industry. The duration of each module is of about 10 minutes. The 15 modules total approximately 4-5 hours. The recommended duration to complete the course is 1 month. At the end of the course, we invite your feedback. The course is self-paced.

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August 5th

Energy Management in Buildings

This course trains energy managers to be the top management representative, focussing on a top management – energy manager teamwork. The course is structured into 12 e-Learning modules, including illustrative case studies for buildings. The duration of each module is of about 10 minutes. The 12 modules total approximately 4-5 hours. The recommended duration to complete the course is 1 month.

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July 31st

Life Cycle Costing case studies of RES and EE projects

Making sound energy investment decisions is a complex task – no matter whether it concerns a Renewable Energy System (RES) or an Energy Efficiency (EE) investment. A Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis combined with an assessment of the available financing options should be the obligatory path for every investment decision. Decision makers usually focus on familiar financing schemes and may fail to consider alternative means of financing which can be of significant added value to a project.

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July 28th

Ten ways to frustrate homeowners with their electrical installation

There’s so much to think about when planning the renovation or the building of a home – the colour of tiles and cabinets and the brands of in-built appliances to name just two – that owners often overlook a fundamental: electrical installations. But luckily, there's the electrotechnical installer or the architect, to play an advisory role...

Unfortunately, homeowners frequently receive all kinds of well-intentioned but misleading advice.

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July 2nd

Sustainable energy: definitions, focus, and the social dimension

How do we define the term ‘sustainable energy’? Will our definition be helped or hindered if instead of calling an energy source either sustainable or unsustainable, we talk about degrees of sustainability? And do we focus too much on the economic and environmental aspects of sustainability, and forget the social dimension?

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July 1st

The Track Record of Long-Term Energy Forecasting

Long-term energy forecasts have a poor track record.  They have failed to accurately predict total energy demand, sector demand and energy prices.  Attempts to improve accuracy by adding more factors to explain consumption and pricing has complicated the models without necessarily improving their results.  This last of 3 articles on long-term energy forecasting focuses on why long-term energy forecasting is so difficult, ideas to improve it and suggested alternatives.

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June 25th

Integrating Technologies and Urban Developments

This goal of this study was to evaluate why and how Canadian building developers may want to integrating energy generation / delivery & conservation technologies within their building practices in the context of urban development.
We started by looking at what is done worldwide to reduce energy and Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in urban developments, and proposed a holistic framework for conducting the analysis.
The study examined how energy is currently used in the urban building sector in Canada.

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June 20th

Overview of Variable Renewable Energy Regulatory Issues

This report focuses on key regulatory issues associated with the deployment of variable renewable energy (VRE) sources, especially wind and solar power. Drawing upon research and experiences from various international contexts, the report identifies key issues and ideas that have emerged as VRE deployment has grown and presents a framework for understanding regulatory issues within the larger context of power system evolution.

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