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Measures, Technologies and Good Practices

Do you want to know how much different measures and technological solutions would cost and how much money and resources they can save for your business? This database offers such data in a concise and comprehensive format.

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Energy savings under the Italian sun with solar shading

From the industrial to the modern age... Residential buildings with passive energy standard are built on an abandoned industrial site The complex was built with natural construction materials...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Low-impact and affordable housing in UK

Is this the future of sustainable community living? Affordable and ecological co-housing project in the UK pilots a new kind of community ownership scheme Housing is built with ecological materials...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Good practice

Resource efficient building design with Ecolabel criteria

Top of the class A municipal housing company used requirements of the Nordic Ecolabel to support building design for decreased carbon footprint and environmental effects The design incorporated...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Solar shading for energy efficient building

Solar shading describes a number of systems used to control the amount of heat and natural light that is admitted into a building. As an integral part of the 'building envelope' in buildings with...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
  • Hotel and restaurant
  • Office and administration
  • Wholesale and retail
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 10 Year(s)
Good practice

Implementing industrial energy management system in Finland

High standards deliver energy savings Three-tiered audit vital to high energy management standards at pioneering Finnish gyproc plant Audits coupled with real-time energy monitoring and fully engaged...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing of machinery and equipment
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Good practice

Sustainable procurement to deliver sustainable housing

The right stuff ... partners in affordable housing Cardiff Council sought the right partners to build affordable and sustainable housing that delivers benefits to the economy and community Expert...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
  • Other
Resources:
  • Materials
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost
Measure

Programmable heating systems to reduce energy use

Effective, controllable heating systems can help businesses to reduce energy consumption, with associated cost savings and reduced CO2 emissions. Heating in the workplace is most effective – and...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
Good practice

Campaign to cut heating costs at a new factory in Germany

Better insulation gets the seal of approval 35 % reduction in energy consumption using new insulating materials The investment saves € 2 300 annually A new factory in Germany enlisted the support of...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-35% 11 Year(s)
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Geothermal energy for heat generation

Renewable resources for heat generation are cheaper, more secure and better for the environment. The costs associated with the technology depend on the size and type of the installation. Harvesting...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
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Integration of solar energy in the company heat generation

Most industry-grade process heating systems are based on steam or hot water from boilers that today mainly burn fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal, or electricity generated by different sources....
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15-30 % 1.5 - 5 Year(s)
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Green labelling and certification for infrastructure,...

Green labelling, also known as 'Ecolabelling', is a recognised scheme for businesses to communicate the environmental credentials of products they put on the market. The Ecolabel stimulates the...
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Improvement of thermal insulation of the building envelope

Good insulation of exterior walls, floors, ceilings/roofs, windows, and exterior doors can reduce your new building’s energy demand (both cooling and heating) by some 35 %. Thermal insulation can...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 30-35 % 6 - 15 Year(s)