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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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Construction site waste management

Construction waste is basically material loss that creates additional cost, and minimising waste generation directly improves the cost-efficiency of the project. Successful construction site waste...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
Costs, savings, and payback time: Medium cost
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Designing out waste: material efficiency throughout the...

Designing out waste is a concept of minimising the life cycle waste of a building by considering design options for reducing waste in each stage: construction, refurbishment, and demolition or...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Waste
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Passive house

Passive House is a building that does not require much conventional building heating on account of its thermal insulation and airtightness with very energy-efficient windows and ventilation system....
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 15 Year(s)
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Use of recycled concrete

Recycled concrete (RC concrete) comes from construction waste which results from the reconstruction, demolition or dismantling of buildings, roads and other infrastructure using concrete. A first...
Sector / Industry:
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Materials
Costs, savings, and payback time: Low cost 0 Year(s)
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EPC Energy performance contracting - financing energy...

Companies planning to retrofit their building or to implement an energy efficiency project can often face difficulties in terms of the most effective solution to measure energy performance and guage...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 4 - 10 Year(s)
Measure

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)
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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
Measure

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)
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Integrate renewable energies in the company heat generation

Using renewable resources for heat generation is good for your organisation’s balance sheet and for the environment. Tapping into renewable sources to heat your buildings means a lifetime of lower...
Sector / Industry:
  • All sectors
  • Construction
Resources:
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Water
  • Waste
  • Carbon
Costs, savings, and payback time: High cost 20-80 % 2 - 12 Year(s)