The building sector is responsible for more than 40% of final energy consumption in Europe, consequently it plays an important in the energy transition. The need to reduce its energy consumption and emissions was also highlighted by the New European Green Deal, which reinforced the objective of achieving a climate-neutral economy by 2050. In that context, Zero-emission and positive buildings are special relevant.
Zero-emissions buildings are constructions that have a very high level of energy efficiency, a low energy demand and renewable energy production. When the energy balance, between renewable energy produced and consumed by the building, is positive, it is considered a positive energy building since is capable of exporting surplus energy to other buildings or to the network. Accordingly, net-zero and positive energy buildings initiatives have grown around Europe with the aim of promoting and fostering their implementation.
In light of this, and to foster their implementation IREC, along with ICAEN, IREC, Leitat, Eurecat, CIMNE and CEEC is launching the Course of Positive Energy Buildings (PEB). Beyond nZEB 2022. During the sessions, experts will explain why it is important to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and what actions can we take at building and neighbourhood level, not only in new buildings but also when renovating buildings. Several experts from IREC will participate in the sessions presenting the work done around designing and monitoring positive energy buildings, district networks and the integration of renewable energies, including intelligent energy management.
The videos of the 2021 sessions are available in this link