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IEA SHC: How to Turn Historic Structures into Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on May 17, 2017
Villa CastelliMore than one-fourth of all residential buildings in Europe date from before 1945. Over the past decade, preservationists have taken to the idea of renovating historic structures in an energy-efficient manner. The planned IEA SHC task titled Deep Renovation of Historic Buildings Towards Lowest Possible Energy Demand and CO2 Emission intends to find the best solutions to this challenge. The photo shows the Villa Castelli at Lake Como in Italy. The energy requirements of the building have been reduced and the remaining demand has been met by a heat pump and PV-generated electricity. 
Photo: Oscar Stuffer, Solarraum
 

Solarexpo 2013: Key Event for Every Solar Professional in Italy

Submitted by Baerbel Epp on April 21, 2013

Almost three weeks before the start of the 14th Solarexpo, the organisers have begun preparing for its joint opening with The Innovation Cloud, which will take place in the Fiera Milano Rho, Italy, from 8 to 10 May. In addition to the Solarexpo’s focus on photovoltaics and solar thermodynamics, it is the aim of The Innovation Cloud to also promote all other renewable sources of electricity and energy. At the beginning of April, the registration list showed more than 400 exhibitors representing companies and brands. More than 300 speakers will take part in conferences viewed as one of the perks of a trade fair which has long been known as a showcase for innovation and a key event for the entire solar business community. In 2012, the fair had attracted more than 50,000 visitors and over 1,000 exhibiting companies, according to its organisers.

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