Horizon 2020

02 December 2013

logo ecHorizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union , a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU's new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

The draft work programme 2014-2015 of Horizon 2020 in the area of "Secure, clean and efficient energy" has been published. It includes funding opportunities for 'IEE-like' activities, also in buildings (€6,5 billion). See the draft work programme on


New child safety requirements for internal solar shading

02 December 2013

logo-makeitsafeThe EU Decision of 28th July 2011 mandated CEN to incorporate new requirements on child safety into the standard EN 13120 on internal blinds, in particular sections 8 and 15. This work also required the writing of two test method standards - EN 16433 and EN 16434.

Opportunities and Pitfalls in the World of LEED®

19 November 2013

logo-buildinggreenIt’s no secret that awnings and solar shades can help reduce cooling energy use in both homes and commercial buildings, while improving their appearance and making the occupants more comfortable. Both energy savings and occupant comfort are key aspects of U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED rating systems, so awnings and solar shades should be a no-brainer for LEED projects, right?

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The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU, adopted on 25 October 2012

18 April 2013

This Directive establishes a common framework of measures for the promotion of energy efficiency within the Union in order to ensure the achievement of the Union's 2020 20 % headline target on energy efficiency and to pave the way for further energy efficiency improvements beyond that date.

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