Freitag, 28. Oktober 2016

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Active House recognised as main EU stakeholder in the building sector

(lifePR) (Rotterdam, ) In the past years the Active House Alliance has become more and more known among the European decision makers thanks to its active participation in the policy and technical debates on sustainable buildings. Recently, its efforts to create healthy and comfortable lives to buildings' occupants without negatively influencing the climate and environment, have been highly rewarded by the European Commission.

On 16th of June the Alliance took part in the European Commission's "1st Working Group meeting for the development of a common EU framework of indicators for the environmental performance of buildings" as a member of the main stakeholder group. This allowed Active House to contribute proactively to the work on the development of macro-objectives for resource efficient buildings and help to pave the way towards a more sustainable Europe.

"The European Commission has by this initiative taken the first step towards a common understanding of sustainable buildings in Europe and the meeting showed that a balanced focus on Comfort, Energy and Environment is highly relevant", commented Kurt Emil Eriksen, Secretary General of the Active House Alliance.

In addition, the Alliance has been continuously showcasing national developments and raising awareness on successful initiatives and projects on the ground. Together with the International Passive House Association, the Active House Alliance co-organised a high-level policy conference during the EU Sustainable Energy Week 2015 (EUSEW15) on 18th of June. Here, the "Implementation of nearly zero energy buildings (NZEB) into national legislation" based on the Passive House and Active House philosophies was discussed.

"The European Commission has supported the development of energy efficient buildings by setting requirements to the implementation of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings in the Member States", said Kurt Emil Eriksen. "This has been key in the innovation within energy efficient buildings like Active Houses, and now the next steps should be to focus on indoor climate and sustainability", he continued.

The participants at the event exchanged their views on what is needed in order to strengthen the implementation of NZEB further and therefore to make sustainable buildings mainstream solutions and standards by the end of the decade. This intention is in line with the Commission's endeavours, on whose behalf the EU Energy & Climate Action Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete expressed his support during the opening of the EUSEW15 highlighting that NZEB "should become the norm by 2020". The Board of the Active House Alliance also met during the EUSEW15 week on 17th of June to discuss how to further strengthen the Association's recognition among key stakeholders and policy makers.

About the EUSEW

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), an initiative of the European Commission, first took place in 2006. The EUSEW connects directly with citizens and energy stakeholders at the local, regional and national levels, helping Europe to reach its energy goals and generate new ideas and Actions.

Active House

Active House Alliance is a non-profit association bringing together stakeholders from the construction sector throughout the world. The alliance includes members from the building industry, architects, consultants, manufacturers, researchers and universities.

The ambition is - in the common interest of its members - to create a viable, independent and international influential alliance, which supports the vision of buildings that create healthier and more comfortable lives for their residents without impacting negatively on the climate and environment - thus moving us towards a cleaner, healthier and safer world.

For more information on the Alliance see here:

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