August 29, 2014
by Jakob Ebner
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General certification systems needed for an effective construction

The Building Dialogue Dalarna, Sweden, gathering all members in the building chain of the region, is working on the introduction of a general certification system for sustainable buildings in order to raise quality and effectiveness in the building process. At … Continue reading

July 10, 2014
by Etienne Vienot (RAEE)
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Supporting behaviour change in sustainable building

During the past June, 23rd and 24th, a training concerning awareness and supporting behavior change was given by Lara MANG-JOUBERT and Ludovic GICQUEL, from OXALIS. This 2-day training provides tools to facilitate transmission, awareness and support for changing sustainable building … Continue reading

July 4, 2014
by Jakob Ebner
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What can Sweden learn from Europe?

This was the question at a seminar on sustainable buildings in Dalarna in june 2014. Mats Rönnelid from the University of Dalarna presented the pros and cons on the building sector in Dalarna concluding: In Dalarna exist a good cooperation … Continue reading

May 12, 2014
by Apolline Faure
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The use of local wood in sustainable construction projects

Through MountEE pilot projects, the regional natural Park of Pyrenees catalanes promotes the use of local building materials. According to the Park, sustainable construction is also using local materials. It contributes to the integration of the building in its environment … Continue reading

Energy management and maintenance: short interviews

April 14, 2014 by Carole Piton (CIPRA) | 0 comments

Last week we had the opportunity to interview Dietmar Lenz and Rainer Siegele who are involved in testing the Module 5 “Energy  maintenance” of the Service package “sustainable:building in the municipality” in the Region of Vorarlberg (Austria)

The module 5 aims to control and optimize the energy consumtion and the cleaning process – during the planing phase, during the buildings works and by the use of the building.

They answer to our questions:


Dietmar Lenz, from Umweltverband Vorarlberg
“What was your experience by testing the module 5 “Energy and Maintenance?”

“Could you see any saves of the energy consumption thanks to the Module 5?”

Rainer Siegele, Mayor of Mäder, Pilot building
“What is your practical experience?”

September 16, 2013
by Dietmar Lenz (Umweltverband Vorarlberg)
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Maintenance and Operation of sustainable buildings – first experiences with energy evaluation

As part of the “MountEE” project, the “Sustainable:Building in the Municipality” service package is to be expanded by a Module 5, “Service and Maintenance”. An offer will be made concerning the evaluation of energy consumption alongside the consultation as well as in the area … Continue reading

July 22, 2013
by Jakob Ebner
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New service package Dalarna

In Dalarna, Sweden, municipalities have during a number of years participated in a building network, learning togehter and inspiring each other to more environmentally friendly and energy efficient buildings. Now, with the help of the MountEE-project, we want to take … Continue reading

July 4, 2013
by Sabine Erber (Energieinstitut)
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Building management: Expectations of the new support service

The “Sustainable:Building in the Municipality” service package support communities in the planning and construction of energy-efficient and ecological buildings in their communities. So far, the communities were supported with 4 modules, which content ranged from pre-planning through to implementation and … Continue reading

May 21, 2013
by Sebastien Eyraud (ASDER)
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A challenge to mobilize energy savings on public buildings

Considering the important role of municipalities on this issue, the General Council of Savoie and the association ASDER decided to set up the challenge “Effective Municipalities in Energy Savings.” This challenge “EMES” (or C3E in French) aims to raise awareness … Continue reading