Energy efficiency

Paulina Faria, Ana Brás

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Buildings count for around 40% of the total final energy consumption in Europe which enhance the need to reduce energy requirement by keeping high indoor air quality and thermal comfort conditions. In fact, Europe objective is to consistently reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 80 - 95% in 35 years.
Research and technology innovation regarding sustainable and efficient solutions to save energy and to improve indoor environmental quality in buildings represent a key scientific issue to be urgently addressed. Within the European Union, where bio-economy is an important challenge in the Horizon 2020 Framework programme, a report was released by the European Commission based on opinions and a consultation process that took place during 2011.
New environmentally friendly materials, and passive solutions in general, are optimal strategies to achieve this target.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerformance of Bio-based Building Materials
Subtitle of host publicationPerformance of Buildings
EditorsDennis Jones, Christian Brischke
PublisherWoodhead Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-008-100-992-5
ISBN (Print) 978-008-100-982-6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing Series in civil and structural Engineering
PublisherWoodhead Publishing


  • Enegy efficiency
  • Building
  • Bio-based material
  • Moisture buffer value


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