Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference

  Date:   01 - 02 March 2012
  Venue:   A-4600 Wels, Upper Austria
  Conference fee:

   180 Euro (plus 10% VAT)

  Conference languages:   English, German, Italian
  Organisation und
  conference office:
   O.Ö. Energiesparverband
   Landstraße 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
   Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
   Fax +43/732/7720-14383
   office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at  

  A conference to discuss how to achieve "high-energy performance" buildings in new construction and renovation.


Thursday, 01 March 2012

14.00 What are "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings" (NZEBs)?

  • Welcome
    Gerhard Dell / Christiane Egger, O.Ö. Energiesparverband

  • Recent policy initiatives in the buildings sector
    Robert Nuij, European Commission, DG Energy

  • Towards net zero energy buildings - solutions and examples
    Karsten Voss, University of Wuppertal, Germany

  • Challenges for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
    Bogdan Atanasiu, Buildings Performance Institute Europe

  • Why do energy efficiency policies so often fail?
    Nils Borg, eceee

16.40 Practical implementation of NZEBs

  • Member States' approaches to NZEBs
    Prof. Eduardo B. Maldonado, University of Porto, Coordinator of the Concerted Action EPBD

  • Examples for NZEBs in the commercial sector
    Hans Erhorn, Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics, Germany

  • MINERGIE – the Swiss approach to cost optimal NZEBs
    Ulrich Nyffenegger, Amt für Umweltkoordination & Energie, Kanton Bern, Switzerland

  • Business models for renewable energy in buildings
    Kristian Petrick, IEA-RETD, Spain

  • Indoor air quality: Thermal comfort for building users
    Bjarne W. Olesen, Technical University of Denmark

18.00 End of the conference day

19.00 Evening programme

Sorcha Edwards, Deputy Secretary General, Cecodhas Housing Europe

Friday, 02 March 2012

> Stakeholder Meeting "NZEB: The vision for 2020"

09.00 Technology innovation for NZEBs

  • Welcome
    MEP Fiona Hall, Member of the European Parliament, Vice President Eufores

  • Examples of NZEBs around the globe
    Jens Laustsen, Technical Director, Global Building Performance Network (GBPN), France

  • From efficient building to smart city
    Michael Paula / Theodor Zillner, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria

  • A novel calculation method for energy efficient buildings
    Christian Pöhn, City of Vienna / Gerhard Dell, O.Ö. Energiesparverband, Austria

  • Airtightness – a key challenge for NZEBs
    Peter Wouters, TightVent Europe and AIVC, Belgium

11.40 Project flash

  • Smart buildings in smart grids
    Jean-Yves Blanc, President, Eubac

  • Building change: Reaching net zero
    Kathryn B. Janda, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, UK

  • User motivation pays off!
    Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Centre, USA

  • The "Power House Nearly Zero Challenge"
    Sorcha Edwards, Coordinator "The Power House Nearly Zero Challenge", Deputy Secretary General, Cecodhas Housing Europe

  • The "100 ESCOs plan" for public buildings
    José Ramón López, EVE, Spain

  • Energy efficient buildings - from Estonia to Croatia
    Ingrida Bremere, Baltic Environmental Forum, Latvia

12. 45 Lunch break

13.30 – 17.00 Technical Site-visits "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

Programme Energy Efficiency Watch Conference
Programme Stakeholder Meeting
Programme WSED next! Energy Efficiency

The coming years will see a sharp increase in the market uptake of highly efficient buildings throughout Europe: by 2018, new public buildings must be nearly zero-energy buildings, by 2020, this will apply to all new buildings. According to the European Buildings Directive, a "nearly zero-energy building" is a building that has a very high energy performance and the very low amount of energy required is covered to a very significant extent by energy from renewable sources. Member States must draw up national plans for increasing the number of nearly zero-energy buildings, covering both in new construction and renovation. The conference "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings" will offer:

  • a discussion on the criteria for "nearly zero energy buildings" and how this standard can be achieved
  • the latest technology trends and financing solutions
  • the meeting place for the global sustainable buildings community
  • an outlook on the developments on European and global markets for sustainable buildings
  • inspirational case studies and site-visits
  • exchange of experience among experts and new business opportunities
  • WSED next! - an event for young researchers on energy efficiency in buildings
  • a major trade show, the “Energiesparmesse“, dedicated to energy-efficiency and renewable energy in buildings, with 1,600 exhibitors

Upper Austria is an ideal location for such a conference: due to consistent policies, today there are more than 1,000 buildings meeting passive building standard and several thousand "lowest energy buildings".

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