European Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference



28 February - 1 March 2013 

A-4600 Wels,
Upper Austria/Austria 

Programme "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference" (pdf)

Conference fee:

185 Euro, includes also the Energy Efficiency Watch Conference, the LED Conference and the site-visit (01 March)

The fee also includes an entrance ticket to the tradeshow and conference documentation. All fees plus 10 % VAT 

Conference languages:

English, German, Russian, Spanish

Organisation and conference office: 

OÖ Energiesparverband
Landstrasse 45, 4020 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43/732/7720-14386
Fax +43/732/7720-14383
office [AT] esv.or [DOT] at 

The European conference to discuss how to achieve “near zero energy buildings" (NZEB) in new construction & renovation: technologies, policies, financial instruments, definitions & national action plans, best practice examples, cost optimality of energy efficiency and renewable energy in buildings.


Thursday, 28 February 2013

14.00 What is a Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB)?

  • Opening & welcome
    Rudi Anschober, Regional Minister for Energy, Upper Austria
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

  • Update on European building policies
    Claudia Canevari, European Commission, DG Energy

  • Emerging trends in NZEB definitions
    Bogdan Atanasiu, Buildings Performance Institute Europe

  • Renewable energy – a key element of any NZEB
    Gerhard Dell, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria

  • The impact of NZEBs on EU energy use
    Diane Ürge-Vorsatz, Central European University, Hungary

16.30 Selected NZEB technologies

Chairperson: Sorcha Edwards, Power House Nearly Zero Challenge, Housing Europe

  • The challenge of designing NZEBs
    Adrian Joyce, EuroACE

  • Cutting-edge technologies for NZEBs
    Hans Erhorn, Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics, Germany

  • Smart cities – intelligent solutions for the future
    Michael Paula/Theodor Zillner, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation & Technology, Austria

  • Demonstration projects of NZEB housing renovation as a vehicle to market development
    Maarten De Groote, Flemish Energy Agency, Belgium

  • Ventilation in NZEB buildings
    Jarek Kurnitski, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

18.15 End of the conference day

19.00 Evening programme

Friday, 01 March 2013

09.00 Implementing Nearly Zero Energy Buildings locally and regionally

  • Welcome
    Christine Öhlinger, OÖ Energiesparverband, Austria
    Estelle Delangle, Assembly of European Regions

  • Supporting NZEB implementation - the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme
    Pau Garcia Audí, European Commission, EACI

  • Social housing facing the nZEB Challenge!
    Diane Diacon, Building & Social Housing Foundation, UK

  • Public buildings: achieving the qualitative and economic objectives
    Mel Kendal, County Councillor Hampshire, UK

11.40 Nearly Zero Energy Buildings: Examples and methodologies

  • Examples & lessons learned from New England, USA
    Thomas RC Hartman/Caroline Petrovick , Coldham & Hartman Architects, USA

  • High performance buildings: a feasible option for future cities?
    Hans Bloem, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre

  • Testing of energy-efficient building materials
    Ilze Dimdiņa, University of Latvia

  • Sopharma Business Towers – an innovative office building
    Dimitar Panayotov Paskalev, Architectonika Studio, Bulgaria

  • Energy efficiency and the market value of properties
    Martin Vaché, IWU - Institute for Housing and Environment, Germany

13.00 End of the conference

13.30 - 17.00 Site-visit "Nearly Zero Energy Buildings"

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 renewable energy sources. Member States draw up National Plans for increasing the number of nearly zero energy buildings, covering both in new construction and renovation.

The Nearly Zero Energy Buildings Conference offered:

  • presentations of criteria for "nearly zero energy buildings" (NZEB) 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, including "National Plans for NZEB"
  • 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

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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 near zero energy buildings.

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