http://www.energyefficiencynews.comAfion Media Ltd European Parliament calls for binding 20% energy efficiency target<p>The European Parliament yesterday demanded a binding target to improve energy efficiency 20% across the region by 2020.</p> 2010-12-16T00:00:00-00:00 EU policy, energy efficiency binding target, 20% by 2020, buildings, construction, design, maintenance, lighting, refurbishment, public sector, US earmarks $21 million to improve efficiency of commercial buildings<p>US Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced earlier this week $21 million in technical assistance for 24 projects aimed at improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.</p> 2010-12-03T00:00:00-00:00 US policy, commercial buildings, design, construction, refurbishment, UK construction industry must transform, says report<p>The UK construction industry faces the biggest transformation since the Victorian era to respond to the low-carbon challenge, according to a new report.</p> 2010-11-30T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, building, construction, design, regulation and control, Innovation and Growth Team, IGT, CBI, UK Green Building Council, low carbon building, Institution of Civil Engineers, ICE, UK Housing Minister relaxes new home building regulations<p>UK Housing Minister Grant Shapps has announced that he is scrapping proposals for tighter building regulations for new homes and will end red tape.</p> 2010-11-29T00:00:00-00:00 UK policy, building, construction, new homes, zero carbon, building regulations, energy efficiency, Zero Carbon Hub, ZCH, Code for Sustainable Homes, European Commission tells Spain and Italy to take action on building efficiency<p>The European Commission has formally told Spain and Italy to comply with new rules covering the energy performance of buildings.</p> 2010-11-25T00:00:00-00:00 EU policy, Spain, Italy, building efficiency, energy performance certificates, heating and ventilation, boilers, air conditioning, UK university to unveil &lsquo;Energy House’ in January<p>The University of Salford is making good progress on its project to build an &lsquo;Energy House&rsquo; to test refurbishment technologies, announcing plans to unveil the house in January next year.</p> 2010-11-24T00:00:00-00:00 Building, construction, refurbishment, retrofit, research, University of Salford, energy efficiency, Europe’s climate change leadership eroded by slow action, says WWF<p>Europe&rsquo;s leadership in climate change is being eroded by slow action and a lack of implementation of policy, according to a report out today from WWF International and analysts Ecofys.</p> 2010-11-23T00:00:00-00:00 EU policy, UK policy, climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, WWF, Ecofys, Climate Policy Tracker for the European Union, Saint-Gobain invests $80 million in SAGE to make energy saving glass<p>French glass and construction material manufacturer Saint-Gobain has announced an $80 million investment in SAGE Electrochromics to make energy saving glass.</p> 2010-11-15T00:00:00-00:00 Building, construction, refurbishment, materials, windows, SAGE Electrochromic, Saint-Gobain, electrochromic glass, dynamic glass, US votes to improve national building energy code by 30%<p>US state and local officials have voted to improve the national building model energy code to deliver a 30% boost in savings.</p> 2010-11-02T00:00:00-00:00 US policy, building, construction, design, commercial, residential, 2012 International Energy Conservation Code, IECC, energy efficiency, materials, insulation, windows, lighting, renewables, heating and ventilation, Scottish report warns of compliance gap in building regulations<p>A consultation report published by the Scottish Government indicates that there is a serious disjoint between approved designs and actual building construction.</p> 2010-11-01T00:00:00-00:00 Scottish Government, Scotland, building regulations, compliance gap, Association for the Conservation of Energy,