In focus: Energy efficiency in buildings

Buildings are a central part of our daily lives, and we spend a large part of our days in them – at home, at work, or during our spare time.

In its different forms – homes, work places, schools, hospitals, libraries or other public buildings – the built environment is, however, the single largest energy consumer in the EU. And one of the largest carbon dioxide emitters.

Collectively, buildings in the EU are responsible for 40% of our energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions, which mainly stem from construction, use, renovation and demolition.

Improving energy efficiency in buildings

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New House to undergo wholesale renovation; re-opening slated for fall 2019 | MIT News

Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart and Vice President and Dean for Student Life Suzy Nelson have informed members of the MIT community that New House will undergo extensive renovations and repairs from June 2017 to August 2019. Barnhart and Nelson said the decision to renovate the 41-year-old building was based on the outcomes of a feasibility study conducted by the Office of Campus Planning and the MIT Capital Projects group. The study examined the costs, capacity gains, and construction timelines associated with two scenarios: renovating or re-building.

“We have informed your Head of House Wesley Harris and the entire House Team, as

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