Chess Setup: the European project towards Net Zero Emission Buildings


Chess Setup: the European project towards Net Zero Emission Buildings


The buildings sector is responsible for one-third of the world's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to the World Green Building Council. Construction of buildings, heating them, providing them with electricity and hot water, while the world population is growing, as well as their energy needs, represents a central challenge for our society.


Maintaining global warming below the threshold of 2 degrees of increase will be unattainable without transforming or reforming our buildings, whether homes, service buildings or businesses. Accordingly, the European Commission established precise objectives for its buildings:

  • By 2020, all new buildings must comply with the criteria "Net Zero Emission Building" (NZEB)
  • For new public buildings, the expiration term is 2018
  • 100% of existing buildings must meet this criterion in 2050


In fact, both the construction sector and the retrofitting sector will need solutions to achieve these objectives. In order for new technical solutions to emerge, the H2020 financing program from the European Commission finances projects to implement new solutions. In this context, the Chess Setup project was formed, which aims to reduce the energy needs (and, in fact, GHG emissions) by adopting the supply approach.


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