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Beyond Zero Energy in European Homes

January/February 2015
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2015 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 01, 2015
Where is energy efficiency in buildings headed in Europe? Key trends in Germany, Europe's leading construction market, provide useful insight.
My Berlin neighborhood is buzzing with activity. Several turn-of-the-century apartment buildings are being renovated before winter arrives. One receives only a new coat of paint, but the others are given new windows and a generous layer of insulation before the elegant stucco façade is restored. At least one of them is also being connected to a district heating network.

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