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The Passive House Institute, main promoter of PASSIVHAUS’ Energy Certification, will increase the quality and energy efficiency of the ENERPHIT label focused in buildings refurbishment. Passive House Institute will apply a holistic methodology “step by step” reaching every building construction stage, from the design to the execution.

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In this sense, it is essential the inclusion of sustainable technologies that allows the energy self-consumption placing building integrated photovoltaic technologies as one of the most reliable clean sources, both aesthetically and efficiently.

Onyx Solar is involved in the project EUROPHIT, cofinanced by European Commission with Intelligent Energy Europe Program, through its photovoltaic glass solutions adapted to the construction standards. These materials are perfect to increase the energetic efficiency in buildings, key to reach the ambitious energetic goals established by the European Union for horizon 2020.

One of the main goals of the European Union is to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions to the environment and to stimulate the design of more energy efficient buildings.  In order to achieve that some objectives have been established for the upcoming years, and companies, institutions and individuals showing this same commitment are being awarded.

Among those recognized actors is Onyx Solar, selected as an official partner of the Sustainable Energy Europe Campaign for its photovoltaic skylight in the San Anton Market (Madrid). The project avoid the emission of 5 tons of CO2 a year by integrating a PV glass into the roof, adding a 20% degree of semi transparency to the glass in order to permit daylight to get into the building.

The program’s goal is to showcase activities dedicated to energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions. Concretely the focus is on spreading best practice in sustainable energy technology, build alliances and inspire new energy ideas and actions.

With this award, the photovoltaic skylight will be promoted in 450 events through the year 2011, including the “Energy Days” held each year in Brussels gathering the most renowned professionals within the sector worldwide. In addition to that, the project will be nominated for the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards Competition 2011.

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