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The 1st International Conference on Buildings, Energy, Systems, and Technology (BEST 2016), was held in Belgrade, Serbia, on November 2-4,2016. This conference was an opportunity to bring together experts with different skills around the theme of building performance. It covered different aspects (technology, energy, environment, and economy), different scales (from the urban to the building level, including the built environment up to the single technical building systems), and different phases of the building process (from urban planning to building design, up to construction and management). This Special issue contains extended versions of some selected papers presented at BEST 2016, which went through a blind peer review of international experts. The present Editorial introduces the topics of the BEST 2016 and the contents of this Special issue. The focus of the Editorial is the theme of energy efficiency improvement in buildings; it provides an overview of state-of-the-art and of the legislation framework, and a discussion on research perspectives and trends.
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THERMAL SCIENCE YEAR 2018, VOLUME 22, ISSUE Supplement 4, PAGES [S971 - S976]
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  2. ***, Directive 2010/31/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 on the energy performance of buildings (recast)
  3. ***, Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency, amending Directives 2009/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2004/8/EC and 2006/32/EC
  4. ***, Directive 2018/844/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive 2010/31/EU on the energy performance of buildings and Directive 2012/27/EU on energy effi-ciency
  5. ***, Multi-annual roadmap for the contractual PPP on Energy efficient Buildings under Horizon 2020, December 2013.

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