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Valencia 2030: heading for climate neutrality Valencia 2030: heading for climate neutrality

Internationally renowned for the stunning architecture of its City of Arts and Sciences, by local architect Santiago Calatrava, the Spanish city of Valencia has been this year selected among the 100 European cities that will take up the challenge to become climate neutral by 2030.

September 2022
Sustainable is beautiful Sustainable is beautiful

Beauty in architecture is often expensive, while sustainability should be affordable and widespread. Does this mean that aesthetics and sustainability are in conflict? Or can one integrate the other? Solutions exist. What we need is a cultural revolution.

 

August 2022
Circular is better: recyclable buildings to save the planet Circular is better: recyclable buildings to save the planet

House units which can be reassembled into other buildings. Citizens’ groups volunteering to renovate the existing stock with natural materials. And an EU project testing innovative solution, to involve users and institutions in a new sustainable model. When the housing sector goes circular, waste and emissions go down.

July 2022
Shifting ground: the changing face of construction and buildings Shifting ground: the changing face of construction and buildings

Earth is not only our precious planet, but a building material that can guide one of the planet’s most emissions-heavy sectors towards a carbon-neutral, sustainable future

December 2021
Bauhaus coming full-circle: sustainable buildings in a resource-efficient economy Bauhaus coming full-circle: sustainable buildings in a resource-efficient economy

One hundred years on, the influential building, art and design movement is born again amid Europe’s push to reduce emissions in the carbon-heavy housing sector. Like its forerunner of the 1920s, the New European Bauhaus is designed for form, function, good looks and community uplift – with some 21st century additions too

September 2021
Smart buildings of glass Smart buildings of glass

Glass in architecture has been recently used more intensively thanks to developments in its manufacturing

June 2019
Building renovations: social aid to accept the change Building renovations: social aid to accept the change

When energy-saving measures are planned in social housing buildings, the environmental aim is combined with the scope of reducing inequality. In Zaragoza, Spain, a team of social workers is helping the tenants of a multi-family building to accept a challenging refurbishment

June 2019
Building energy efficient communities Building energy efficient communities

In many EU countries multi-family dwellings represent the dominant residential solution. But structural renovations to cut emissions and save energy may be a real challenge in such contexts, if the communities are not properly involved in the process

June 2019
District Heating 2.0 District Heating 2.0

In the EU, the main use of energy by households is for heating their homes, and is therefore highly contributing to greenhouse gas emissions

February 2019
Twenty-two million smart homes in Europe: from science-fiction to reality Twenty-two million smart homes in Europe: from science-fiction to reality

Energy-saving devices and ‘smart speakers’ are selling in record-breaking numbers, and driving hi-tech market development. However, obstacles remain due to a lack of digital skills among consumers and inconsistent service level

January 2019
Useful Steam - Heat Recovery Useful Steam - Heat Recovery

While the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) takes place from the 2nd to the 14th of December 2018 in Katowice, Poland, we have been investigating how district heating can contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases.

December 2018
Home sweet (hemp) home Home sweet (hemp) home

December 5 is UN World Soil Day. The building industry has thus been called to account for its role in the massive use of mineral raw materials and environmental pollution. One solution comes from the bio-construction sector which draws on unlimited sources of natural materials such as hemp, which is a recyclable carbon sequestrator. But how comfortable is it to live in a hemp house?

November 2018
When citizen engagement makes the difference When citizen engagement makes the difference

Involving citizens is the biggest challenge to finalise large-scale energy efficiency works in neighbourhoods. An emblematic story comes from Valladolid, Spain, where “no, we can’t” has become “yes, we can”

November 2018
Making co-owned buildings energy efficient: a EU lab in Rome Making co-owned buildings energy efficient: a EU lab in Rome

Italy may be emblematic in the energy rehabilitation of buildings because of its red tape and ever-changing tax incentives

October 2018
Is it worth renovating old buildings? Is it worth renovating old buildings?

The building sector is the largest energy-consuming sector in Europe. As retrofitting works are often unaffordable for people who own apartments in old blocks, the EU has had to step in

June 2018
The human factor in saving energy The human factor in saving energy

Throughout Europe buildings are still responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. More renovation of the existing stock is needed. This is where citizens come into play

May 2018
Bio-homes to tackle the housing emergency Bio-homes to tackle the housing emergency

A new sustainable initiative in Bristol, in the UK, uses bio-based materials to face the need for additional and affordable housing supply

April 2018
Energy “vigilant” citizens Energy “vigilant” citizens

People are increasingly testing smart control systems to curb energy use, while maximising the amount of renewables employed in the process

April 2018
Smart buildings: predictive maintenance is crucial Smart buildings: predictive maintenance is crucial

A talk with Italian expert Antonio Disi about building maintenance, smart technologies and “energy illiterate” citizens 

February 2018
The many faces of hemp The many faces of hemp

The ecological properties of hemp makes it one of the types of insulation used in construction with the lowest carbon emissions footprint

December 2017
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