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Valencia 2030: heading for climate neutrality
Valencia 2030: heading for climate neutrality
In the city, the famous Cabanyal district which had been home to a local fishing community for a long time, has recently been transformed into a testing ground for numerous energy efficiency techniques.
Sustainable is beautiful
Sustainable is beautiful
In architecture, there are two kinds of sustainability: one simpler, smaller, and ethical in its relationship with the environment and with people; and another which is “fashionable”, used as a label in a speculative way, without an understanding of what it really means.
Circular is better: recyclable buildings to save the planet
Circular is better: recyclable buildings to save the planet
Maguy Soldevila is a former art teacher. Some years ago, she quit the frenzy and the pollution of the French city of Lyon to move into a typical house of the 1960s, in the small village of Sail-sous-Couzan.
Transformation in Antalya for a smarter, low-carbon future
Transformation in Antalya for a smarter, low-carbon future
The Turkish city of Antalya, on the country’s southwest coast, is perhaps best known internationally as a holiday destination. But as one of Turkey’s largest cities, Antalya is home to around 2.
Powering the future: energy partnerships for sustainable smart cities
Powering the future: energy partnerships for sustainable smart cities
Cities, with their concentration of services, economic opportunity, mobility and social interaction, have proved endlessly attractive to humans.
Shifting ground: the changing face of construction and buildings
Shifting ground: the changing face of construction and buildings
Buildings stand at the epicentre of the climate change and sustainability debate, as discussions at the recent COP26 conference demonstrated.
Bauhaus coming full-circle: sustainable buildings in a resource-efficient economy
Bauhaus coming full-circle: sustainable buildings in a resource-efficient economy
In the world of invention, innovation and design, very little goes to waste. And in today’s ideas-hungry world, the achievements of decades past are all ripe for reimagination.
Nottingham ready to beat Theresa May’s climate targets
Nottingham ready to beat Theresa May’s climate targets
As one of her final acts as Prime Minister, Theresa May , announced that she will be signing into law a pledge to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050 . This would make Britain the first member of the G7 to make such a commitment official.
Smart buildings of glass
Smart buildings of glass
Whether you are arriving to or departing from Helsinki Airport, the first thing you notice is the glass around you and the characteristic Finnish design.
Florence: Renaissance and smart future
Florence: Renaissance and smart future
When you hear Uffizi, Accademia and David what do you think about? Florence, for sure. For its old history, breathtaking painting, sculpture, and architecture.
Peer pressure helps cut households energy use
Peer pressure helps cut households energy use
It was developed under the €2.88 million EU funded Digital Environment Home Energy Management System ( DEHEMS ) project. A number of plug-in home energy monitoring meters are already available on the market.
A Window Through Time
A Window Through Time
Going from modern energy efficient houses to historic buildings must have been a big leap for you.
Energy-efficient windows for historic buildings
Energy-efficient windows for historic buildings
Window refurbishments stand out as a viable approach to dramatically reduce energy loss. As their first case of study, the project’s researchers chose to upgrade the windows of the ‘Waaghaus’ (Public Weighing House), a building located in Bolzano, Italy, that is over seven-century-old.
Saving 80 to 90 % of conventional energy in office buildings
Saving 80 to 90 % of conventional energy in office buildings
In 2006 the Technical Building Code (CTE) has come into force in Spain. The Code provides for a reduction of energy demand of buildings from architectural design and a reduction of conventional energy consumption through the use of solar thermal water to produce heating and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.
New solutions to reduce energy consumption
New solutions to reduce energy consumption
Professor Claes-Göran Granqvist and colleagues at Uppsala University in Sweden have recently received about 2 million euros from the European Research Council to develop new materials making buildings more energy efficient.
Nanoparticles in our cities: any risks for our health?
Nanoparticles in our cities: any risks for our health?
Dr. Anne Beeldens and colleagues at the Belgian Road Research Centre have tested air purification efficiency by TiO2 NP-containing pavement blocks on parking lanes in Antwerp.
The Ecologic Way to Paradise
The Ecologic Way to Paradise
In the district of Hol, located west of Oslo, a church built in 1920 was renovated to become energy efficient for as little cost as possible, while respecting its status as a historical monument.
Growing Ecologic Buildings
Growing Ecologic Buildings
Reducing the energy requirements of buildings is an absolute priority in Europe. The energy demonstration project SARA has developed several public-access eco-buildings in France, Italy, Slovenia, Spain, UK and Uzbekistan.
Communist Heritage Turns Green
Communist Heritage Turns Green
Climate change is on everyone’s lips these days and the European Union, having decided to reduce its CO2-emmissions by at least half by 2050, is no exception.
Green Housing Estate
Green Housing Estate
Our future depends on energy, and as households and cars currently contribute to more than 50% of all energy consumption in the EU, new energy-efficient architecture can be an important approach to bring this percentage down.
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