2nd Skin: a solution to “simplify and scale up” renovations

renovation, 2nd Skin, Climate KIC BTA, innovation, envelope, Netherlands, Waterweg Wonen Housing Cooperation, BIK bouw, Climate-KIC BTA, Provincie Utrecht, TU Delft, TU Munchen, Sto Isoned, Itho Daalderop, Kingspan 22/11/17 15:00 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/2nd-skin-a-solution-to-simplify-and-scale-up-renovations.html 2nd Skin: a solution to “simplify and scale up” renovations

In Vlaardingen, Netherlands, a unique deep retrofit pilot project is taking place: the 2nd Skin project . But what is 2nd Skin? Onno de Wal, Director of BIK bouw, answers that question. What is the principle behind 2nd Skin? Onno de Wal: The name is pretty self-explanatory. We add a second skin to a building’s envelope. This additional envelope is a smart solution to solve the energy efficiency issues of aging buildings. 2nd Skin is very flexible as it is based on the Sto Therm Classic technology

Interview with Davida Herzl, CEO and Co-Founder, Aclima

Aclima, Sustainable Innovation Forum, Davida Herzl, COP23 21/11/17 10:09 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/interview-with-davida-herzl-ceo-and-co-founder-aclima.html Interview with Davida Herzl, CEO and Co-Founder, Aclima

Climate Action caught up with Davida Herzl, CEO and Co-Founder, Aclima, ahead of the Sustainable Innovation Forum, organised on 13-14 November 2017 alongside COP23. Do you want to introduce Aclima? Aclima delivers environmental intelligence through sensor networks to improve human health and planetary health. We combine leading-edge sensing technology, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence to take the real-time pulse of the invisible world around us. Translating real-time data into actionable

The 8th Sustainable Innovation Forum brought climate leaders together in Bonn

Sustainable Innovation Forum, COP23, Bonn 21/11/17 10:06 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/the-8th-sustainable-innovation-forum-brought-climate-leaders-together-in-bonn.html The 8th Sustainable Innovation Forum brought climate leaders together in Bonn

On 13-14 November, Climate Action, in official partnership with UN Environment held the 8th edition of the Sustainable Innovation Forum alongside COP23 in Bonn, Germany.  Chaired by Nik Gowing, International Broadcaster, the 2-days conference started with a keynote address from the COP23 Hosts, Fiji, on “Achieving Measurable Global Action” by Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fijian Attorney-General, and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications where he presented the country’s

Ceremony of the Roger Léron Award – 2017

Léron Award, event, ceremony, FEDARENE 21/11/17 09:52 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/ceremony-of-the-roger-leron-award-2017.html Ceremony of the Roger Léron Award – 2017

The FEDARENE is delighted to invite you to the Ceremony of the 3rd Edition of the Roger Léron Award which will take place on the 5th of December at the Bip-House of the Capital Region, in Brussels, at 6pm. As you may know, the Award was created in honor of Roger Léron, former president of FEDARENE and life-long contributor to the regional and local sustainable energy field. Indeed, the purpose of this Award is to acknowledge a persistent and proactive commitment, contributing successfully to sustainable

Butterfly wings inspire scientists to boost performance of solar panels

butterfly wings, scientists, solar panels, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Dr. Hendrik Hölscher, PV technology 20/11/17 13:37 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/butterfly-wings-inspire-scientists-to-boost-performance-of-solar-panels.html Butterfly wings inspire scientists to boost performance of solar panels

Scientists have discovered that the way butterfly wings absorb sunlight could offer engineering insights on how to improve the efficiency of thin-film photovoltaic modules. Researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany have studied the common rose butterfly, due to the fact that this particular species' wings are completely black. Dr. Hendrik Hölscher of KIT’s Institute of Microstructure Technology explains: “The butterfly studied by us is very dark black. This signifies

Norway’s wealth fund to divest from fossil fuels

Norway, fund, fossil fuels, oil price, Egil Matsen, Jason Disterhoft, Rainforest Action Network, Sony Kapoor, Vidal Helgersen 20/11/17 12:29 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/norway-s-wealth-fund-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels.html Norway’s wealth fund to divest from fossil fuels

Norway’s $1 trillion fund is to consider divesting from oil and gas stocks to protect Norway’s economy from oil price risk. The announcement came from Norway’s national bank, which wrote a letter to the Ministry of Finance on Thursday, recommending the removal of oil and gas stocks from the world’s largest wealth fund - built on the back of revenues from oil and gas for decades. Egil Matsen, Deputy Governor said: "This advice is based exclusively on financial arguments and analyses of the government's

Canada and the UK launch new global alliance against coal during COP23

Canada, UK, global alliance, coal, COP23, Bonn, powering past coal, Claire Perry, Vztherine McKenna, John Silk, Mohamed Adow, EU, OECD 20/11/17 12:17 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/canada-and-the-uk-launch-new-global-alliance-against-coal-during-cop23.html Canada and the UK launch new global alliance against coal during COP23

During climate talks in Bonn, Canada and the UK along with the Marshall Islands have launched the “Powering Past Coal” alliance inviting governmental entities from around the world to phase out dirty coal power plants. Coal production and consumption has been particularly targeted by climate change advocates and policymakers not only due to high carbon and methane emissions from burning and mining but also due to health concerns associated with air pollution generated by coal combustion. The new

R2CITIES Lavatrici district demo site on the agenda at this year’s Genoa Smart Week

Genova, smart week, italia, R2CITIES, renovation, residential district 20/11/17 00:00 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/r2cities-lavatrici-district-demo-site-on-the-agenda-at-this-year-s-genoa-smart-week.html R2CITIES Lavatrici district demo site on the agenda at this year’s Genoa Smart Week

On Wednesday 22 November, we’re putting on two events as part of Genoa Smart Week A session on the achievements and opportunities in district renovation – R2CITIES history and Genoa Outcomes – 9.00am to 10.45am at Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino, Salone del BergamascoThe demo team* who have worked on Genoa’s Lavatrici district are set to deliver a session about the building energy performance achieved through the project’s retrofitting package. They will talk specifically about the interventions and the

BiogasAction – Denmark Intervention report

biogas, action, Denmark, report, Danish biogas industry, Heat Supply Act, farmers, NGF Nature Energy 17/11/17 12:51 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/biogasaction-denmark-intervention-report.html BiogasAction – Denmark Intervention report

Biogas development in Denmark The Danish biogas industry has in recent years seen a major progress. The improved framework conditions is one of the reasons, partly as a result of a long-term commitment from the industry itself, as well as an increased focus on renewable energy and out phasing fossil fuels. At this moment 154 biogas plants are in operation in Denmark, producing biogas equivalent to 1.2 TWh /year. Animal manure is the most important biogas feedstock, with a high future potential.

MANAGENERGY, the European Commission initiative for helping regional and local energy agencies

managenergy, energy transition, European Comission, energy agencies, masterclass, networking events, expert missions, 17/11/17 12:40 https://www.construction21.org/articles/h/managenergy-the-european-commission-initiative-for-helping-regional-and-local-energy-agencies.html MANAGENERGY, the European Commission initiative for helping regional and local energy agencies

ManagEnergy – Leaders in energy transition ManagEnergy is the European Commission initiative for helping regional and local energy agencies to become leaders in the energy transition and to increase sustainable energy investments in regions and cities. Information, know-how, visibility and networking opportunities are provided, together with support to local and regional energy agencies in delivering new services or boosting existing ones. Energy agencies are in a unique position to support the energy

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