Workshop - Decarbonising cities with geothermal district heating: how to finance it?

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Date : 05/12/19 15:16

Author : Benoit Hofer

This seminar is organised as a partnership between the European geothermal industry and European local authorities committed to the energy transition to facilitate the uptake of this clean renewable energy technology. You can register using the following link. In particular, this workshop, organized in the framework of the GEORISK project and the HeatNet NWE project and in association with the Covenant of Mayors, aims at best answering the following issues: Role of local planning in enabling RES

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OVERVIEW | Socioeconomic and technical approaches to building stock renovation

Tags: renovation, refurbishment
Date : 05/12/19 11:33

Author : Build Up

Renovating the EU building stock Deep renovation of buildings has the potential to cut 36% of their energy consumption by 2030, while reducing the EU’s dependency on imported energy, creating growth, innovation and employment, reducing fuel poverty and resulting in more comfortable and healthier buildings.   EU legislative initiatives have been introduced to encourage building renovation, such as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the Energy Efficiency Directive. The recast

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TADI, an office complex focused on comfort, China - Green Solutions Awards 2019 winner

Tags: Green Solutions Awards, Green Solutions Awards 2019, GSA19, #GreenSolutions Awards, health, comfort, office, sensor, technology, indoor air quality
Date : 05/12/19 11:30

Author : C21 France La redaction

The result of the Health & Comfort category is unprecedented in the history of the Green Solutions Awards: two international winners were chosen. Two emblematic buildings, each representing two complementary approaches, one human, the other technological, have stood out from the crowd. We present you now the second approach, that of TADI! The TADI office complex is a fully instrumented 20,000 m2 complex of buildings built in a dense urban environment. Sensors are used to measure indoor air quality

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Data that will boost the transformation of cities

Tags: city, smart city, data, sustainable city
Date : 05/12/19 11:19

Author : BTA Climate KIC

Data processing is essential for the good management of cities. With the launch of the Building Market Brief Report (BMB) project in 2017 in Switzerland and then the City BMB tool on a European scale, EIT Climate-KIC and CUES Foundation & partners have the ambition to compare cities with each other using data to accelerate the energy transition. The aim is to inspire authorities showing and sharing sustainable solutions that could match in equivalent cities. Two years later, pilot projects are beginning

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[Video] Ceremony of the Green Solutions Awards 2019, Batimat - Sustainable Construction Grand Prize (7/10)

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Date : 05/12/19 10:29

Author : C21 France La redaction

Discover the award of the Sustainable Construction Grand Prize during the international ceremony of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards! An event that took place on November 4, 2019 during the Batimat exhibition. The aim of the Green Solutions Awards is to highlight sustainable buildings, districts and infrastructures. The winning projects are pioneering constructions that can be widely replicated to help to fight global warming. Mirjam Macchi Howell, member of the GABC Steering Committee and Programme

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20 minute BIM Webinar Series - starting with: Five Steps To Better BIM Management

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Date : 04/12/19 15:52

Author : Clive Jordan

Learn about how you can improve these five key steps to better BIM management!:  Creating a BIM Execution Plan Agreeing on a clear BIM scope Sequencing tasks with your team Managing BIM tasks together  Verify against your BIM requirements 

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Brigade, passive building integrated into the forest, Belgium - Green Solutions Awards 2019 winner

Tags: passive building, environment, well-being, indoor air quality, building materials, light, Green Solutions Awards, Green Solutions Awards 2019, GSA19, #GreenSolutions Awards
Date : 29/11/19 11:34

Author : C21 France La redaction

In this "Health & Comfort" category, we have, for the first time of the Green Solutions Awards history, 2 winners! Since both projects were really appreciated by the jury, one for its human approach, the other for its technical approach. With no further due, let’s present the first winner so you can understand why it was impossible to designate a single one! The Brigade project is a passive technical building for forest rangers in the Soignes forest in Belgium. It is integrated into the forest environment

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Aerem, positive energy factory, France - Green Solutions Awards 2019 winner

Tags: factory, low carbon, positive energy, heat pump, geothermal, straw, comfort, acoustics
Date : 28/11/19 11:30

Author : C21 France La redaction

The Aerem Factory is the two-time winner of the Low Carbon Prize of the Green Solutions Awards, both in France and internationally. A factory does not necessarily mean a giant carbon footprint, whether in the construction or operating phase. This is proven by this 3,800 m2 positive energy factory. Heating and cooling are generated by a geothermal heat pump. Electricity is obtained through a photovoltaic generator and waste recovery. The carbon footprint during the construction phase has been reduced

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World Energy Outlook 2019 highlights deep disparities in the global energy system

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Date : 28/11/19 11:13

Author : Build Up

Deep disparities define today’s energy world. The dissonance between well-supplied oil markets and growing geopolitical tensions and uncertainties. The gap between the ever-higher amounts of greenhouse gas emissions being produced and the insufficiency of stated policies to curb those emissions in line with international climate targets. The gap between the promise of energy for all and the lack of electricity access for 850 million people around the world.   The World Energy Outlook 2019, the

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OVERVIEW | Tools for photovoltaics in buildings

Tags: photovoltaic, renewable energies
Date : 28/11/19 11:11

Author : Build Up

Today’s energy market is rapidly transforming with the diffusion of new decentralized energy actors. In this scenario, buildings play a relevant role for the energy transition that European countries are facing. They are expected to shift from passive energy consumers to flexible energy prosumers able to produce and store energy, modify their thermal and electric demands and share data with other buildings connected in smart energy communities. We are already in this transition phase with several

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Accelerating transition: How cities and regions make a difference

Tags: low carbon, cities
Date : 28/11/19 11:09

Author : FEDARENE - Energy Agencies

Close cooperation among all levels of government and civil society is essential to achieve carbon neutrality. The success of transition depends on the ability to scale-up low-carbon solutions, and this will only be accomplished through involving sub-national authorities. What are the most effective and cost-efficient solutions for emissions reductions in cities? Is scaling up existing climate solutions enough? What kind of governance framework is needed to support transition? How can cities’ climate

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[Video] Ceremony of the Green Solutions Awards 2019, Batimat - Introduction (1/10)

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Date : 27/11/19 12:10

Author : C21 France La redaction

Introduction of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards ceremony. An event that took place on November 4, 2019 during the Batimat exhibition. The aim of the Green Solutions Awards is to highlight sustainable buildings, districts and infrastructures. The winning projects are pioneering constructions that can be widely replicated to help to fight global warming. Part 1/10 - Introduction of the ceremony Watch all videos of the ceremony Discover the 2019 international winners Contest organised with the support

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ESCAN: The project on HC system replacement campaigns starts

Tags: heating and cooling, district heating, renewable energy
Date : 26/11/19 12:14

Author : FEDARENE - Energy Agencies

With over 80 million inefficient heating & cooling (HC) systems still installed across Europe motivating consumers to replace those units with more efficient, greener alternatives will be key for a decarbonised Energy Union fuelled by renewable energy. REPLACE project aims to improve coordination in local networks to implement replacement campaigns in ten target regions by means of action plans fortified with policy and business-related improvements. Local working groups (LWGs) will connect all key

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OVERVIEW | An introduction to Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Tags: life cycle assesment, buiding, sustainable building, waste, circular economy
Date : 26/11/19 12:11

Author : Build Up

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology that has been developed to evaluate the environmental impact of buildings, with respect to their processes, their materials and use (energy) throughout the whole life cycle of a building. It is not to be confused with Life Cycle Costs which instead focuses on cost reduction, especially interesting when embarking in the design and construction of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEBs).   The objective of LCA is to evaluate the environmental impacts of a

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First European cluster accelerator programme launched in Frankfurt

Tags: cluster, innovation, sustainability, growth
Date : 26/11/19 12:07

Author : Catherine Ouvrard

How to take clusters to the next level and drive industry-minded innovation. The first edition of TheCAP, Europe’s new cluster accelerator programme, took place 14-17 October 2019 at Frankfurt’s Provadis School of International Management and Technology. TheCap introduced participants from eleven European countries to practical tools and methods to take their cluster to the next level. 20 cluster managers, practitioners and innovation ecosystem builders in the cleantech sector attended the four-day

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#16 Saharan Cities: An imperative of resilience in the face of climate change

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Date : 26/11/19 12:03

Author : Karim Selouane

Africa is considered the region most vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to the fragility of its economies and infrastructure.However, it is still difficult to assess the extent and nature of these changes in the future. The average scenario of the IPCC 2014 report indicates that between 1986/2005 and 2081/2100, temperature increases could range from 2 to 3°C over most of the continent. On the other hand, uncertainties remain about the precipitation projections[i]. The only certainty

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Just Launched: Renewables in Cities 2019 Global Status Report is now available!

Tags: REN21, renewables, cities, report, renewable energy
Date : 26/11/19 12:02

Author : Construction21 @construction21

We are pleased to announce that the Renewables in Cities 2019 Global Status Report is now available! Accounting for 55% of the world’s population, 75% of global CO2 emissions and 2/3rds of global energy demand, cities have a crucial role to play in accelerating the sustainable energy transition. While some national governments are working toward a sustainable energy system, city-level initiatives are fundamental as well, especially for transitioning local end-use sectors such as heating, cooling

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Green Buildings and Innovative Urban Planning: 38th FIABCI Global Business Summit in Ghent, Belgium

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Date : 22/11/19 10:10

Author : Narek Arakelyan

Every year, FIABCI organises a cycle of global meetings. Among them is the Global Business Summit. Its 38th edition will take place from 4th to 7th December, 2019, in Ghent (Belgium). Construction21, as a partner of the event, will recommend experts from its community.   Discover the programme: 4th of December / Day 0:  8:30am-6pm > Arrival/ Registration 9am-4pm > "IESC Board Meeting" © 9am-5:30pm > "EDGE Expert Training" ($) 1pm-2pm > "FIABCI Board of Directors Lunch" © 2pm-5pm > "FIABCI Board

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University of Environment, an almost autonomous vegetal building, Mexico - Green Solutions Awards 2019 winner

Tags: vegetation, natural ventilation, insulation, compressed earth, wood, rainwater harvesting, solar water heating, Green Solutions Awards, Green Solutions Awards 2019, GSA19, #GreenSolutions Awards
Date : 21/11/19 11:45

Author : C21 France La redaction

The University of Environment, after winning the Energy & Hot Climates Award of the International platform, qualified in this category for the final... and won! A minimal carbon footprint was the main objective behind the construction of this building. To achieve this, stakeholders drew inspiration from traditional constructions and uses of buildings in the region, while providing innovative solutions. This complex of buildings has thus been conceived to allow the university’s courses to be held

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A global 'toilet revolution' is underway – but it's polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

Tags: pollution, water, toilets
Date : 21/11/19 11:19

Author : La rédaction C21

Photo: Shanghai from above (left) and on the ground (right) – a public toilet in a market hall. Deljana Iossifova, Author provided Don’t take toilets for granted. Their connection to a managed sewage disposal system protects you from diseases and infections that can stunt your growth, harm your nutrition and even kill you. For some 670 million people, this basic service is not provided. In rapidly growing cities in low and middle income countries, expensive serviced residential areas stand alongside

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International winners GSA 2019