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

Tags: FIABCI, Global Business Summit, real estate, green building, urban planning
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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Building energy epidemiology as a tool to support European building energy performance improvement

Tags: energy performance
Date : 21/11/19 11:15

Author : Build Up

Ian Hamilton is an Associate Professor at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London, UK. Ian’s research is focused on the nexus between energy supply-demand in buildings, indoor and urban environmental conditions, and health and climate change. Ian is the Principle Investigator for the IEA’s ‘Annex 70: Building energy epidemiology’ on energy and building stock data and modelling, drawing together researchers from 25 institutions across 12 countries. Ian is a co-investigator on the UK’s

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EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) 2020!

Tags: sustainable energy, renewable energy
Date : 21/11/19 11:12

Author : FEDARENE - Energy Agencies

The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will be back for its 15th edition on 23-24-25 June 2020! The EUSEW is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. It is the largest event on sustainable energy in Europe.  The next edition of the event will be divided into four main pillars: Policy

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Webinar: Are we ready for BIM in construction sites?

Tags: BIM, construction, digital, innovation, sustainability
Date : 19/11/19 13:50

Author : Build Up

The digitalisation of the design and construction process of the European built environment is remodelling the way of work inside the whole value chain. The adaptation to this new work environment is a challenge to be faced by all stakeholders across the construction chain, affecting professionals such as architects and engineers, as well as contractors and construction workers. BIM could be regarded as the driving force of this transformation. At the moment, eight European member states (Austria

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3 ways cities can prepare for climate emergencies

Tags: resilience, city, risk, adaptation
Date : 19/11/19 13:49

Author : La rédaction C21

Cities are on the front line of climate change. While their footprints cover a mere two per cent of the Earth’s surface, they consume 78 per cent of global energy and account for over 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions. More than 80 per cent of Canadians reside in urban areas and this trend is accelerating. Critically, a recent study found that most Canadian cities are ill-prepared to manage the impacts of climate change. Canadians are increasingly standing up against the devastating impacts

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Europe’s construction sector ready for 2020

Tags: RICS, europe, construction, innovation, 2050, low carbon
Date : 19/11/19 11:02

Author : Laura Lindberg

The European commission is talking with key industry stakeholders to build on the Construction 2020 action plan designed some years ago to build a new vision for the future EU built environment, a vision for 2050. The aim is to implement a new strategy for the sustainable competitiveness of the construction sector and its enterprises. RICS' contribution to this vision will be crucial as the main focus of the EC action plan is to bring innovation to the sector, build up skills and qualification of

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Mijnwater, heating and cooling grid, Netherlands - Green Solutions Awards 2019 Winner

Tags: heating grid, heating, geothermal heating, 5GDHC, heat pump, Green Solutions Awards, #GreenSolutions Awards, Green Solutions Awards 2019, GSA 2019
Date : 18/11/19 11:30

Author : C21 France La redaction

Thanks to its first place for the Sustainable Infrastructure Grand Prize of the international platform, the Mijnwater project qualified for the final... and also won the Grand Prize at the international level! The heating and cooling developed and operated by Mijnwtaer B.V is probably the most innovative district heating grid in Europe. It uses a resource that remained untouched until the municipality of Heerlen conducted a study in 2005 into the possibility of using water from the ancient mines

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Dutch consortium wins Green Solutions Award 2019 for apartment building

Tags: net zero energy
Date : 18/11/19 11:04

Author : Marieke Buijs

The consortium Nieuw Utrechts Peil has won the prize for best Dutch retrofit project.  The winning Flat for the Future is a social housing net zero-energy apartment building in Utrecht. It is one of the first of its kind in the Netherlands. Green Solutions Award The Green Solutions Award is off course organised by this platform, Construction21 to showcase innovative buildings, districts and infrastructures from across the world that contribute towards achieving the climate goals. A total of 37 countries

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Seven European cities pilot solutions to be more circular on construction and demolition, and organic waste

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Date : 14/11/19 11:37

Author : Meritxell Díaz Santos

Høje-Taastrup and Roskilde (Denmark), Mikkeli (Finland), Apeldoorn (the Netherlands), Bodø (Norway), Porto (Portugal) and Seville (Spain) are the seven European cities that will pilot a series of demonstration actions on construction and demolition waste (CDW) and organic waste (OW) with the aim of achieving material circularity. Over 30 new tools and processes will be tested as part of CityLoops, an EU-funded project with 28 partners involved, that has just kicked-off and will run until September

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Autonomous House B, semi-underground individual housing, Morocco - Green Solutions Awards 2019 Winner

Tags: single house, hot climate, Green Solutions Awards, #GreenSolutions Awards, Green Solutions Awards 2019, GSA 2019, semi-underground house, ventilation
Date : 14/11/19 11:30

Author : C21 France La redaction

Winner of the Low Carbon Prize and the Sustainable Construction Grand Prize in Morocco, Autonomous House B also won the Sustainable Construction Grand Prize at the international level!  This house is a good example of an autonomous building in a warm climate. As a semi-underground house, it benefits from the thermal inertia of soil surrounding it. The solar protection of the facade and the natural ventilation make the regulation of the sun’s thermal input possible according to the seasons and times

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Making Green Building Financing Mainstream

Tags: finance, sustainable finance
Date : 14/11/19 11:16

Author : Build Up

Join the webinar on 26. November 2019   Buildings and construction account for 40% of the world’s GHG emissions. Green buildings represent one of the most significant investment opportunities that contributes to mitigating climate change. Certifying a building as green will provide your clients with a competitive advantage – saving costs and increasing the value of their assets. This webinar will help you understand how GCPF, Thinkstep and SGS could support your institution in assessing and reporting

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Summary and presentations of the German CoNZEBs Event available

Tags: NZEB
Date : 14/11/19 11:14

Author : Build Up

On 13 June 2019 the national German CoNZEBs event was held in Saalbau Gutleut in Frankfurt. More than 110 practitioners and decision makers attended the event organised as a mix of presentations of nearly zero-energy buildings and beyond case studies and measures to reduce the construction costs. The CoNZEBs project and its outcomes, such as cost saving alternative solution sets to achieve the NZEB standard and their life-cycle assessment, were presented in detail and mirrored with the experiences

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Suburban change is transforming city life around the world

Tags: city, suburban
Date : 14/11/19 11:11

Author : La rédaction C21

An article by Roger Keil, We are living on a suburban planet. While the majority of humans around the world now call some form of urban habitat their home, most of us live, work and play in environments that would not usually be recognized as the traditional city. Instead, we find ourselves at the edge of town. This has consequences both for the way we live and govern ourselves, how we plan and build housing and infrastructure and how we write the history, geography and theory of urban life. Roger

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'Delivering net zero carbon buildings for all' - BUILD UPON European Leaders’ Summit

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Date : 14/11/19 10:00

Author : Margaux Barrett

The recent UN Climate Action Summit made it clear - net zero carbon emissions by 2050 is the only goal that counts. For Europe, delivering a new Green Deal for its citizens will mean cities and companies putting net zero carbon buildings and massive building renovation programmes at the heart of their climate action plans. In response the partners of the BUILD UPON2 project - the European Green Building Council network, Buildings Performance Institute Europe and Climate Alliance - are convening

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Greenpeace Spain Headquarters, exemplary renovation, Spain - Green Solutions Awards 2019 Winner

Tags: renovation, comfort, indoor air quality, wind turbine, office building, Green Solutions Awards, #GreenSolutions Awards, Green Solutions Awards 2019, GSA 2019
Date : 12/11/19 12:30

Author : C21 France La redaction

A widely titled Spanish winner (Low Carbon Prize, Energy & Hot Climates Prize, Sustainable Renovation Grand Prize and Users' Choice Prize), Greenpeace Spain Headquarters, qualified for the final, also won the Sustainable Renovation Grand Prize of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards at the international level.  For its headquarters, Greenpeace Spain was looking for a building corresponding to the values defended by the NGO. It was therefore essential to work on the materials used, energy efficiency, but

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BEE2Energy : monitoring and control of energy consumptions for smart cities and the industry

Tags: startup, startup stories, Bee2Energy, monitoring, energy consumption, InnoEnergy, smart cities
Date : 12/11/19 12:02

Author : Pauline Vettier

Collecting information on the energy consumption of equipments is a first step towards improving the performance of our buildings, but it is also essential to organise and process them. This is what the Bee2Energy application offers. The solution is conceived to manage, monitor and control the consumption of energy, water, gas and oxygen in a group of buildings. Construction21 has met Vasco Correia, who has been in charge of international development for two years What is Bee2 Energy? V.Correia:

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CoNZEBs report: Life-cycle assessment of multi-family houses with different energy performance levels

Tags: NZEB, net-zero energy buildings, buildings, low carbon, energy efficiency, Horizon2020
Date : 12/11/19 11:53

Author : Build Up

The team of the EU Horizon 2020 project CoNZEBs has completed a follow-up activity to the identification of potential technical solution sets that could reduce investment costs for NZEBs. The scientific partners have carried out life-cycle cost (LCC) and life-cycle environmental impact analyses (LCA) of the identified technical solution sets to reach NZEB and beyond NZEB levels for new multi-family buildings in the four European countries (Denmark, Germany, Slovenia and Italy). The overall results

Source : CoNZEBs report: Life-cycle assessment of multi-family houses with different energy performance levels

Four visions for the future of public transport

Tags: transport, mobility, city, sustainability, micromobility
Date : 12/11/19 11:50

Author : La rédaction C21

The way people get around is starting to change, and as a professor of transport strategy I do rather wonder if the modes of transport we use today will still be around by the turn of the next century. Growing up, my favourite book was a children’s encyclopaedia first published in 1953. One double page spread featured an annotated cityscape, showing all aspects of the built environment – most of which we would still be familiar with now. The various modes of transport illustrated – trains, buses

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International winners GSA 2019