Testing fuel-cell buses

Tags: city transport, electro-chemical cells, charging points, smart city, energy production and consumption, intelligent lighting
Date : 27/02/20 11:08

Author : Angelique Lusuan

The Finnish town of Kerava is one of the few European cities that will use electric buses powered by electro-chemical cells combining hydrogen and oxygen   Fuel-cell buses are an interesting solution for public transport because they produce no carbon or particulate emissions and thus reduce their impact on the environment. The vehicles generate electricity from hydrogen, stored in high pressure tanks, combined with oxygen from the air. This chemical reaction in the cells leaves only water and heat

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MIPIM / WBEF Sustainability Forum - Resilient & liveable cities, a RICS conference

Tags: MIPIM 2020, RICS, sustainability forum, WBEF, resilient, cities, liveable
Date : 27/02/20 11:02

Author : Laura Lindberg

Urbanisation is at a turning point as technology opens new possibilities, growing populations need sustainable and resilient communities in which to thrive, and world leaders set ambitious climate goals. These driving forces create opportunities for the built environment professions to respond with innovative approaches to delivering the cities of the future. Decarbonising this sector means switching to renewable energy sources, improving building design and investing in resilient infrastructure

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Renaturing cities: good for health and the economy

Tags: nature-based solutions, renaturing cities, climate change, air pollution, grass insulated roofs, green city, nature back to the city, urban greening, cities cold, clean air, urban NBS, NBS industry, nature-oriented, green infrastructure
Date : 27/02/20 10:59

Author : Angelique Lusuan

Nature has historically been a ‘blind spot’ for urban planners. Spatial analyst Thami Croeser reveals how many cities are bringing it back into their spaces, with innovative nature-based solutions to tackle the effects of climate change and air pollution   Would you enjoy a city full of parks, where streets were tree-lined, where cycling and walking were pleasant, a city with grass-insulated roofs on houses and public buildings to keep you warm in winter? According to a Eurobarometer study, there

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Geocluster strategic network to broaden the application range of 4RinEU deep renovation solutions

Tags: buildings, envelope, energy efficiency, deep renovation,
Date : 27/02/20 10:53

Author : Institute for Renewable Energy Eurac Research

The scope of the Geocluster strategic network is to investigate the potential application of 4RinEU deep renovation approach in three different EU contexts (Poland, Hungary and Ireland).   In each country, an Early Adopter team made of local experts and stakeholders involved in the deep renovation process will draft a feasibility study on a sample building with the support of 4RinEU project partners.   In view to support the Early Adopters in the outlining and implementation of the feasibility study

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A geospace odyssey

Tags: building, WBEF, geospace, data, mapping, city, RICS
Date : 27/02/20 10:52

Author : Laura Lindberg

There is a vast amount of data generated across the built and natural environments – data which has massive potential to have a positive impact on our cities and societies. To some extent this potential is already being realised, but improved data visualisation, integration and interoperability can further unlock opportunities to solve challenges that towns and cities face. According to Ian McGuinness, Partner and Head of Geospatial at Knight Frank: "Mapping data, digital data, and geospatial

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Belgian Pavilion at Mipim

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Date : 26/02/20 15:04

Author : Michel Heukmes

Be part of the Belgian Pavilion Be part of the Belgian Real Estate Community gathered on the Belgian Pavilion, a collaboration of Brussels & Wallonia Regions, with the support of real estate professionals from Brussels, Flanders & Wallonia. Discover the objectives of our unified presence as well as the many activities and events which will take place at the Palais des Festivals.   More information, projects & agenda

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European City Facility has been officially launched!

Tags: european city, facility, investment
Date : 25/02/20 12:26

Author : FEDARENE - Energy Agencies

Covenant of Mayors Investment Forum ended its second day on 19 March on a high note as a record of more than 600 participants awaited the launch of the EU City Facility (EUCF). The EUCF will support local authorities and groupings of local authorities in developing relevant investment concepts. The facility, armed with a €60,000 grant and technical support via capacity-building activities, will empower local authorities to transform the energy and climate ambitious plans into real investments. The

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WOMEN FOR SUSTAINABLE ENERGY – Strategies to foster women’s talent for transformational change

Tags: women, gender, sustainable
Date : 25/02/20 10:55

Author : FEDARENE - Energy Agencies

On the 20 February 2020, in Vienna (Austria), the Global Women’s Network for the Energy Transition (GWNET) launched the study “Women for Sustainable Energy: Strategies to Foster Women’s Talent for Transformational Change.” This study was commissioned to answer the question ‘What can we do to increase women’s employment in the sustainable energy sector?’ and examines: how well women are currently integrated into the corporate sustainable energy sector; which obstacles women encounter; and what recommendat

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Webinar – “Ventilative Cooling – design and examples”

Tags: ventilative cooling, energy, energy efficiency
Date : 25/02/20 10:48

Author : Build Up

The current development in building energy efficiency towards nZEB buildings represents a number of new challenges to design and construction. One of these major challenges is the increased need for cooling in these highly insulated and airtight buildings, which is not only present in the summer period but also in the shoulder seasons and in offices even in midwinter. Ventilative cooling can be an energy efficient solution to address this cooling challenge in buildings. This webinar presents the

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Billions are pouring into mobility technology – will the transport revolution live up to the hype?

Tags: mobility technology, transport
Date : 25/02/20 10:00

Author : The Conversation Global Perspectives

Over the past decade almost US$200 billion has been invested globally in mobility technology that promises to improve our ability to get around. More than US$33 billion was invested last year alone. Another measure of interest in this area is the number of unicorns, which has doubled in the past two years. A unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at US$1 billion or more. In early 2018 there were 22 travel and mobility unicorns. By last month the number had grown to 44. Read more: The

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What if Germany wasn’t shutting down Nuclear? Modelling Coal, Gas, Renewables, emissions, prices

Tags: Germany, energy, nuclear
Date : 25/02/20 10:00

Author : La rédaction C21

Germany plans to shut down its entire nuclear fleet by 2022. Right now, of the original 17, only 7 are still running. The Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan of 2011 was the trigger for Germany’s abandonment of emissions-free nuclear as part of its clean energy goals. Maximilian Auffhammer at the Energy Institute at Haas reviews a paper by his colleagues that has modelled the whole-system effects of the shutdowns, then compared the results with a no-shutdown model. It’s been done plant by plant to

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7 Merits Associated With Sustainable Construction

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Date : 20/02/20 11:34

Author : Laura Graham

Sustainable construction focuses on creating structures that are built and operate efficiently. Sustainable construction is needed to reserve the limited amount of resources we have on earth. It becomes more imperative to produce sustainable construction solutions, as the population continues to grow. Preserving the planet is the most important benefit of sustainable construction, but there are also other benefits like building cost reduction and increased worker productivity. Below mentioned is

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Multi-Unit Developments: An Insight

Tags: multi-unit building
Date : 20/02/20 11:20

Author : Daniel Clark

The phenomenon of developing more than one dwelling on a single lot is called a multi-development property project. In this aspect, there is more one house, unit or even townhouse. The multi-unit development is considered a successful and more sought arrangement, keeping in mind the rising population, and with precise research, strategic planning- it can be considered as a highly profitable investment project.  The multi-unit development is highly subjected to the authorities of the local council

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RE4 project: WEBINAR 3 - How to build a fully recycled house

Tags: circular economy, buildings, recycling, housing
Date : 20/02/20 10:51

Author : Build Up

Build a fully recycled house? Yes, you can with RE4 prefabricated building elements incorporating up to 100% of construction demolition waste! RE4 is a H2020 project which after 4 years has developed and tested on three demo sites in Europe and one demo in Taiwan, an energy efficient prefabricated elements for building refurbishment and construction, including an innovative mobile robotic sorting system. Now the project is at its end and would like to share the outcomes during the four consecutive

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OVERVIEW | Insulating historic buildings: approaches and materials

Tags: renovation, energy efficiency
Date : 20/02/20 10:42

Author : Build Up

Historic buildings constitute a considerable share of the European building stock. About 35% of the EU's buildings are over 50 years old, with 26.4% dating from before 1945 [1]. Improving the energy performance of historic buildings (i.e. buildings built before 1945) improves the internal comfort conditions while reducing the energy demand and therefore reduces the risk of fuel poverty. Providing users with current comfort standards is a crucial requirement to ensure the continued use of historic

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One step closer to making sustainable and smart cities

Tags: retrofitting techniques, planning policies, smart cities, smart urban intervention, sustainable city, energy efficient system
Date : 20/02/20 10:24

Author : Angelique Lusuan

The STARDUST project supported the 2019 edition of the Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions Conference in Bolzano. During the event, STARDUST partners from Eurac Research gave two presentations on the STARDUST smart urban interventions being implemented in Trento The third edition of the 2019 Smart and Sustainable Planning for Cities and Regions Conference (SSPCR2019) took place from the 9th to the 13th of December 2019 at the NOI Techpark in Bolzano (Italy). The event was organised

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Silver Travertine Tiles Are Popular, But What Makes It So?

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Date : 20/02/20 08:18

Author : Daniel Clark

Travertine is a type of limestone which is formed as a result of the natural mineral deposits from springs. This is a sedimentary stone that consists of calcium carbonate, also known as calcite. Travertine tiles have unique characteristics which are mainly due to the mixing of other minerals along with calcite.  It is one of the most versatile products since it has many different types of finishes. Some of the other natural stones include Marble, Granite, Onyx, Slate, Limestone, etc. However, there

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When clean energy becomes a reality

Tags: clean energy, renewable energy, solar roof, photovoltaics, BIPV - Building-integrated photovoltaics
Date : 18/02/20 15:49

Author : Angelique Lusuan

The Pamplona City Council has recently installed the prototype Plug&Play solar roof on the Municipal Police building to provide energy for self-consumption.   The Pamplona City Council has recently installed a Plug&Play solar roof on the building of the Municipal Police. This is one of the first smart solutions developed within the EU-funded project STARDUST to be implemented in the city. This innovative roof is a complete modular, insulated wooden deck with high quality and high energy performance

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Engineered Wood Takes the Carbon Out of the Construction

Tags: engineered wood, carbon, construction, energy efficiency
Date : 18/02/20 14:28

Author : Jaydutt Tailor

Humans have been trying to realize the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change of net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphereby maintaining global warming below 2° Celsius and capping it at 1.5 C. To date, the efforts have been centered mainly on de-carbonizing the two economic sectors- electric power and transportation as they are responsible for the most emissions.  Efforts have also been made to do away with carbon from the atmosphere and store it through

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The Importance Of Insurance While Signing The Contract With A Builder For Your Next Project

Tags: insurance, builder
Date : 18/02/20 13:14

Author : Daniel Clark

Many of us are familiar with the term ‘risk insurance of the builder’ and if one has heard this term for the time time, you are reading the right article, especially if one is trying to browse custom builders in Melbourne. It is a type of insurance made for land or property and permits to covers the construction prone area; where it is about to happen or will happen in the near future. It helps to cover the major aspects like land and the materials that will be used for the construction. It is the

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