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For the first time “Buildings Day” is to be held on 3rd December 2015 as part of the official program at this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris. It’s a dedicated event to present how the building and construction sector is able to tackle climate change.
Innovation in the construction industry will play an important role in reducing emissions and improving energy efficiency — though developing new materials and methods is only half the battle. Convincing architects and homeowners of the performance and long-term financial benefits of a new product presents a significant challenge.
An innovative façade, able to turn solar energy into heat for residents’ use, will be installed next year in a building in Merida, Spain. The complex insulation system has passed all the tests and will prove its capabilities in real-life conditions
Currently a niche in construction, their high potential benefits in terms of energy saving and overall cost to the environment give them significant appeal for the future
Passive technologies can maximise primary energy reduction and economic investment in existing buildings
Retrofitting a district is quite different from retrofitting a single building: the technological challenges involved are far greater.
Monitoring so-called key performance indicators enables engineers to evaluate whether a newly erect building is as energy efficient as originally planned.
Boecillo in the province of Valladolid in Spain is a place exposed to an extreme temperature fluctuation: from above 30°C in summer down to below 0°C in winter.
A holistic approach is necessary to successfully plan and construct energy efficient buildings. But implementing best practices elsewhere is not a straightforward task.
The town council of Valladolid , Spain, is renovating its heritage buildings to achieve near-zero energy districts, while involving all stakeholders.
To retrofit residential buildings in Europe, there is a growing need for modular solutions that can be applied to the diversity of European climates
The Bricker project aims at significantly boosting the energy efficiency of working buildings by combining passive and active technologies
A new project explores a new path to reduce energy consumption by combining latest sustainable building technologies in public buildings
A show case performed in Liege, Belgium, demonstrates how to turn a high school into an energy efficient and comfortable learning environment
How the collaborative decision making process and design matters in developing low-energy buildings
Energy generation and management technologies are both essential to optimise energy efficiency when designing new buildings
A hospital in Aydin, Turkey, will serve as a test case to demonstrate that it is possible to reduce its energy consumption by 50%, and decrease greenhouse gas emissions, with retrofitting solutions
Innovative retrofitting solutions offer flexibility for architectural freedom combined with energy efficiency
New technologies and energy management could soon lead to sustainable cities.
Users' perspectives play a key role in low-energy building. Experts agree that the feedback from people living in energy efficient buildings could help to optimise their overall usability.