Ecobuildings
Going sustainable to rejuvenate the suburbs Going sustainable to rejuvenate the suburbs

Peripheral areas often face poverty, crime, waste, pollution and decay. A new trend, however, considers suburbs the best places to develop green initiatives and energy efficiency interventions. Now a social housing building in Zaragoza, Spain, is piloting the regeneration of a suburb

August 2016
Saving a Monster: Retrofitting of Social Housing Saving a Monster: Retrofitting of Social Housing

In Genoa, Italy, there are tenants who only pay as little as €50 in rent for a small apartment in a social housing estate, but this is only part of the story.

July 2016
Saving energy through a user-friendly experience Saving energy through a user-friendly experience

The ingredients of good user experience of highly energy efficient buildings: a pinch of empowerment and a sprinkling of knowledge about the building’s features

June 2016
Green buildings: is the market ready to pay more for them? Green buildings: is the market ready to pay more for them?

Certifications for sustainable construction materials and buildings are amply available. But to what extent is the market ready to invest in them?

May 2016
Can sustainable office buildings increase workers’ productivity? Can sustainable office buildings increase workers’ productivity?

Green buildings can both protect the environment and benefit the people using them. But to do so, users should be involved in the planning from the very beginning

February 2016
COP 21 wave - Towards a new era in the green construction sector COP 21 wave - Towards a new era in the green construction sector

The impacts of the Paris Agreement on green business environment: The role of the private and public sectors, the effects in terms of legislative & legal frameworks and possible benefits for novel construction materials

February 2016
Energy efficient renovations. Understanding how homeowners make decisions Energy efficient renovations. Understanding how homeowners make decisions

Bundling green measures into general renovations could be key to improving efficiency in Europe’s existing residential building stock

January 2016
Building retrofits critical to Europe’s low-carbon pathway Building retrofits critical to Europe’s low-carbon pathway

New near zero energy buildings are increasingly springing up around Europe, though their impact on reducing the region’s energy consumption will remain a drop in the ocean without a drive to take new technologies to existing building stock

December 2015
When public buildings get smart: new technologies and tailor-made solutions for users When public buildings get smart: new technologies and tailor-made solutions for users

From thermally activated technologies to personalised microclimates, researchers look for new ways to save energy and increase comfort in public buildings

December 2015
Italy: the energy efficiency way of the washing-machine shaped dwellings in Genoa Italy: the energy efficiency way of the washing-machine shaped dwellings in Genoa

A social housing district with poor insulation, a municipality that is meeting a long-standing demand by residents while transforming the area into a model for eco-sustainability

November 2015
Efficient Buildings Key to Reduce Climate Change Efficient Buildings Key to Reduce Climate Change

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. 

November 2015
Low carbon materials to capture the imagination of homebuilders and owners Low carbon materials to capture the imagination of homebuilders and owners

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. 

November 2015
Buildings producing their own energy prepared for tomorrow’s cities Buildings producing their own energy prepared for tomorrow’s cities

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

November 2015
Bio-based insulation materials: the construction industry's best kept secret? Bio-based insulation materials: the construction industry's best kept secret?

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

May 2015
Matteo D’Antoni – In-depth analysis required prior to retrofitting old buildings Matteo D’Antoni – In-depth analysis required prior to retrofitting old buildings

Passive technologies can maximise primary energy reduction and economic investment in existing buildings

January 2015
Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting

Retrofitting a district is quite different from retrofitting a single building: the technological challenges involved are far greater.

December 2014
Assessing the performance of energy efficient buildings Assessing the performance of energy efficient buildings

Monitoring so-called key performance indicators enables engineers to evaluate whether a newly erect building is as energy efficient as originally planned. 

December 2014
Learning from new very low energy buildings Learning from new very low energy buildings

A holistic approach is necessary to successfully plan and construct energy efficient buildings. But implementing best practices elsewhere is not a straightforward task.

December 2014
A Smart Building to save Energy A Smart Building to save Energy

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. 

December 2014
César Alonso: third parties play a key role to making buildings energy efficient César Alonso: third parties play a key role to making buildings energy efficient

The town council of Valladolid , Spain, is renovating its heritage buildings to achieve near-zero energy districts, while involving all stakeholders.

October 2014
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