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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.
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
Certifications for sustainable construction materials and buildings are amply available. But to what extent is the market ready to invest in them?
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
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
Bundling green measures into general renovations could be key to improving efficiency in Europe’s existing residential building stock
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
From thermally activated technologies to personalised microclimates, researchers look for new ways to save energy and increase comfort in public buildings
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
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.
A holistic approach is necessary to successfully plan and construct energy efficient buildings. But implementing best practices elsewhere is not a straightforward task.
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.
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