Ecobuildings
Challenging energy renovation of buildings Challenging energy renovation of buildings

To make new energy efficient buildings or to renovate the existing stock? That is the question. Experts from the construction sector, gathered in Rome, discussed solutions to make the second option worthwhile and cheaper

October 2017
Earthquakes, buildings and green energy: Turkey’s balancing act Earthquakes, buildings and green energy: Turkey’s balancing act

While Turkey is well known as a hot and sunny holiday destination, it also faces low temperatures, which means it has both substantial heating and cooling needs for its building stock. The country also lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and energy efficiency measures need to be earthquake resistant

October 2017
What about GMOs in our homes? What about GMOs in our homes?

Adopting biobased materials in home building can slash construction costs, but is Europe ready to put aside its fears about GM products?

October 2017
Green living: encouraging investors to go retro Green living: encouraging investors to go retro

Making our homes greener and more energy efficient is crucial if Europe is to realise its environmental targets and ambitions. But securing financial fuel to retrofit existing properties is tough, with investors often wanting to inject their cash into projects that deliver relatively quick returns

April 2017
Smart buildings: energy efficiency at what price? Smart buildings: energy efficiency at what price?

Automating heating and other environmental controls can bring huge savings to commercial buildings. To what extent is it possible to achieve the same results in residential homes? What is the difference between so called domotics and inmotics?

February 2017
Fitting hot and cold climates into the “envelope” Fitting hot and cold climates into the “envelope”

The “energy eater” European building stock is aiming for a greener future. Researchers are testing an “envelope” system combining active and passive technologies, fitted over the existing façade, to make buildings more efficient. But will it work efficiently under different temperatures, both in northern and southern Europe?

January 2017
Thermally efficient social housing for young adults Thermally efficient social housing for young adults

When young people move out of supported accommodation the leap to independent living can be tough. A new project in the north west of England is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into managed accommodation for young adults, while also improving its thermal efficiency

January 2017
A raincoat for our houses A raincoat for our houses

From the use of Gore-Tex-like waterproof fabrics to the development of “breathable” bio-based materials, the construction industry is chasing breakthrough solutions to insulate buildings and keep living areas free from damp and mould

December 2016
Homes storing CO2, just like trees Homes storing CO2, just like trees

Houses built with bio-based materials, such as timber, straw and hemp, act as CO2 banks. Experts explain how citizens can become custodians of atmospheric carbon dioxide and thus help reduce air pollution

November 2016
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
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