Energy
Buildings producing their own energy prepared for tomorrow’s cities
Buildings producing their own energy prepared for tomorrow’s cities The worldwide energy consumption of buildings is expected to grow by 45% from 2002 to 2025, according to the SMART 2020 study carried out by the international NGO The Climate Group.
The way to more efficient, quieter wind turbines
The way to more efficient, quieter wind turbines It may sound strange to anyone who lives in the vicinity of one or more wind turbines, but wind currently represents just  4.5-5% of the renewable energy supply in the world.
Wind turbines: new device to reduce noise and increase efficiency
Wind turbines: new device to reduce noise and increase efficiency Noise pollution is one of the main public concerns associated with operating wind turbines. To tackle this problem, technicians at a Spanish windfarm near Burgos are assembling a new device on the blades.
Going Green: Nottingham's hi-tech transport becomes EU model
Going Green: Nottingham's hi-tech transport becomes EU model Nottingham is famous for the legend of Robin Hood and lace-making. But it’s also helping to revolutionise how we get around.
Social acceptance in new smart energy districts: a lesson from Spain
Social acceptance in new smart energy districts: a lesson from Spain Torrelago is one of the largest residential districts in Europe. Located in the Spanish city Laguna de Duero , near Valladolid , it consists of  31 blocks of flats with more than 4,000 residents. ...
Bio-based insulation materials: the construction industry's best kept secret?
Bio-based insulation materials: the construction industry's best kept secret? Good news for those planning to build a new home: novel insulation materials based on plant waste , such as straw, clay and grasses could offer 20% better insulation than traditional materials.
Clean and affordable: the wind energy challenge
Clean and affordable: the wind energy challenge On 22 April , it is world Earth Day . The idea is to raise awareness of the need to rely on renewable energy. The EU requires its member states to provide a a 27% share of renewable energies by 2030—up from a 23.
A green revolution in the heart of Spain
A green revolution in the heart of Spain Experts believe that by 2030 more than 6 billion people will live in urban areas , which means 7 0% of global population . It is about time that cities make their buildings smarter : more efficient, green and livable.
Virtual models to make cities greener
Virtual models to make cities greener Making a city or district energy smart is, first and foremost, an exercise in good planning . However, such green planning tools are still in their infancy. The trouble is that every city is different, every district unique.
Matteo D’Antoni – In-depth analysis required prior to retrofitting old buildings
Matteo D’Antoni – In-depth analysis required prior to retrofitting old buildings Innovative technologies can be used to retrofit old buildings as a means to save energy. This is precisely what the Bricker project is aiming to achieve.
Luigi Crema – how to make solar energy systems more widespread
Luigi Crema – how to make solar energy systems more widespread Retrofitting existing buildings with adequate cutting-edge technologies is thought to guarantees spectacular energy savings, by about 50%. The objective of the EU funded project BRICKER is precisely to demonstrate such possibility.
District heating: Sweden is leading the way out of fossil fuels
District heating: Sweden is leading the way out of fossil fuels Nordic countries have achieved a great independence from fossils because of their widespread district heating systems. District heating is a smart way to avoid using fossil fuels to heat buildings .
Cities join forces to retrofit districts
Cities join forces to retrofit districts Cities have started to join forces to become more energy efficient . This trends stems from the findings of the first climate assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), published in 1990, which was quite alarming.
Transparency and residents’ involvement make retrofitting work
Transparency and residents’ involvement make retrofitting work One of the  biggest challenges of retrofitting projects  is to make them attractive to residents. Now, one of them, the EU-funded project R2CITIES,  is analysing the initial first feedback received from residents  of the  Cuatro de Marzo  district.
A Smart Building to save Energy
A Smart Building to save Energy These weather conditions are a challenge to construct a smart building that can save energy throughout the year.
Learning from new very low energy buildings
Learning from new very low energy buildings To tackle climate change, new buildings are required to consume as little energy as possible . That’s because, in Europe, buildings are responsible for about 40% of our energy consumption.
Retrofitting: all stakeholders involved upfront
Retrofitting: all stakeholders involved upfront Cuatro de Marzo is a district in the southern part of the Spanish city of Valladolid. It is a dense residential area with 190 privately-owned dwellings, developed in 1955.
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 In a strategic plan for the municipality, the town council of Valladolid , in Spain, has given top priority to the renovation of its heritage buildings to achieve nearly zero energy districts.
Christel Jimenez - MeeFS aims for a retrofitting solution as universal as possible
Christel Jimenez - MeeFS aims for a retrofitting solution as universal as possible Retroffiting older buildings has become an industry in its own right in Europe. To compete, various players need to innovate.
Building makeover project – retrofitting to boost energy efficiency
Building makeover project – retrofitting to boost energy efficiency There is nothing like the real world to reveal a project’s true worth. This is why a project called BRICKER will test its mettle out by retrofitting public buildings situated in three different countries in three different climatic zones .
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