Energy
Andre Geim: graphene is only the beginning
Andre Geim: graphene is only the beginning Andre Konstantin Geim is the only person who ever received both a Nobel and an Ig Nobel . He was born in 1958 in Russia, and is a Dutch-British physicist with German, Polish, Jewish and Ukrainian roots.
Buildings rising from the ashes
Buildings rising from the ashes Urban mining is increasingly being taken seriously by industry because it gives access to materials—such as expensive metals used in electronics—that are buried in waste tips and landfills.
Michael Krause: Reconciling energy efficiency and comfort
Michael Krause: Reconciling energy efficiency and comfort The NuOffice in Munich is an office building and one of the showcases of the EU-funded project DIRECTION . The first building phase was completed in 2012, the second and third will be completed in 2014 and 2015.
Most Sustainable Office in the World
Most Sustainable Office in the World Much effort has been put into its planning and construction to reach this high-level of sustainability, which makes it the most sustainable newly erected office building worldwide , according to LEEDS standards.
Jose Luís Alfranca: Harnessing diverse climate and weather conditions
Jose Luís Alfranca: Harnessing diverse climate and weather conditions To make a building sustainable, taking into account its climatic conditions is key. No better examples than the three showcase buildings under the EU funded  DIRECTION project.
Turning a building green is a question of control
Turning a building green is a question of control Sustainable buildings partly depend on control strategies to be energy efficient.
Carlos Bárcena: integration of energy efficiency throughout industrial buildings’ life
Carlos Bárcena: integration of energy efficiency throughout industrial buildings’ life Carlos Bárcena, head of R&D Projects at the Spanish construction Company  DRAGADOS .
User awareness key to effective energy monitoring
User awareness key to effective energy monitoring Energy efficiency has become a key objective in the current context of increasing energy demand, decreasing resources and global warming. Key to efficient energy savings, however, are users' awareness and behaviour.
Sustainability in the brewery
Sustainability in the brewery Making food and drink production for more than 500 million people more eco-friendly is a key policy in Europe. About 99% of all agro-food companies in the European Union are small and medium size enterprises (SME).
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity
Biogas from animal waste in need of maturity Livestock produces a lot of waste. One solution is to turn such agricultural waste into biogas to generate energy .  It requires using so-called anaerobic digestion, which consists in breaking down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.
Turning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materials
Turning tyres into gas for energy and new, valuable materials Europe's tyre waste production is 3 million tonnes per year. Currently 65% to 70% of used tyres end up in landfills. Not only are they causing environmental damage, but a loss of added value in the form of new products that recycling can generate .
When energy-saving becomes a game
When energy-saving becomes a game Householders do not always know how much energy they consume. To help improve their awareness, the EnergyLife app was developed through BeAware , a EU funded project, led by the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (HIIT), in Finland.
Air conditioning control goes wireless
Air conditioning control goes wireless The quest for energy efficiency has become a modern mantra. But developing new energy sources and production methods is not sufficient.
The Ecological Badminton Robot
The Ecological Badminton Robot Wim Symens and his team pioneered the development of the first robot ever to play badminton. But this robot is only a guinea pig to test a software application designed to optimise energy efficiency in machine design.
Katrin Lenz: Optimising buildings’ environmental footprint over lifecycle
Katrin Lenz: Optimising buildings’ environmental footprint over lifecycle Katrin Lenz, an expert from the Department Life Cycle Engineering at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics  (IBP), Germany, shares her view with youris.
Heat trading warms up
Heat trading warms up Liberalising the heat market is, in theory, possible. It would operate in the same way that enables owners of domestic-scale wind turbines, or any other electricity producer, to sell surplus into the grid and draw power from the network.
The big picture is the greener picture
The big picture is the greener picture The building sector has become much greener. To get such credentials it has adopted methods borrowed from other industries, such as life cycle analysis ( LCA ), which looks at the environmental impact of a building at every stage from its creation to its decommissioning.
Niklaus Ledergerber: "Reviving Strickbau wood log houses"
Niklaus Ledergerber: "Reviving Strickbau wood log houses" Niklaus Ledergerber, president of the cultural heritage preservation commission of the Swiss canton of Appenzell, is an expert in local building history. He tells youris.
Whipping Swiss cottages into green shipshape
Whipping Swiss cottages into green shipshape Scientists aim to create a sustainable future for the Strickbau building technique , typical of the Swiss Appenzell region. The challenge is to use modern features respecting historic architecture to bring them back from the verge of extinction.
A holistic approach to energy saving in buildings
A holistic approach to energy saving in buildings A new Directive, dubbed the energy performance of buildings Directive (EPBD), brings the new concept of net -zero energy buildings (NZEB) meaning buildings with a zero energy balance that have a better level of energy performance than the standard energy efficiency requirements in current building codes.
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