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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.
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.
Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting
Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting The Cuarto de Marzo district of Valladolid, Spain , is an area spreading over 21,000 square metres with 166 residences. It is now the focus of a retrofitting project , called  R2CITIES , funded by the EU.
Pig plague threatens Europe
Pig plague threatens Europe African swine fever , or ASF, is a viral disease that kills almost every pig it infects and is likened to Ebola . It gained a foothold in Georgia in 2007, when contaminated pig meat landed from a ship from South-East Africa and was fed to local pigs.
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.
Towards genetically-improved conifers
Towards genetically-improved conifers Pines are long-lived; between 100 and 1,000 years. And they are a tree species, of high commercial importance. Indeed, they are valued for their timber and wood pulp.
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 .
Noemí Jiménez and Carolina Grau – solving the energy challenge in public buildings
Noemí Jiménez and Carolina Grau – solving the energy challenge in public buildings Civil servants of the Government of Extremadura, located in Mérida, Spain, will have to work under challenging conditions when retrofitting public buildings with technological solutions based on renewable energy.
Ali Vasallo - Towards near-zero energy consumption at district level
Ali Vasallo - Towards near-zero energy consumption at district level Transforming districts into near-zero energy consumption urban areas could be a reality in the next few decades.
Tackling the many challenges of smarter, greener cities
Tackling the many challenges of smarter, greener cities The quest towards low energy consumption in city districts requires many changes not only at building level, but also at district level.
Retrofitting showcase on a Belgian high-school
Retrofitting showcase on a Belgian high-school Energy consumption in the non-residential sector, such as public and industrial buildings, is typically about 40% higher than in the residential sector.
Many tongues, one voice, one common ambition
Many tongues, one voice, one common ambition There is much need to develop energy efficient solutions for residential buildings in Europe. The EU-funded project, MeeFS , due to be completed by the end of 2015, is developing an innovative multifunctional and energy efficient façade system to retrofit residential buildings.
Roberto Sanz and Álvaro Corredera - Control systems: a new solution for low energy buildings
Roberto Sanz and Álvaro Corredera - Control systems: a new solution for low energy buildings CARTIF III is a new building that forms part of an applied research institute, called the CARTIF Technology Centre, based in Valladolid, Spain. This building is singular.
Microbes – The New Bioplastic Factories
Microbes – The New Bioplastic Factories Scientists in Spain are growing bacteria that can transform organic waste into polymers inside their cells . And in Holland researchers are experimenting with algae which can also produce bioplastic components .
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