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When urban waste become bioplastics
When urban waste become bioplastics Each year, the European Union produces three billion tonnes of waste. This equates to six tonnes of solid waste for every EU citizen, according to Eurostat. A major challenge is findings ways to reduce and reuse a large amount of such waste .
Global solar radiation map
Global solar radiation map Renewable energy sources play an important role in securing future energy supply and mitigating climate change.
BIM: changing the way architects and builders work
BIM: changing the way architects and builders work The construction of a building does not only start with its design by architects and engineers.
Low energy district renovation
Low energy district renovation The overall building stock represents about 40% of the EU’s energy consumption. It also produces about 36% of its total CO2 emissions. Besides, new buildings only account for 1% to 1.
Ulrich Filippi Oberegger – Improving building design to reach zero-energy consumption
Ulrich Filippi Oberegger – Improving building design to reach zero-energy consumption Ulrich Filippi Oberegger is a senior researcher in the energy management in buildings group of the Institute for Renewable Energy of EURAC Research . He tells youris.
A new collaboration era for the building sector
A new collaboration era for the building sector The building sector has traditionally been fragmented. Many different actors are involved at different stages, from the design to the performance monitoring stage.
Preventing antibiotic resistance in hospital textiles
Preventing antibiotic resistance in hospital textiles “Antibiotic resistance threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era”. The World Health Organisation uses this strong expression when referring to a phenomenon that is rapidly spreading: the increasing resistance of microorganisms to antimicrobial medicines, such as antibiotics .
Silvia Demattè: Sharing information to make better decisions in building sector
Silvia Demattè: Sharing information to make better decisions in building sector EnginSoft , is an Italian consultancy specialised in computer-aided-engineering. It has experience of contributing to the development of low energy buildings, under the EU-funded DIRECTION research project.
Rubén García: how to refurbish urban residential low energy districts
Rubén García: how to refurbish urban residential low energy districts Achieving nearly zero energy consuming cities: this is the goal of three large scale district renovation projects. They are currently being tested in Valladolid, Spain, Genoa, Italy and Kartal - Istanbul, Turkey.
Is desertification on the increase?
Is desertification on the increase? News of increased desertification has made headlines. Yet this process is not well understood.
Acoustic waves warn of tsunami
Acoustic waves warn of tsunami When a coastal area is about to be hit by the waves of a tsunami, time is everything. The earlier we know where and when it is going to hit the coast, the more chances there are to evacuate the area.
Screening eco-innovation level
Screening eco-innovation level Going green is one of the fastest growing trends, particularly in industry. But smaller size companies are often left wondering how best to become more environmentally friendly .
Less salt, sugar and fat, same pleasure
Less salt, sugar and fat, same pleasure The scientific community now widely recognises that salt, sugar and fat in excess in food lead to health issues . Among these are obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
No biomarkers identified to assess potential health effects of GMOs
No biomarkers identified to assess potential health effects of GMOs Many people in Europe are critical of genetically modified (GM) food, due to safety concerns. A Eurobarometer survey, published in 2010, revealed that the European public tends to be worried on a “mediate level” about GM food , with people in Austria being particularly concerned.
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.
Peter Freeman: Plants tell time
Peter Freeman: Plants tell time Scientist Peter Freeman is managing a project that is probing the clock and metabolism of plants, called TiMet . Partners to the project include star biologists in the Germany, Spain, Switzerland and the UK, all working to gain better insights into what make plants tick.
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.
How soon could car seats enter the 3D comfort zone?
How soon could car seats enter the 3D comfort zone? Vehicles seats are normally made of polyurethane foam, a thick material that is expensive to recycle and ends up in dumping sites or being incinerated.
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