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EDF plans €8 billion investment into energy storage

French state-owned energy company, EDF, is making a big play to become a leader in the burgeoning electricity storage market. The developer, best known for managing France’s large number of nuclear power plants, now plans to invest €8...

Innovation Procurement of Energy Efficient Extensive Transformation of Kindergarten

The City of Koprivnica and Regional Energy Agency North (REA Sjever) are preparing a pilot investment to modernize Kindergarten buildings and render these buildings more energy-efficient. The City of Koprivnica and Regional Energy Agency...

Jane Oyugi, Sustenersol: “There is a beneficial ripple effect to the Green Solutions Awards”

In 2017, Sustenersol Company Ltd (Sustenersol) competed in the Green Solutions Awards, an international competition for climate solutions run by the Construction21 network. Sustenersol’s Solar Microgrid Project for Rural School...

BUILD UP Skills Pillar II overview brochure is now online!

This is a short brochure providing an overview of the BUILD UP Skills Pillar II.  The brochure highlights the most remarkable activities carried out, results achieved and lessons learnt as part of the initiative.

The Green Solutions Awards on Radio Immo at MIPIM

Interview with Véronique Pappe, Director of Construction21 France & International and Michel Heukmès, Director of CAP2020 / Construction21 Belgium, for the launch of the Green Solutions Awards 2018 at MIPIM, on March 15th. (2-language...

Energy reduction in public buildings: learning to lead from the front

Buildings in EU27 Member States represent up to 24 billion m2 of floor space, responsible for 40% of Europe’s energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions – both key contributors to climate change. In response, a number of European...

Green Solutions Awards: the 2018 edition is on!

MIPIM – Palais des Festivals, Cannes, March 15th. Construction21 launched the Green Solutions Awards 2018 on the BNP Paribas Real Estate booth, one of the sponsors of the competition. The contest for sustainable solutions highlights...

Life is LiFi in smart buildings

In the coming decades one of the key technologies to be implemented in intelligent buildings will be LiFi, the transfer of data through light   Just imagine: you get back home one evening, unlocking your door with the...

Smart buildings: predictive maintenance is crucial

A talk with Italian expert Antonio Disi about building maintenance, smart technologies and “energy illiterate” citizens  Maintenance represents the bulk of the costs occurring in a building’s life. How can the advent of smart technologies...

Smart buildings: predictive maintenance is crucial

A talk with Italian expert Antonio Disi about building maintenance, smart technologies and “energy illiterate” citizens      Maintenance represents the bulk of the costs occurring in a building’s life. How can the...

European energy demand is set to increase with climate change

According to a study led by a climatologist working for the European Commission, projections of both climate change and population shifts indicate that energy demand is to increase overall in Europe. How energy demand for heating and...

Green Solutions Awards 2018: launch at MIPIM on March 15

Every year, the Green Solutions Awards come back. And 2018 is no exception! This year, this international competition of sustainable solutions organised by the Construction21 network will be launched at MIPIM, on the BNP Paribas Real...

Energy efficient buildings – Presidency secures provisional deal with European Parliament

On Tuesday 19 December 2017, the Estonian presidency reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a revised directive on the energy performance of buildings. The outcome of the trilogue...

District heating: has its time come?

Due to its reliance on renewable energy sources, district heating is becoming a preferred energy saving solution. One of the biggest challenges, however, is convincing homeowners of the long-term value of retrofitting buildings to...

Leading European banks show how Green Tagging can drive Energy Efficiency Financing

On 12 December 2017, Green Tagging emerged as the new strategy for Europe’s leading banks to scale up financing of energy efficient housing and real estate, concluded a new report from Climate Strategy and the UN Environment Inquiry into...

European Commission presents new Action Plan for the Planet: Ten initiatives for a modern and clean economy

  Two years after the Paris Agreement, the EU is firmly in the lead in fighting climate change. To that end the Commission announced a series of initiatives for a modern and clean economy at the One Planet Summit.    ...

Retrofitting public buildings: where public procurement and innovation meet

Retrofitting public buildings: where public procurement and innovation have to shake hands   In recent years, the word “smart” has started rolling off the tongues and keyboards of policy makers in many areas of our...

Wood frame building solutions innovation on the rise

Blokiwood® reinvents the wood frame   With the new targets for reducing carbon emissions in construction and government measures to develop the sector, wood is on the rise. A Savoyard company decided to ´make waves´ in the...

Software solutions optimize energy networks paving way for sustainable buildings

DCBrain: the Waze of physical networks   With the energy transition, the management and optimization of "smart" physical networks has become an issue for energy suppliers. French start-up DCbrain developed a software...

Insight on lighthouse projects detailed at SMARTCITY World Congress

Lighthouses at Barcelona – Remourban and fellow Lighthouse projects attend Smart City Expo World Congress   Empower cities. Empower people. That was the battle cry at this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC)...