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Tafilalt: Algeria's first eco-friendly desert city

The eco-city in the Sahara is a 20-year project to make the desert bloom with all residents helping to plant trees and recycle waste As we drove to the top of the hill, a terraced garden surrounded by low stone walls reared out of the...

The Future of Asbestos in Construction

Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was a staple within the international construction industry. Even today, asbestos continues to be widely used for a number of purposes, both in buildings and for other products. However, over the past...

European Commission releases EU Reference Scenario 2016

The European Commission has released its latest outlook on energy, transport and emission projections "the EU Reference Scenario 2016".    The EU Reference Scenario is one of the European Commission's key analysis tools in the areas of...

Turning data noise into music: cognitive computing applied to smart buildings

On June 24, IBM’s Watson Internet of Things hosted at leaders, industry experts and technologists at The Crystal in London to examine how IoT is shaping the way we design, construct, use, maintain and experience the...

Summary of REHVA Workshop on building commissioning: what’s in it for me?

Today there is a demand for building commissioning in almost all building projects. Many building owners have realized that the technical complexity of buildings has increased and it is necessary to manage the...

Debut of QUANTUM project at CLIMA 2016, in Aalborg

QUANTUM project aims to close the gap between actual and designed energy performances of buildings through Quality Management (QM).   The consortium organised its first successful  workshop at CLIMA2016, the 13th REHVA...

CITyFiED contribution towards new advances in sustainable buildings at CESB16 Conference

CITyFiED actively contributing to new advances and trends in Sustainable Buildings     The CESB16 Conference took place 22– 24 June in Prague, Czech Republic, organized under auspices of several prestigious...

Sound technical delivery is one of the hallmarks of latest CITyFiED project meeting: Istanbul

Lively collaboration and sound technical delivery hallmarks of latest CITyFiED project meeting   The consortium came together in Istanbul, Turkey late June 2016 to catch up on the latest developments, identify collective...

Climathon will be held in over 50 cities, and there is still time to join!

Climate-KIC’s Climathon challenge has currently engaged over 50 cities to join the Climathon movement on the 28 October 2016 and is encouraging more cities to join in the action.  What is Climathon? Climathon is a global 24-hour climate...

First passive house water park saves heat and electricity

The energy concept of the new water park in Bamberg includes a very high performance building envelope regarding both thermal insulation level and building airtightness level. This allows to have high relative humidity values (up to 64%)...

New Guide B on HVAC released by CIBSE

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) released a new edition of CIBSE Guide B providing up to date guidance on the practical design of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.   The guide was...

Innovative ESCO business models and energy management strategies

In order to unleash the energy efficiency (EE) potential and achieve the energy savings goals in buildings there is a necessity to adopt new ESCO business models. And this is what MOEEBIUS project Consortium is currently working on within...

More than 100 buildings and ecodistricts competing in the Green Building Solutions & City Awards 2016!

Construction21 contributes to the dynamics of the Paris Agreement and to the fight against climate change, by disseminating innovation the the GBCS Awards.   This international competition for exemplary buildings and...

Retrofit of 1970´s social housing estate: ¨Saving a Monster¨ video launch

Saving a Monster: Retrofitting of Social Housing   In Genoa, Italy, there are tenants who only pay as little as €50 in rent for a small apartment in a social housing estate, but this is only part of the story.   They...

Frankfurt to build world’s first hospital to the Passive House Standard

Rubber boots and spades stood ready for a special premiere: In July 2016, construction works began on the world's first Passive House hospital in the Höchst district of Frankfurt. The previous clinic will be replaced by a new Passive House...

World Sustainable Energy Days 2017 - Call for Papers

  More than 700 experts from over 50 countries are expected to attend the World Sustainable Energy Days 2017 (WSED17), one of Europe’s largest annual events on energy efficiency and renewable energy which will take place...

EUSEW Energy Days inspire the next generation in Spain

In Laguna de Duero, Valladolid, Europe’s largest retrofit site is a massive undertaking designed to deliver significant energy savings and substantial reductions in CO2 emissions and improve comfort.    The CITyFiED project and local...

‘Food for thought’ with the MSCD Lunch Academy at EU Sustainable Energy Week

During EU Sustainable Energy Week 2016 the My Smart City District (MSCD) cluster of 8 projects representing 25 cities across 13 countries came together to deliver five different online seminars in five days on key issues and challenges for...

Citizens increasingly become focal point at EIP Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) meeting

From factors to actors, citizens increasingly in focus at Smart Cities and Communities meeting   One of the key working groups of the European Innovation Partnership is entitled ‘Citizen Focus’. CITyFiED...

ASHRAE Wraps UP 2016 Annual Conference

  Nearly 1,800 people attended the ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference, which took place in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. on 25-29 June 2016.   Some 100 sessions with 400 speakers were offered as part of the Conference Technical Programme....