The 7th International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning will be held in Tarragona, Spain. Following the 2nd Conference hosted in Tarragona 2007, this next conference returns to Spain to celebrate 12 years of successful networking of solar cooling researchers, industrial companies and technology developers.
Spain is now, more than ever, one of the hot spots for cooling in Europe.
Post date: 17 Oct 2016
Peripheral areas often face poverty, crime, waste, pollution and decay. A new trend, however, considers suburbs the best places to develop green initiatives and energy efficiency interventions. Now a social housing building in Zaragoza, Spain, is piloting the regeneration of a suburb
Peripheral neighbourhoods are often spaces of poverty, unemployment and urban decay. But now many peripheral areas are becoming laboratories of innovation, hosting initiatives for a sustainable future.
Post date: 1 Sep 2016
Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC 2015)
This publication contains the proceedings (123 manuscripts) of the 4th International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry - SHC2015, which took place in Istanbul, Turkey from 2 to 4 December 2015.
Post date: 19 Aug 2016
The use of reflective and permeable pavements as a potential practice for heat island mitigation and stormwater management
Elevated summertime temperatures in cities increase energy demand for cooling. This paper suggests the use of reflective and permeable surfaces to reduce the daytime high surface temperature in summer. Permeable pavements under wet conditions could give lower surface temperatures than impermeable pavements. The cooling effect highly depends on the availability of moisture near the surface layer and the evaporation rate.
Post date: 1 Aug 2016
Heating and cooling consume half of the EU's energy and much of it is wasted.
Post date: 1 Apr 2016
The challenges of integrating new energy-saving systems in occupied buildings
It can be extremely challenging to integrate technologies using renewables sources, such Parabolic Trough Solar Collectors (PTC), a biomass boiler, a cogeneration unit based on Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), an absorption chiller and a cooling tower. But this challenge is even greater when these energy reduction systems need to be coupled to an existing and occupied building.
Post date: 31 Mar 2016
A healthy and cool indoor climate is a basic living right. Facility owners and managers make it a prime objective to guarantee this key necessity for their residents. Large investments in often complex cooling networks are required to fit the purpose of providing long lasting and energy efficient cooling solutions.
Reality tells a different story.
Post date: 15 Feb 2016
Fabio Viero - How to raise the number of nZEBs in Europe? Experts provide their insights into probing questions DIRECTION’s second replication workshop took place in September, organised by Eurac in Bolzano, Italy. This is one of three workshops organised as part of DIRECTION’s outreach aimed at maximising replicability potential as the project enters its final months. Fabio Viero (Manens-Tifs s.p.a.) Head of Sustainability
Post date: 12 Jan 2016
New technologies and tailor-made solutions for usersFrom thermally activated technologies to personalised microclimates, researchers look for new ways to save energy and increase comfort in public buildings
Post date: 4 Dec 2015
New near zero energy buildings are increasingly springing up around Europe, though their impact on reducing the region’s energy consumption will remain a drop in the ocean without a drive to take new technologies to existing building stock
Post date: 4 Dec 2015