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TRACIMAT recognised as a CDW management organisation

At end of August the Flemish Minister of Environment, Nature and Agriculture officially recognised Tracimat as Construction and Demolition Waste management organisation.   TRACIMAT, a non-profit construction and demolition waste (CDW)...

Co-creating smart and sustainable cities in Europe

Co-creating smart and sustainable cities in Europe: new flagship project announced   Across Europe, cities are accelerating their transformation towards cleaner, friendlier places able to respect and use resources more...

BIM training to enhance energy efficiency of buildings

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology is coordinating BIMEET, a new European project bringing together 9 partners around BIM technology as a key digital support for the energy efficiency of the built environment.   On 13 and...

The ten best climate-positive business ideas in the UK and Ireland

On 18 September, Climate-KIC UK and Ireland’s Venture Competition 2017 sees start-ups from across the cleantech sector pitch to a panel of expert judges to win a cash prize and a place at the European Venture Competition Finals....

¨Combination of Expertise¨ Batimat awards creates positive partnerships

VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO wins Special Jury Mention at Batimat Innovation Awards   VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO has received a Special Jury Mention at the Batimat Innovation Awards in France. The special mention is for...

Eurostat clarifies how to record energy performance contracts in national accounts

Energy performance contracts in the public sector offer a practical solution to make public buildings and other public infrastructures more energy efficient, as the initial investment can be covered by a private partner and repaid by...

RESTORE Training School takes place in Lancaster UK

The first RESTORE Training School that will take place in Lancaster, UK between 14th and 17th November 2017. The call is still open! If you apply right now, you still could participate in multiple introduction seminars, action learning,...

Extracting the Office-DNA for better workspaces

Among the start-ups supported by BTA, Furbish focuses on next generation workspaces. Ulrike Rahe and Holger Wallbaum, founders of Furbish tell more about their philosophy, their approach and the future of office buildings. What is wrong...

Nano-coating to protect buildings against pollution

The organic pollution decomposing properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2) have been known for about half a century. However, practical applications have been few and hard to develop, but now a Greek paint producer claims to have found a...

Guidelines for energy-efficient renovation of shopping centres

The “how-to” guide on renovating shopping centres launched by CommONEnergy during a high-level event in Brussels   The CommONEnergy project, funded by the FP7 programme, developed new strategies and solutions to...

PROF/TRAC training course on nZEB design and construction

In October, PROF/TRAC project is offering a free online course to develop and certify trainers’ skills on nZEB design and construction. This Train-the-Trainers course is designed for trainers linked to training...

Dutch social housing stock CO2 neutral by 2050

Sustainability is one of the main topics of the Housing and the Innovation Agenda that Aedes- the Association of Dutch social housing corporations- members agreed upon before the summer. In the coming years, they will make their dwellings...

Global Alliance of Buildings and Construction moves forward

From Paris to Bonn, the Global Alliance of Buildings and Construction moves forward   The Conference of the Parties on Climate (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, under the chairmanship of Fiji, will be held in November 2017. Since...

Modern lightweight construction for 21th Century smart cities

What do the Brunfaut Tower of Brussels, the Parkgärten cooperative of Berlin and the Saint-Nazaire housing project in Western France all have in common? These are three examples of radical and affordable lightweight transformations using...

Pilot project tests the use of mobile heat containers for supplying communal buildings

How to use excess heat from the electricity generation of remote biogas power stations? Can the excess heat contribute to the climate protection? The German Ministry of the Environment is supporting a pilot project in the rural district...

New battery system developed for intermediate storage of renewables

Researchers at the MEET Battery Research Centre at Münster University have developed a new energy storage system based on dual-ion battery technology. Its long service life is promising for stationary applications. The focus of the...

Solar Decathlon Europe building becomes a university laboratory

One of the pilot buildings of the Solar Decathlon 2014 will now be rebuilt on the university campus Berlin Charlottenburg. The so-called “Rooftop” building, originally designed as a net energy plus residential building, will now be...

German building ministry offers €11M for building research projects

German building ministry offers €11M for building research projects in a new phase of the initiative "Zukunft Bau"   The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB...

Sustainable solutions and energy positive sewage treatment plants

Energy positive sewage treatment plants – A sustainable solution for climate protection in municipalities   The municipal wastewater in Europe contains an available chemical energy of about 87,500 GWh per year. This...

Green Building Solutions Award 2016 winner interview: Piero Pedone

Interview with Piero Pedone, winner of Green Building Solutions Award 2016 for Energy & Hot Climates   Four Questions for Piero Pedone from Pedone Studio, winner of the Green Building Solutions Award 2016 for...