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Hamburg applies the brakes on diesel vehicles

Hamburg has become the first German city to restrict the use of diesel vehicles in response to a court ruling earlier this year. Germany’s second largest city has started to unveil signs preventing older diesel vehicles, which do not meet...

New ‘warming stripes’ show urgency of climate action

A new set of visualisations which show the long term rise in temperatures and the urgency of climate action have been published this week by University of Reading climate scientist Ed Hawkins. The ‘warming stripes’, which each represent...

Timber prefabricated multifunctional facade in 4RinEu project

One of the main objectives of 4RinEU is to improve the energy performances of existing buildings through the renovation of their envelope. Therefore, within the project, a new concept of façade is being developed, namely a timber...

A new study on variable diffusivity membranes

Vapour barriers and retarders are often needed to improve the hygro-thermal performance of the building envelope. Their use is particularly important in prefabricated timber façades, especially when critical boundary conditions occur....

iBRoad project publishes “The Concept of the Individual Building Renovation Roadmap” Report

An in-depth case study Report of four frontrunner projects.   The iBRoad EU-funded project works on eliminating the multiple barriers building owners face when planning a renovation,  by developing an Individual Building...

Register now for the AIVC 2018 Conference “Smart ventilation for Buildings” - 18-19 September 2018, Antibes Juan-Les-Pins, France

Registration is now open for the 39th AIVC – 7th TightVent – 5th venticool joint conference “Smart ventilation for buildings” to be held on 18 and 19 September 2018 in Antibes Juan-Les-Pins, France.   Confirmed topical sessions...

EmBuild Final Conference – Energy Efficient Buildings: Plan. Invest. Renovate!

National renovation strategies are necessary and useful, but how can their impact be strengthened? As most public buildings are under the jurisdiction of regional and local administrative levels, it is the combined action of Europe´s...

Major investors call for oil and gas groups to step up climate action

Sixty investors have urged the oil and gas sector to do more on climate change and “take responsibility” for its carbon emissions. In a letter to the Financial Times, the group of companies, including Aberdeen Standard Investments, BNP...

Cities light the way with new manifesto

Representatives of the twelve smart city ‘lighthouse’ projects, recipients of a combined investment of €263.84 million euro from the European Commission, met to sign a manifesto of cooperation. This manifesto is an agreement between cities...

"With the Green Solutions Awards, Eiffage has shown that Cestas is much more than a photovoltaic power plant", Dena Villanueva, Eiffage

In 2017, Eiffage participated in the Green Solutions Awards, an international competition for sustainable solutions organized each year by Construction21. Awarded the French User's choice, Cestas is one of Europe's best-performing...

Climate shocks causing severe hunger in Africa’s Sahel region

Humanitarian relief workers have warned that about 5 million people in Africa's Sahel region are suffering from severe hunger and are in urgent need of livelihood assistance. The affected countries include Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and...

New York to end all coal-fired power by 2020

New York State has proposed strict new carbon dioxide standards which will lead to coal plants having to change the way they operate, or close down. New York’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, made the announcement last week, calling coal “a relic...

Stardust released its project video

The European Stardust project has released its project video. It provides an opportunity for viewers to be familiar with the project and its actions. Stardust is a Smart Cities and Communities (SCC) project funded under the EU Horizon 2020...

Future generations face health risks from life indoors

New Indoor Generation spends 90% of time indoors Indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outside but 77% are unaware according to global YouGov survey Children’s bedrooms are often most polluted rooms in the house New report...

EU sets out plan to cut truck emissions by 30%

The European Commission has put forth a proposal to regulate carbon emissions from heavy-duty vehicles for the first time. The plan, released last week, confirms a target of reducing emissions in the sector by 30 percent by 2030. Despite...

The dream smart city

A Smart City is a city where life has become very easy.   Bus tickets can be bought directly from an App while private vehicles are replaced by cars and bikes shared by the public. Buses and cars don’t run on gas or other conventional...

The human factor in saving energy

Throughout Europe buildings are still responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions. More renovation of the existing stock is needed. This is where citizens come into play   From 21 to 25  May the EU Green Week is...

New skills for the construction sector to achieve European energy targets

Through its BUILD UP Skills initiative, the EU aims to equip the next generation of construction sector workers – from manual labourers to design professionals and senior management – with the skills and knowledge needed to ensure building...

Plans released to transform London into a zero-carbon city

Ambitious plans have been released this week which seek to transform London into one of the world’s greenest cities. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, unveiled the new environment strategy, which seeks to make the capital zero-carbon by...

Costa Rica to become the world’s first zero-carbon country

Costa Rica’s newly elected president is vowing to take the historic step of decarbonising the entire country. President Carlos Alvarado made the pledge in his inauguration speech this week, in which he described the “titanic and beautiful...