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Stuttgart's zoo plans geothermal heating system for its elephant house

The City of Stuttgart plans to implement a geothermal system into a new tunnel (Rosensteintunnel) in the vicinity of the city’s zoo “Wilhelma”. The geothermal heat and the waste heat of the traffic shall be used to heat one of the new...

BMUB turns an "Efficiency House Plus" upside down at EXPO 2017 in Astana

At the EXPO 2017 in the Kazakh capital Astana, Germany with its theme “Energy on Track” presents how the energy transition “made in Germany” is realised. One of the exhibition rooms is the “City of Tomorrow” in which a walk-in the “...

German Government expands financial programme for PV battery systems

The Federal Government readjusted the financial programme for photovoltaic (PV) battery systems. Based on the high demand,  the financial programme will be significantly widened. The subsidy rates will drop starting from October (earlier...

BIM for predemolition waste audit in practice

An accurate and swift identification of materials, quantities and building typologies before the demolition works is needed for an efficient waste management and recovery of raw materials from buildings. A BIM based tool developed in HISER...

FIESTA guide aims to save families money on their energy bill

A guide released by the EU-funded FIESTA project provides European families with helpful advice on lowering their energy bill and their carbon footprint. Aimed at the general public, the document looks at general areas of household energy...

New EU energy efficient labelling regulation empowers consumers

  On 28 July 2017, the European Commission published a new Regulation setting a framework for energy labelling, simplifying and updating the energy efficiency labelling requirements for products sold in the EU, which were included in the...

Emissions and Odours from materials 2017

From producers to end-users.   During the last two decades, there has been increasing concern within the scientific community over the effects of VOC exposure on health. Public awareness of environmental, health and safety issues related...

Montenegro: 49% of energy savings achieved after reconstruction of public buildings

The Montenegrin Ministry of the Economy announced that the annual consumption of energy dropped by 49% in most of the buildings reconstructed under a programme to raise energy efficiency levels in public buildings. The energy...

TRUST EPC SOUTH: Training materials now available online

If you are looking for training materials about Energy Performance Contracting basics, the Green Rating tools and financing solutions, you can now find them on a dedicated section on the Trust EPC South website.   More specifically, in...

CREATE project and its progress

Compact REtrofit Advanced Thermal Energy storage - An economically affordable, compact and loss-free heat battery for existing buildings.”   The CREATE project is a research project supported by the European Commission under...

"Let’s build changes" conference materials available

Early July 2017, the European Commission brought together industry leaders, finance professionals, policy makers, SMEs and start-ups to discuss how the construction’s value chain could meet its ever-evolving challenges.   The 2017...

Give and take: REMOURBAN at the EU Sustainable Energy Week

As part of this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), REMOURBAN’s Miguel García Fuentes (CARTIF) and Philip James (Nottingham City Homes) joined two discussion events in Brussels about smart cities.     Organised...

Market day at the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities

During the EU Sustainable Energy Week, the EIP-SCC held a series of practical Action Cluster Meetings bundled into a one-day event entitled « Building a market for Smart Cities and Communities ».  The gathering was part of ongoing efforts...

ARE WE HAPPY WITH THE QUALITY OF BUILDING RENOVATION?

The new Horizon 2020 FIT-TO-NZEB project develops innovative training schemes for deep energy retrofit in Eastern and Southern Europe     Undoubtedly, it is a hard decision to invest your family’s savings in renovating your...

Investment Plan for Europe: EIB to finance construction of 2,198 rented social housing units in Barcelona

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide a EUR 125m loan to the Barcelona Municipal Housing Board (a public entity under the responsibility of the City Government), with the aim of building 2,198 homes for public rental to low-...

Design of envelope modules in Northern European countries

Retrofitting to existing buildings for improved energy efficiency is technically possible but conditions vary in different regions in Europe. “Northern Europe” is spanning in north south direction equally long as the distance between Malmö...

1st Seminar on the Promotion of Innovative Projects in Green Economy

Organised jointly by R20 MED, the R20 NGO's office for the Mediterranean region, École Nationale Polytechnique d'Oran Maurice-Audin ( ENPO-MA ) and École des Mines de Saint-Etienne ( EMSE ) 1st Seminar on the Promotion of Innovative...

Electro-fragmentation for the selective crushing of steel fibers reinforced concrete waste: status update

The works previously carried out during the HISER project have showed that electro-fragmentation technology is effective for the selective liberation of the steel fibers in reinforced concrete waste. A test campaign has recently been...

Intelligent energy solution for a city quarter reduces electricity use from the grid by at least 15%

A settlement consisting of pre-fabricated houses in Wuppertal Germany is a living lab for future energy concepts of city quarters. The 19 modern and fully equipped exhibition houses are all efficiency plus houses (energy plus houses)...

Vote for your favourite candidates at the Green Solutions Awards 2017!

150 candidates from 19 countries in the Green Solutions Awards 2017: 118 buildings, 11 districts and 21 infrastructures     On 15 March 2017, Construction21 launched the 5th edition of the Green Solutions...