Environmental issues related to buildings

OUR AMBITION   The overall ambition of the World Sustainable Built Environment conference, BEYOND 2020 is to collectively formulate a transformational plan and set of commitments for the built environment to support the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  
Post date: 10 Jul 2019
Type: News

Within the framework of the achievement of both 2030 energy efficiency targets and the 2050 EU building stock decarbonisation goal, the pressure put on the shoulders of the actors involved in the energy renovation value chain is undeniably high.   And while many EU funded projects aim at the same goal, namely bridging the gap between the supply and demand in the energy retrofit market, how market-responsive are they?  
Post date: 10 Jul 2019
Type: News

Many people are working on the ground to advance the Energy Transition, whether they are a part of a local or regional energy agency, a public authority, a non-profit organisation or a private company. All of these people show the same creativity, motivation, leadership and strategic vision to scale up energy efficiency and increase the use of renewable energy sources. The Roger Léron Award was established to reward their work and recognize their achievements.  
Post date: 9 Jul 2019
Type: Event

It is important to remind ourselves that as one of Europe’s largest economic sectors (almost 10% GDP) the construction is a very divers industry that includes a huge number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).   These SMEs will be instrumental in achieving the EU’s circular economy and carbon neutrality objectives. They need clear support to participate and strive in the sustainable built environment.   
Post date: 9 Jul 2019
Type: News

Recent innovations in engineered timber have laid the foundations for the world’s first wooden skyscrapers to appear within a decade, a feat that is not only achievable—according to the Centre for Natural Material Innovation—but one they hope will beckon in an era of sustainable wooden cities, helping reverse historic emissions from the construction industry.  
Post date: 9 Jul 2019
Type: News

Architects don’t usually like prefabricated solutions. But they concede there are upsides, and when time is of the essence, saving the planet becomes the priority   Practical or beautiful? The question doesn’t seem to be relevant when it comes to retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency. Prefabricated solutions are considered to be both efficient and aesthetically pleasing.  
Post date: 6 Jul 2019
Type: News

CitizEE is a new Coordiantion and Support Action at European level, funded under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project has been launched in May 2019, with a kick-off meeting held by WIP Renewable Energies in its facilities in Munich (Germany), on May 7th-8th.   The meeting gathered the 8 partners forming the consortium and served as starting point for the CitizEE project  
Post date: 2 Jul 2019
Type: Link

The construction sector has a large potential for cost effective energy savings. With the EU planning aimed at nearly zero energy target for new buildings by 2020, the construction sector is confronted with the urgent need to upskills its workforce.   This need implies both meeting the targets and learning how to use innovative approaches and technology solutions to keep high quality of construction and increase the building energy efficiency.
Post date: 1 Jul 2019
Type: News

This month in RESTORE:    -Call for industry participation to Rethink Technology   -STSM Funding goes into its third round   -Regenerative Design lecture in Salzburg, Austria  
Post date: 1 Jul 2019
Type: News

Getting on track to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, as was agreed in Paris back in 2015, would not just be good for our climate, but first and foremost for all citizens.   What changes to the European policy framework and new initiatives could be prepared and implemented in the coming years?   This paper on the zero carbon and circular challenge in the built environment puts forward several policy recommendations.
Post date: 26 Jun 2019
Type: Publication