The EU project on smart districts has unveiled its energy saving achievements after its renovation works in three residential areas
Post date: 15 Jun 2018
The building sector is the largest energy-consuming sector in Europe. As retrofitting works are often unaffordable for people who own apartments in old blocks, the EU has had to step in
Spain is known as a land of sun and heat. But even here there are regions that have to face icy winter temperatures. In Valladolid, in the north of the country, many of the almost 300,000 inhabitants are in poorly isolated buildings built in the 1960s.
Post date: 13 Jun 2018
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
Post date: 23 May 2018
A revised EU directive to fight energy poverty and pulmonary diseases due to unhealthy buildings should be approved this month
Home sweet home. Houses are supposed to be our nest, a shelter from the world outside. But how healthy are European homes?
Nowadays most of our time is spent indoors, often at home, one reason being the current shift to “desk jobs”. It follows that the environment of the buildings we live, work and play in has a major health impact.
Post date: 9 Apr 2018
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimated that each year 4.3 million people die of exposure to household pollutants. Buildings with a safe indoor environment can reduce healthcare costs
Post date: 9 Apr 2018
The “washing machines” district smartens up to halve energy consumption
A peripheral district in Genoa, Italy, has become a smart city lab. The project has improved apartment conditions, reduced waste and lowered the energy bill, all with the help of building occupants.
Post date: 13 Dec 2017
In late October, the R2CITIES team met in Kartal, Turkey, for its second-to-last project meeting. As we look ahead to the final months of the project, our attention is on the monitoring of the works. This will allow us to build a picture of the energy savings and the overall sustainability of the endeavours over the last four years.
Post date: 24 Nov 2017
R2CITIES Lavatrici district demo site on the agenda at this year’s Genoa Smart Week
There will be two events from the R2CITIES project as part of Genoa Smart Week on Wednesday 22 November:
A session on the achievements and opportunities in district renovation – R2CITIES history and Genoa Outcomes – 9.00am to 10.45am at Palazzo Tobia Pallavicino, Salone del Bergamasco
Post date: 17 Nov 2017
Internet users can assess the solar potential of their roofs through a platform developed by Google. The online “calculator”, which was only accessible in the US, has now reached Europe, starting in Germany
Despite increasing talk about renewable energy, many people remain far removed from what’s going on. To tackle this, various projects have been developed over the years helping users to better understand and use green energy sources.
Post date: 13 Jul 2017
Free webinar on Monday 19 June – 16:00-16:45 (CET)
Getting a handle on all the data involved in large-scale district renovation is difficult. But data visualisation and decision-support tools do exist and real-time monitoring is, well, real. To make all this come together seamlessly to deliver on the retrofitting objectives, including sustainability and cost-effectiveness, R2CITIES has organised this webinar on Monday 19 June at 4 pm (CET).
Post date: 14 Jun 2017