Much of our building stock was designed and built before global warming, environmental protection and recycling became foremost in our minds and behaviours. It represents around 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions
Revamping building envelopes, making façades and roofs more energy-efficient, is a key measure in retrofitting existing stock. Combined with a smart energy management system, building envelopes can slash energy consumption while improving indoor comfort.
Post date: 2 Aug 2019
Homeowner or landlord? To convince people to have energy-saving renovations you need to know what they are really looking for
What would motivate you to renovate your house to make it more energy efficient? The cost? The legal framework? An environmental conscience? It also mostly depends on who you are, and if you actually live in your house or if you rent it.
Post date: 6 Jul 2019
Glass in architecture has been recently used more intensively thanks to developments in its manufacturing
Whether you are arriving to or departing from Helsinki Airport, the first thing you notice is the glass around you and the characteristic Finnish design. If you pay attention, you will find yourself believing there are some forest elves watching you.
The impressive structure features glass that playfully illuminates the wood present everywhere.
Post date: 26 Jun 2019
Building information modelling (BIM) has disrupted the construction industry. The digital technology represents and processes all the characteristics of a building in its whole life-cycle, allowing architects, engineers and construction professionals to design and manage it in a more efficient way
Post date: 10 May 2019
People are increasingly testing smart control systems to curb energy use, while maximising the amount of renewables employed in the process
When temperatures are low, the temptation to take long, scalding showers and turn electric heaters to the maximum is high. And not knowing how much energy we spend, when we unthinkingly do these activities, makes it difficult for us to decrease our consumption.
Post date: 16 Apr 2018
In the coming decades one of the key technologies to be implemented in intelligent buildings will be LiFi, the transfer of data through light
Just imagine: you get back home one evening, unlocking your door with the torch light of your mobile. You sit down on your sofa, download a film 100 times faster than currently possible and enjoy the movie on a fully secure wireless connection. This is already possible in some smart buildings, and could be the norm in the future, thanks to LiFi – or Light Fidelity.
Post date: 19 Mar 2018
A talk with Italian expert Antonio Disi about building maintenance, smart technologies and “energy illiterate” citizens
Post date: 26 Feb 2018
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 solution
Post date: 17 Sep 2017
The EU funded BRESAER Project (BREakthrough Solutions for Adaptable Envelopes in building Refurbishment) aims to develop and demonstrate an innovative envelope system that uses cost-effective, adaptable solutions for building refurbishment. It combines active and passive components, integrating them into a lightweight structural mesh.
The innovative solutions developed by the project include:
Post date: 20 Jun 2017
The automated home and office market is predicted to grow quickly in the next few years. But as reports of cyber attacks increase, is it still possible for a home to be a castle in the age of smart buildings, or are we lowering the drawbridge to hackers?
Smart buildings offer better energy efficiency and the kind of futuristic mod cons that appeal to many consumers, but some experts warn our appetite for new technology is putting us at risk from increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.
Post date: 14 Mar 2017