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Together in MED - Mediterranean Energy Debate

On October 10th, the MED - Mediterranean Energy Debate took place in Brussels, in the premises of Brussels-Capital Region during the European Week of Regions and Cities. Members of the Efficient Buildings Community, public authorities and...

ZERO-PLUS newsletter #12 October 2019

The 12th edition of the ZERO-PLUS newsletter has been released!   Enjoy your reading here.

WorldGBC receives an award for leading industry change

Mohammad Asfour, Head MENA Regional Network was in Barcelona to receive an award on behalf of WorldGBC at the newly launched Mediterranean Real Estate Forum international conference. The focus of the conference was the importance of the...

The European Union, Iceland and Norway agree to deepen their cooperation in climate action

Climate change is a global threat and demands global action: the more countries join forces, the bigger the chances we can master this major challenge of our generation. The European Union, Iceland and Norway today agreed to extend their...

Procredit Bank Macedonia secures EUR 1 million to finance energy efficiency in households

Procredit Bank Macedonia will on-lend funds to local households, housing associations and service providers planning to invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, the EBRD said on its website.   Possible investments will...

Can we start a positive cycle through healthy buildings?

These were the questions more than 500 architects, researchers and building professionals discussed in Paris, France, at VELUX Daylight Symposium and Healthy Buildings Day, which is the only forum in the world, dedicated to explore the...

#14 - Building in Africa: inclusive techniques and training

In response to the housing problem in Africa[1], the Association la Voûte Nubienne (AVN) has been promoting the technical concept Voûte Nubienne (VN) in Sudano-Sahelian Africa for almost 20 years, a complete, adapted [2] and sustainable...

Green roofs improve the urban environment – so why don't all buildings have them?

Rooftops covered with grass, vegetable gardens and lush foliage are now a common sight in many cities around the world. More and more private companies and city authorities are investing in green roofs, drawn to their wide-ranging benefits...

Restoring a Latvian treasure: the New Castle of Sigulda

The project is restoring what was once known as one of the most magnificent Writer’s Palaces in Europe, a unique example of national romanticism in Latvia. A total budget of over EUR 5 million has been made available for the work, of which...

El COAATMU - Murcia acogió la Jornada “Los beneficios de BIM - BREEAM® - LEED® - WELL – Passivhaus”

En la Jornada “Los beneficios de BIM, aplicados a BREEAM®, LEED®, WELL y Passivhaus” , organizada por BioEconomic®, en el COAATMU - Murcia, el pasado 4 de Octubre, se identificaron los beneficios, se vieron la reducción de costes, las...

New call for proposals for energy projects!

The EU-funded EU-Korea Climate Action project supports Climate Partnerships between Korean and European non-state entities who commit to implement climate actions in priority areas such as renewable energy, energy efficiency in buildings,...

European cities engage the market to realise zero-emission and healthy construction procurement

Cities from across Europe met on 9 October in ICLEI Member Copenhagen (Denmark) to liaise with market actors in the construction supply chain regarding their targets and plans to achieve clean and healthy construction. Representatives from...

New open access Learning Centre launched to support district heating system improvements

On the occasion of the 2019 CELSIUS Summit on thermal energy systems of the future, which took place on 17-18 October in ICLEI Member Brussels (Belgium), the KeepWarm project has announced the launch of an online Learning Centre on...

“Transdisciplinarity” for a sustainable future

It is clear that we need to build a more sustainable world. Groups of people from all different areas are working towards this goal. However, so often we work in silos, trying to leverage our specific expertise only. The problem is that...

Perovskites promise boost for solar power technology

If solar energy is to meet its potential for replacing fossil fuels, photovoltaic (PV) technology will have to be deployed far more rapidly than it is now. In 2017 solar PV accounted for barely 2 % of global electricity production.   The...

Fifth BIMplement Project Meeting in Vilnius

The 5th Consortium meeting of the BIMplement project was held on September 26 and 27 in Vilnius (Lithuania). At the meeting the progress that each partner is making was shared and special information was given on the trainings that have...

Webinar: CRAVEzero pinboard

CRAVEzero pinboard: an interactive web-based modular framework supporting in developing low LCC nZEBs The CRAVEzero pinboard is a structured framework organizing all needed information and tools to build reliable low life cycle cost nZEBs...

POCITYF project raises stakes for positive energy city transformation

A new smart city EU-funded project, POCITYF, is set to transform our historical and cultural cities into more efficient, healthy, sustainable living environments with "positive energy districts". Led...

Søren Hermansen is the winner of the Roger Léron Award 2019!

The 5th edition of the Roger Léron Award was concluded on the 9th October 2019 with the Ceremony at the House of the Brussels region (BIP) with the announcement of the winner and celebration of nominees’ achievements. Søren Hermansen was...

Testing the SRI

In close interaction with various stakeholders, the study team has developed a provisional Smart Readiness Indicator assessment method and calculation scheme. We kindly invite all interested stakeholders to engage in the public bèta...