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Succesful sustainable measures through innovative financing

Local energy efficiency and sustainability policies are mostly defined by the EU legal framework, how it is interpreted by cities and regions and how they will turn it into regional or local measures. Cities and regions across Europe are...

Poland: Investment Plan for Europe - EIB supports affordable housing in the city of Szczecin

Szczecin has become the second Polish town to receive a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to finance a municipal development plan for social and affordable housing. The EIB has agreed to lend up to PLN 85 million (approx. €20 ...

DG Energy September Newsletter

September newsletter is out!   Top stories EU energy in figures: Key energy data in your pocket   Other news Almost €1.4 billion requested in Horizon 2020 energy funding EIB and UniCredit Bank Austria...

Call for Papers & Speakers - WSED 2021

Get involved in the WSED 2021   Take the opportunity and share your work, projects, research results, achievements, ideas and insights with the worldwide sustainable energy community! The following options are available...

On- and Offshore Wind Energy in Belgium and in Germany

Wind energy has become a central pillar to the transition to low carbon energy usage. Belgium plans to further expand its onshore capacities to 3.5 GW by 2030.   In 2019, Germany and Belgium ranked among the top 4 in terms of offshore...

GE Renewable Energy supplying wind turbines to multiple sites in Turkey and Vietnam

Today, GE Renewable Energy announced that it has completed the installation and commissioning of the 53-MW Kirazli and 32-MW Meryem wind farms in Turkey.    These wind farms are part of a larger order made with Turkerler and RT Enerjito to...

Anatomy of a Sustainable City

Imagine a city with more walkers and bikers than cars, where buildings are all run off of solar power and designed with living ecosystems inside of them and city landscaping doubles as edible plants for the hungry.    While this may seem...

District Heating and Cooling – A Key Element of Energy System Integration

Energy System Integration is a key initiative of the Green Deal, highlighted in the new European Commission Strategy on Energy System Integration. Read more about the important role of district heating and cooling in this initiative, and...

CHESS SETUP Outcomes

After many months of hard work between all the 10 partners, CHESS SETUP H2020 funded project is coming to an end with an overall success.   CHESS SETUP was born with the idea to respond to the increasing heating and...

Developing a ‘Stand-By Mode’ for Buildings in the COVID-Era

As COVID-19 cases rose and lockdown measures came into effect around the world, commercial building occupancy dropped dramatically, from 100% to almost zero in the space of a week in many places. Many might expect near-zero occupancy to...

The Digital Disruption for Post-COVID Construction

Like all industries, construction has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic and is now being forced to adapt in order to operate in a heightened health and safety environment focused on social distancing. This disruption is fundamentally...

Task 59's Summer Newsletter

Summer newsletter of project Task 59 is out!   The contents are the following:   SAVE THE DATE! Task 59 Final Conference. Call for abstracts extended to 15th September 2020 HIBERATLAS Platform...

The role of microgrids in India

India is a growing country of 1.3 billion people. The energy needs are increasing and people from all corners of the country have started engaging in small businesses and demanding better infrastructure.   The country, however, only...

Be part of the EUCF adventure !

The European City Facility (EUCF) aims to support municipalities and their groupings in developing investment concepts related to the implementation of their climate and energy action plans.    All municipalities and their groupings (with ...

Urbantech: Better technology for cities of the future

According to the UN, up to 70 percent of the world's population is expected to live in cities by 2050. This creates major challenges and calls for new innovative and digital solutions that can push construction and urban development in a...

“Biophilia, connecting Health and Wellbeing with Buildings and Land” IX BioEconomic® Sitges Day 2020

Nature integrated in Buildings and the urban landscape, sustainable territory and respectful of biodiversity. The Town hall of Sitges and BioEconomic® are happy to invite you to the IX BioEconomic ®Sitges Day 2020 : “Biophilia, connecting...

Transition in real estate: Construction21's programme at Propel by MIPIM

Construction21 is a partner of MIPIM and of Propel by MIPIM, an event dedicated to real estate, cities and innovation, that gathers the real estate and service providers ecosystems (2,500 decision-makers are expected).   On 14 September,...

Preview of the Green Solutions Awards 2020/21

The Green Solutions Awards, powered by the Construction21 network, contribute to the necessary transition of the real estate and construction world, from building to city. This national and international competition brings innovative, high...

[Green Solutions Meetup] Low-carbon construction or renovation: what solutions?

On September 14, capitalising on the Propel by MIPIM event – an important meeting point between the "game-changers" of real estate, cities and innovation – Construction21 is organising a new session of Green Solutions Meetup. This highly...

|Online course| Safe operation of buildings and HVAC systems during the COVID-19 pandemic

This online course (~6 hours) covers key topics on how to resume activities, safely operate buildings and specifically use densely occupied indoor spaces during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The course is based on the REHVA COVID-19...