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Interview with Talina Edwards: Women Driving the Passive House Industry

Women Driving the Passive House Industry is iPHA’s interview series to highlight the remarkable women working in the Passive House community.   As part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, the iPHA team interviewed a handful of...

Upcoming Report: Renewables in Cities

Coming 18 March 2021: the second Renewables in Cities Global Status Report. Click here to register for the launch event and/or sign up to receive the report.   Cities’ secret advantage in the energy transition is their ability to act...

A successful renovation: the story of Mariënheuvel

The makeover of 4RinEU demo case in the Netherlands was completed in July 2020. According to the latest estimates, energy demand will be reduced by 80%.   Mariënheuvel is a residential building for elderly people located in Soest and owned...

Long-Term Renovation Strategies not on track to deliver climate-neutrality by 2050, indicating need for full revision of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

BRUSSELS, 10 March 2021 - A new report launched today by the Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) finds that EU Member States continue to underplay the role of the building sector in delivering a climate-neutral...

Celsius Talk: Sustainable financing for heating and cooling

There are more green financial instruments than ever before from major funders and investors supporting sustainable solutions.   Still, it is very challenging for cities and heating and cooling providers to find adequate capital allowing...

How to Prepare for a Remodeling Project

You might notice that your building is starting to look old and outdated. Even after years of continuous maintenance and repairs, a come will time when it still won't look as good as before.   If you want to give your building a complete...

Principles for a sustainable built environment / DGNB Registered Professional Training

Fact check: 90% of our time is spent indoors 54% of waste comes from the construction sector 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions are from real estate and construction.   These are clear indicators why we need more people to change the...

This is how we create the age-friendly smart city

Shutterstock Sonja Pedell, Swinburne University of Technology et Ann Borda, The University of Melbourne Senior citizens need help and encouragement to remain active as they age in their own communities.   Given the choice, that’s what most...

You need all 6 pieces of the puzzle to build urban resilience, but too often it’s politics that leaves a gap

Greg Brave/Shutterstock Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes, Griffith University; Elnaz Torabi, Griffith University et Michael Howes, Griffith University With most of the world’s people now living in urban areas, the coronavirus pandemic has...

Get ready for the 2nd EUCF Call!

The Second Call for Applications of the European City Facility will open on the 29th March 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity! Apply before the 31st May 2021, 17:00 CET.   In this second round, an even larger number of beneficiaries will be...

Get to know BAPAURA – Supporting renovation in France

Introducing BAPAURA – a European project funded by Horizon2020 to support energy renovation in the French region of Auvergne Rhônes-Alpes.    On an autumn day in 2020, national and regional agencies from Auvergne Rhônes-Alpes got together...

Wanted: Green business ideas to fix climate change

Starting today, the seventh edition of the global green business ideas competition ClimateLaunchpad opens for applications.   The program, supported by EIT Climate-KIC and TU Delft, helps aspiring entrepreneurs grow their cleantech ideas...

Edinburgh: building climate resilient infrastructure and communities

A labyrinth of cobblestone streets, dimly lit and presided over by an imposing castle, Edinburgh’s city center has seen centuries of history.   But the climate crisis is threatening this heritage as summers are getting warmer, extreme...

The biggest library dedicated to straw construction

The partners of the UP STRAW project have created a library of more than 400 publications dedicated to building with straw.   It is for everyone - amateurs, construction professionals, promoters, scientists or those who simply want to know...

[New date] 25 March: 10 more days to apply for the Green Solutions Awards

Seize the opportunity! Construction21 is offering you 10 more days to publish the case study that will take you into the Green Solutions Awards adventure.   You have now until the 25th of March 2021 11:59pm… This extra time is sufficient...

Climate Change Brings Increased Risk of Flooding

Forest fires, rising sea levels and melting ice all link back to climate change. Yet what about flooding?   There are three common types of floods, including storm surge, river and flash events. Could climate change increase the risk of...

Cambodia Models the Way in South East Asia: The Quest to Boost Energy Efficiency 

According to the International Energy Agency, energy efficiency constitutes in Asia, alongside the deployment of renewable energy, one of the two fundamental leverage points required to achieve the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement...

RES4BUILD project advances development of integrated renewable energy based solutions tailored to end user needs and requirements

The Renovation Wave aims to accelerate improvements in the energy performance of 35 million buildings across Europe by 2030.   Much emphasis is on advancing technology integration by developing integrated and compatible technology packages...

CEN-CE scheme enters commercial stage

The CEN-CE project's H2020 implementation stage has recently come to an end.   Every end is a new beginning, as they say...   Stay tuned for the first commercial training and certification sessions as early as 2021.   Meanwhile, please...

[Video] Smarter Together – Simmering, the district born of a participatory approach

Smarter Together is a project funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to bring together the cities of Lyon (France), Munich (Germany), and Vienna (Austria).   Simmering is a district located in the south-...