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FAEN about to complete 10 local sustainable energy and climate plans

Fundación Asturiana de la Energía (FAEN), the regional energy agency of the Asturias region, is participating in the C-Track 50 H2020 project. In line with the project objectives, they have been preparing the Sustainable Energy and Climate...

The Outcome Document of the 15th Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements (GFHS 2020)

The year 2020 has led the world into a decade of action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the UN calls for a networked and inclusive multilateralism which will not only allow the outpouring of global solidarity to combat...

Reducing CO2 by half, in CONCRETE

We are confident that we can reduce the > 7.1 billion ton of CO2 the concrete economy emits per year (study by Prof. Koji Sakai’s) by half, to the benefit of all smart stakeholders. We have now a ROADMAP, yet, that is not enough.   We...

BIMzeED project - Call for trainers!

As part of the BIMzeED project, a number of training modules on the topics of BIM and NZEB have been developed and are available to use for FREE.   These online modules will be of interest to people in Higher or Vocational Education, or...

Project ENES-CE – MENEA involves citizens in energy planning

Medjimurje Energy Agency Ltd. (MENEA) is one of 10 project partners from 6 central European countries that are implementing project ENES-CE – Collaboration between public bodies and citizen energy groups in implementing local energy...

Helping Europe achieve a circular economy transition

EIT Climate-KIC, EIT RawMaterials, EIT Digital, EIT Food, EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility have created a Cross-Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) action aiming to strengthen the collaboration of their activities related to...

Benefits of Proper Exhaustive Construction Safety Training Programs

It is an unfortunate fact that every year thousands of construction employees are injured on the job.   According to OSHA’s reports, the leading cause of serious injury and even deaths on construction sites are falls, strikes from objects...

WorldGBC spotlights female leader driving Asia Pacific’s sustainable building movement

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) ‘Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards’, showcases the businesses and innovators breaking ground for sustainable buildings.   One of this year’s categories, Women in Green Building...

All good things come to an end: H2020 PROSPECT finale

After three and a half years of hard work, this is time for the H2020-funded PROSPECT project to end, but not without great successes and achievements to look back at! Innovative financing is often an option for climate projects, but...

Europe can hit climate neutrality goal at net-zero cost

Although cutting emissions to net-zero by 2050 will destroy jobs and push up the costs of doing business in some sectors, it will bring gains elsewhere that will make up for the difference, according to a new study by McKinsey &...

'First line of defense': COVID-19 prompts rethink in role of buildings

From office workers to students, Americans facing colder weather and more time inside have a pressing question: How can they keep safe amid a pandemic that scientists say thrives in indoor settings?   The search for answers has prompted a...

Houses that could function like plants

Could buildings one day imitate living organisms, intelligently sensing, moving, and responding to environmental stimuli? Negin Imani has developed the first tool translating thermoregulation strategies in the natural world into...

Call for Abstracts - 41st IAQ (2020) Indoor Environmental Quality Performance Approaches

IAQ 2020: Indoor Environmental Quality Performance Approaches Transitioning from IAQ to IEQ Last Chance to Submit an Abstract!   Submit an abstract today before...

ZERO-PLUS: Post Occupancy Evaluation confirms the high levels of satisfaction reported by the occupants of the 4 pilot settlements

The Post Occupancy Evaluation Surveys of the ZERO-PLUS four pilot case studies in UK, Italy, France and Cyprus has been completed and the scientific results confirm the high quality of the projects' design, detailing and construction.  ...

“Complete overhaul” to building renovation practices required to meet higher EU 2030 climate target, BPIE analysis shows

Europe needs to reach a minimum 3% annual deep renovation rate to achieve a strengthened GHG reduction target and a boost for renewable heating and cooling.   Achieving a higher 2030 climate target requires intensified...

The Horizon 2020 project NEWCOM at its final stages

On 01.01.2021, the nearly zero-energy building standard will be implemented for new buildings in EU countries. The construction sector is thus facing both the major task of executing the lowest energy standard of buildings and...

7 H2020 projects partner up to advise EU leaders how to prepare buildings for the energy transition

The transition to a forward-looking climate neutral economy, announced in the European Green Deal, demands an action plan where public and private sector investments are channeled towards climate-friendly technologies and business models...

A new European Bauhaus movement? Count us in!

With its Green Deal, the EU under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen has caused quite a stir. When it comes to climate protection and sustainability, there’s a new spirit of optimism.   It’s right and important that the building...

International DGNB Consultant Training

Become now an international DGNB Consultant and position yourself in the growing market of sustainable buildings. DGNB Consultants carry out auditing work for DGNB Certificates and Pre-certificates for buildings and districts.   The...

WorldGBC and global leaders call for historic Built Environment Day at COP26

The World Green Building Council joins nine international organisations to sign a letter to COP26 President, Alok Sharma, requesting a Built Environment Day at the climate summit in November 2021.   The day at COP26 would be dedicated to...