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Certified passivhaus school built with biosourced materials

The theme of the 2019 UP STRAW YEARBOOK is ’the straw experience to learn in’. It aims to inform and inspire you about the application of straw as a building material in schools and educational buildings. The article we highlight today comes from...
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Average home is more spacious now than ever – here’s why that’s a problem for the environment

Around the world, more people are living with more space at home than at any other time in history.   This may be surprising – cramped, dingy rooms are as familiar in Shanghai as they are in London. But on average, the space per person in Chinese...
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Prefabricated straw panels in UK Schools

Prefabricated straw bale construction systems use a natural, low carbon, renewable product, providing high levels of thermal insulation. This modular approach appeals to the creative side of architects and can make life much easier for builders.  ...
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RE4 Project: final video

The RE4 project has reached its end. The research project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. The RE4 project was based on a collaboration of 13 partners from science and industry.   The main goal was...
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First school in Belgium insulated with straw

The theme of the 2019 UP STRAW YEARBOOK is ’the straw experience to learn in’. It aims to inform and inspire you about the application of straw as a building material in schools and educational buildings. The article we highlight today comes from...
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Blown-in straw for renovation

Straw building techniques that use straw bales will, inevitably, give a minimal wall thickness related to the bale size.  In the sports hall renovation project at Tilburg, with 1 000 m² wall, this could lead to higher costs and performance than...
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Valladolid Changes Mindsets to Renovate Buildings

Despite strong initial reluctance to the innovative retrofitting of their flats, residents in a Valladolid district (Spain) are now enjoying improved comfort and lower fuel bills as they head towards winter, all thanks to an EU-funded project,...
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How to finance Green Investments ? Insights from the PROSPECT Workshop in WSED 2020

The central question about financing Green Investements is often: How? It can seem difficult to find available money for a first investment, and this is an important issue for households but also municipalities and regions. In Europe, there are more...
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Greening our cities with district energy!

Decarbonisation of the heating and cooling sector is a major challenge to reach carbon neutrality in a near future. One solution is to provide renewable and low carbon heat thanks to district energy. Today’s most advanced 4th and 5th generation...
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Our Buildings: Accelerating climate action in buildings - New report available in English, Romanian and Bulgarian

The project ‘Our Buildings’, supported by the European Climate Initiative (EUKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), aims at developing capacity and transferring knowledge to enable...