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The district heating network of Heerlen: from flooded coal mines to circular district heating

Now that the gas tap is turned off, new innovative energy sources are needed to heat our homes, offices and other buildings. One of these new energy sources is the circular district heating network of Mijnwater B.V in Netherlands.   What started as...
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How heat grids achieve more CO2 reduction

In order to reach the climate goals in 2050, we must increase the sustainability of almost seven million dwellings and one million buildings in the Netherlands. District heating should be an important part of the solution.   The Planbureau voor de...
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GSA Trends 2019 #7 Renewable energies

Urban wind power is playing the Arlesian game, Africa is demanding electricity, but is having trouble hosting large-scale solar projects. So, the renewable 2019 trend? It cannot be said.   This is obvious in some countries but not in others. And...
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Open Innovation Call targeting air quality and urban heat island effect launched

The City of Copenhagen’s department Resilient and Sustainable City Solutions within the Technical and Environmental Administration is partnering with Access Cities alliance to find solutions for the City’s most present and acute environmental issues...
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GSA Trends 2019 #8 Nature in the city

In the 2019 edition of the Green Solutions Awards – Districts, there are 15 case studies participating, projects coming from all over the world, countries such as France, Belgium, Colombia, Russia, Brazil, China, Argentina, Austria and Malaysia.  ...
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GSA Trends 2019 #5 Technological solutions: a second wind

Low tech and low carbon do not mean the end of technology.   On the contrary, these Green Solutions Awards seem to show that "technosalvation" is not the only alternative on well-designed projects.   A look back at the 2019 trends in this fifth opus...
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5th generation heating networks: A challenge to integrate the new business model

5th generation heating and cooling networks are now showing up with the promise of new services.   What are these new services and how can blockchain technology facilitate their implementation?   Heating and cooling accounts for 50% of the EU's...
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Women in Construction, Leadership Summit: Empowering women in the European construction industry

What makes a great woman a leader in the construction industry? On 26 September 2019, at Centrale Lille, 20 women with an exceptional career path from Europe (France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Switzerland) and beyond (Canada, USA,...
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GSA Trends 2019 #6 Urban solutions and the urban environment

We often speak wrongly of sustainable cities, forgetting that any construction, whatever its scale, is part of a whole from which it is inseparable.   In 2019, a clear trend is emerging, namely to take into account the spatial, but also economic,...
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GSA Trends 2019 #2 - Building and resilience: necessary consideration and frustration

Second opus of our trend analysis of the 2019 Green Solutions Awards.   A short tour in warm climates, where building resilience and adaptation are essential. 2.1. The resilient building: a reality   The construction resilient buildings goes beyond...