urban design and planning

InSmart aims to develop a complete "smart" methodology for achieving an integrated energy planning at a city level. The method takes into account energy efficiency improvement measures in public and private buildings, transport within the city, local energy production, and the energy footprint of waste management and water. The pilot application of the method was done during the project in four cities Trikala in Greece, Cesena in Italy, Evora in Portugal and Nottingham in UK.
Post date: 11 Nov 2016
Type: Link

The International Energy Agency's Energy in Buildings and Communities (IEA-EBC) Programme newsletter carries regular reports of energy policy development and research activities taking place in various countries. It contains updates on ongoing and planned research projects, features new publications and website information, as well as topical articles of a general nature. It is intended for those active in fields relating to operational energy saving for buildings and communities.   The IEA-EBC news Issue 64, November 2016 contains the following articles:  
Post date: 2 Nov 2016
Type: Publication

The International Conference on Design & Sustainable Innovation for Smart Cities will take place on 8 December 2016 in Nice, France. The event will feature professionals from leading research institutes and industry gathering to present key initiatives which combine Energy Efficiency and Service Design for Smart Cities. In addition to live presentations, there will be interactive demo sessions for participants to engage with the products and systems that will be presented.  
Post date: 2 Nov 2016
Type: Evento

Innovations in waste management systems need new regulations for the management of sustainable landfills
Post date: 19 Set 2016
Type: News

Building for people and the planet   Building Sustainability SGBC16 with WorldGBC Congress Sweden, which will take place from 17 to 20 October 2016 at the Stockholm Waterfront, in Stockholm, Sweden, brings together stakeholders working with sustainability in real estate, architecture, construction and urban planning.  
Post date: 22 Ago 2016
Type: Evento

6,000 houses from Riga should benefit from funding for energy renovation   The municipality of Riga has created a revolving fund linked to a soft loan scheme which will provide loans at a low interest rate destined for citizens and non-profit organizations in order to increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy and to reduce energy consumption.  
Post date: 4 Ago 2016
Type: News

Energy Saving Potentials and Air Quality Benefits of Urban Heat Island Mitigation   This article suggests that cooling demand can be decreased through a large-scale implementation of heat-island mitigation measures.  
Post date: 1 Ago 2016
Type: Publication

The use of reflective and permeable pavements as a potential practice for heat island mitigation and stormwater management   Elevated summertime temperatures in cities increase energy demand for cooling. This paper suggests the use of reflective and permeable surfaces to reduce the daytime high surface temperature in summer. Permeable pavements under wet conditions could give lower surface temperatures than impermeable pavements. The cooling effect highly depends on the availability of moisture near the surface layer and the evaporation rate.  
Post date: 1 Ago 2016
Type: Publication

For a successful energy transition, Germany needs to improve the energy efficiency of whole city quarters. An integrated approach “from the building to the quarter” allows to increase the energy efficiency of the building stock, having in mind affordable apartments and senior-friendly refurbishment. Since 5 years, communes with the aim of improving the energy efficiency of whole city quarters can receive grants by the state-owned KfW bank. So far, energy improvements in more than 550 city quarters have been launched.
Post date: 12 Lug 2016
Type: News

Die Forschungsprojekte der Förderinitiative Energieeffiziente Stadt (EnEff:Stadt) des Bundesministeriums für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi) zeigen eindrucksvoll, welchen Beitrag technische Innovationen und die systemische Betrachtung der Gebäudeeffizienz auf Quartiersebene leisten können. Im Mittelpunkt stehen außerdem vielschichtige Versorgungsstrategien, um im Zuge einer nachhaltigen Stadtentwicklung den Primärenergiebedarf deutlich zu senken.
Post date: 12 Lug 2016
Type: Publication