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What do they do? At the ZEN Research Centre, they conduct research on zero emission neighbourhoods (ZEN) in smart cities. Their goal is to develop solutions for future buildings and neighbourhoods with no greenhouse gas emissions and thereby contribute to a low carbon society.  
Post date: 18 okt 2019
Type: Link

Living labs are user centred initiatives where knowledge production involves individuals or user groups affected by sustainable transitions. The FME Research Centre on Zero Emission Neighbourhoods in Smart Cities (ZEN) has chosen living labs to secure user engagement and as a framework for the organisation of user involvement in pilot projects.  
Post date: 18 okt 2019
Type: Publication

Climate change is one of the most serious challenges facing our world today. Its effects are being felt on all continents and are predicted to become more intense in the coming decades. These changes have the power to transform our world, affecting our environment, health, food and water supplies and pose threats to global security and stability.
Post date: 17 okt 2019
Type: Publication

Historic buildings make up a considerable part of our building stock (one fourth for Europe). They are the trademark of numerous cities, and they will only survive if maintained as a living space. This means, that in order to save this heritage for future generations, we need to find conservation compatible energy retrofit approaches and solutions, which allow to preserve the historic and aesthetic values while increasing comfort, lowering energy bills and minimizing environmental impact.  
Post date: 16 okt 2019
Type: Link

Climate and cultural based design and market valuable technology solutions for Plus Energy Houses CULTURAL-E aims to define modular and replicable solutions for Plus Energy Houses (PEHs), accounting for climate and cultural differences, while engaging all key players involved in the building life cycle; to create comfortable, efficient, and affordable indoor environments.  
Post date: 16 okt 2019
Type: Link

FleXible user-CEntric Energy poSitive houseS The EXCESS project builds up on nearly-zero energy multi-storey building (consumption below primary energy threshold) residential concepts of the main 4 EU climatic zones towards Energy fleXible user-CEntric poSitive houseS (EXCESS).  
Post date: 16 okt 2019
Type: Link

A fresh approach to social housing: Lacaton & Vassal architects, Frédéric Druot Architecture and Christophe Hutin Architecture have gained the 2019 Mies van der Rohe Award for their transformation of 530 apartments in the Grand Parc Bordeaux project.
Post date: 16 okt 2019
Type: Geval

Valuing and Communicating Multiple Benefits of Energy-Efficiency Measures Project-level investment decisions take account of many factors, rarely tackling one issue in isolation. Company decisions are based on its strategic priorities and values, an assessment of the risks involved, and anticipated benefits (e.g., increased productivity, regulatory compliance, reduced maintenance, greater reliability, improved workforce satisfaction and retention).   
Post date: 15 okt 2019
Type: Link

A POsitive Energy CITY Transformation Framework Objective POCITYF is a smart city-oriented project, whose major goal is to deliver a set of Positive Energy Blocks – a limited geographic area whose average local renewable generation is greater than its consumption – in the Lighthouse cities of Evora (PT) and Alkmaar (NL) and their Fellow cities Granada (ES), Bari (ΙΤ), Celje (SI), Ujpest (HU), Ioannina (GR) and Hvidovre (DK).  
Post date: 15 okt 2019
Type: Link

The building and industry sectors combined represent about 85% of Europe’s CO2 emissions and about 70% of final energy use. Increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy demand is thus a key strategy to reducing carbon emissions from these sectors. Energy efficiency measures typically pay for themselves over time, but nevertheless, businesses often prioritise other types of investments in lieu of energy saving projects.  
Post date: 15 okt 2019
Type: Evenement