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21 March 2018

Ecofriendly nano wood developed to replace styrofoam insulation

A lightweight, strong material derived from wood works better than the heat-insulating substances used today. The insulator, which its developers call “nanowood”, is easy and cheap to make, biodegradable, and could slash the carbon footprint of homes and office buildings. Researchers have been searching for low-cost, effective insulators that are sustainable. The team of scientists and engineers […]

20 March 2018

Smart lampposts could deliver energy savings of between 50-70%. 

European cities spend around €3bn on streetlighting each year, and this figure could be reduced to around €900 million through smart lampposts, An EU smart cities programme is pioneering the delivery of smart lampposts in six cities across Europe, including London, Lisbon and Milan. ‘Sharing Cities’ is aiming to provide an initial 56,000 units in […]

16 March 2018

Despite improvements critical gaps remain in Europe’s environmental performance

The European Union (EU) is making stronger progress towards a resource-efficient, low-carbon economy than in protecting biodiversity, natural capital and people’s health. But importantly the EU remains on track towards meeting its key climate and energy targets by 2020. Moreover, Europe’s economy is growing faster than its use of raw materials, indicating better resource efficiency. […]

14 March 2018

3D printing project aims to revolutionize low-cost housing

A new type of 3D printer has been unveiled is able to build houses using concrete in 24 hours at a cost of just 4000 dollars. The development is targeted at the Third World where speed and low cost are essential. The project is a collaboration between a U.S. housing non-profit New Story and construction […]

13 March 2018

Harvard research shows Green Buildings help people think better

The indoor built environment plays a critical role in our overall well-being. We spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, and buildings have a unique ability to positively or negatively influence our health. Research at Harvard University shows that people working ini green buildings register cognitive scores are 61-101% higher! The Harvard study was […]

9 March 2018

EU unveils green finance strategy to mainstream sustainable investing

The European Commission has unveiled a sweeping new strategy to boost the role of sustainable finance in driving emissions reductions throughout the trading bloc. The long-awaited Action Plan on sustainable finance sets out a roadmap for helping the EU drive the €180bn of additional investment that is estimated to be needed every year to hit the EU’s […]

7 March 2018

Thirteen major cities could see ‘alarming’ 2°C rise over next decade

A new report indicates that Geneva is set to warm by as much as 2.5C in the 2020s and thirteen cities worldwide are projected to see “alarming” rises in temperature that could exceed 2C over the next decade or so. The Belgian city of Leuven faces the highest potential increase among a hundred cities that were included […]

7 March 2018

Integrated carbon capture solution unveiled for cement and concrete

A team of five companies led by CarbonCure Technologies has unveiled the world’s first integrated CO2 capture and utilisation (CCU) from cement for concrete production. Cement is the binding agent that when added with ingredients like sand, aggregate, admixtures, and water, is used to form concrete products, which is the most widely used building material in […]

2 March 2018

Swedish utility plans major investment in large scale solar generation 

The Swedish state utility Vattenfall plans to invest $100m in large scale solar energy generation over the next two years as it steps up its plans to become fossil fuel free “within a generation”. The SEK1bn investment will go towards developing solar power plants, primarily large scale, throughout 2018 and 2019. The company said it […]

28 February 2018

100 cities worldwide now get over 70% of electricity from renewables

Major cities such as Auckland, Nairobi, Seattle and Vancouver now get the majority of their electricity needs from renewables such as hydro, geothermal, solar and wind. The list, compiled by non-profit CDP, is more than double the 42 cities that reported that they were powered by at least 70% clean energy in 2015. With cities […]

27 February 2018

EU digital construction seminar points way to common European strategy

A high level EU seminar on digital construction brought together four organisations of major industries (CECE, Construction Products Europe, FIEC and EBC) to develop a vision of a common European digital construction strategy. “Having a collaborative and inclusive strategy for the European construction industry will help us to figure out where our industry wants to […]

23 February 2018

Urban growth demands sustainable resource use, says IRP report

At least 200 new cities will be built in Asia in the next 30 years and urban demand for resources could rise by 125 % without intervention. These are challenges facing the world as urban areas around the world continue to grow. Slightly more than a third of urban growth is expected to come from […]

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