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21 February 2018

UNEP calls on industry to build to net zero carbon standards

The UNEP environment agency has called on industry issues an emergency call to action for the building industry: build to zero-carbon standards and retrofit existing stock. “Near-zero-energy, zero-emissions buildings need to become the construction standard globally within the next decade” to ensure average temperatures rise no more than 2°C. Energy retrofits also need to become […]

20 February 2018

Dutch ‘Energiesprong’ low carbon housing expands across Europe

Energiesprong is an innovative, whole house refurbishment system developed in the Netherland which incorporates a practical and effective funding approach. In the past two years the approach has been launched in France, Germany, the UK and also New York State. It originated as a government-funded innovation programme and has set a new standard in this […]

16 February 2018

Dutch build ‘vertical forest’ skyscraper as social housing

The Dutch city of Eindhoven will play host to new apartments designed to provide a model for low carbon, sustainable residential buildings. The Trudo Vertical Forest Tower will be a 75-meter high skyscraper, which will include space for 125 trees, and 5,200 plants. Vertical forests are the brainchild of Italian architect Stefano Boeri, who hopes […]

14 February 2018

‘Climate Action Tracker’ launched to help business focus on climate policies

  A free online tool The Climate Policy Tracker has been introduced by the “We Mean Business” coalition to help businesses keep up-to-date information on the landscape of climate regulation and realise the benefits of embracing a low-carbon future. We Mean Business is a global coalition of nonprofit organisations working to take action on climate […]

13 February 2018

First BREEAM Infrastructure Certificate awarded to HS2

The HS2 high speed rail project has become the UK’s first infrastructure project to be awarded a BREEAM Infrastructure (pilot) scheme certificate for its ambitious sustainability strategy on Phase 1 of the project. High Speed 2 (HS2) is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom which is aimed to be the new backbone of the national rail […]

9 February 2018

WBCSD companies worth $1.3 trillion invest in circular economy awareness

A new global initiative, Factor10  aims to reinvent the way businesses source, use and dispose sources and materials that make up global trade.  More than 30 international companies valued at over $1.3 trillion have committed to fostering circular economy principles in their processes. The new initiative is part of the Factor10 programme which was established […]

7 February 2018

WorldGBC project helps put renovation into EU energy policy

The World Green Building Council’s BUILD UPON project scored a major win in January when Europe committed to put national renovation strategies at the heart of efforts to tackle climate change – a key recommendation from the project. The publication of the final text of the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) – a key EU […]

6 February 2018

Under2 Coalition gives a strong climate voice to regions

The Under2 Coalition created following the COP21 Paris Agreement now encompasses 205 governments representing more than 1.3 billion people and almost 40% of the global economy, who have committed to reduce GHG emissions by 2050. The Under2 Coalition provides a global forum for sub-national governments to work together towards carbon neutrality by 2050 . Signatories also submit […]

2 February 2018

Making buildings and infrastructure ‘lighter’ could cut extreme heat

With climate change exacerbating the heat-island effect, increasing urban temperatures and adding to heat-related deaths, cities like San Francisco have turned to innovative coating systems that reflect solar rays to cool temperatures and reduce energy use on cooling systems. New research, led by ETH Zurich with support from the University of Tasmania, UNSW, CSIRO and the US […]

31 January 2018

Major Swedish engine plant transformed into ‘climate-neutral’ site

Volvo’s engine factory in Sweden has become the firm’s first “climate-neutral” manufacturing plant after switching to renewable heating. All heating supplied to the Skövde plant will be generated from waste incineration, biomass and recycled bio-products, thanks to a new agreement between Volvo and a local supplier. The site, alongside Volvo’s other European plants, has already […]

30 January 2018

Fungus additive helps concrete repair itself

Researchers have found a fungus which when added to concrete can help it repair its own cracks. There are many concrete structures across the world suffering from serious deterioration. Cracks are very common due to various chemical and physical phenomena that occur during everyday use. Concrete shrinks as it dries, which can cause cracks. It […]

29 January 2018

Is your home the power plant of the future?

With the price of solar power falling dramatically in the past four decades, this development has empowered individuals to install solar panels in their homes and produce their own energy. Individuals with home solar have become more independent and can avoid potential increases in electricity bills from utilities. Moreover, it allows homeowners to better control […]

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