Urbanization

23 May 2018

EU agrees CO2 emissions limits for trucks with 30% reduction by 2030

CO2 emissions from trucks will be regulated under EU law for the first time as part of a package of new rules that also aims to increase efficiency and improve road safety. All new trucks will have to abide by CO2 emission standards under a new proposal revealed by the European Commission on 17 May. […]

22 May 2018

Air conditioning emerges as a key driver of electricity growth

Cooling down is catching on. As incomes rise and populations grow, especially in the world’s hotter regions, the use of air conditioners is becoming increasingly common. In fact, the use of air conditioners and electric fans already accounts for about a fifth of the total electricity in buildings around the world – or 10% of […]

11 May 2018

Urban farming could yield up to 10% of many food crops, says new research

Gotham Greens’ boxed lettuces have been popping up on the shelves of high-end grocers in New York and the Upper Midwest since 2009, and with names like “Windy City Crunch,” “Queens Crisp,” and “Blooming Brooklyn Iceberg,” it’s clear the company is selling a story as much as it is selling salad. Boxed lettuces are already […]

17 April 2018

‘ZERO Code’ launched to cut carbon in new buildings

A new building construction code, which integrates cost-effective energy efficiency standards with on-site and/or off-site renewable energy resulting in Zero-Net-Carbon (ZNC) buildings has been introduced. The world is currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history with two thirds of the expected population of 10 billion will live in cities by 2060. By 2060, […]

6 April 2018

Cities and architects unite to combat climate change

A global competition has been launched, inviting architects to propose innovative solutions that tackle urban density and climate change in different parts of the world. Reinventing Cities is a global initiative that invites architects to explore different ways of tackling the challenges of climate change and urban density through creatively reimagining neglected parts of our cities. This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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