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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 January 2018

Floating cities – a practical solution for countering climate change

Floating cities are being developed in Polynesia as a sustainable place to live and a solution for rising sea levels, but they could also potentially help coral reefs recover and provide a habitat for marine life. The construction of the first floating villa is planned for 2020. This would include around 15 islands 82 by 82 […]

20 December 2017

Smart cities: global initiatives for the urban climate

Our cities contain a total of 4.1 billion people, and generate approximately 70% of our total global greenhouse gas emissions. UN projections show that urbanisation combined with the overall growth of the world’s population could add another 2.5 billion people to urban populations by 2050. As both the biggest culprits in creating emissions, and amongst the […]

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