Urbanization

8 February 2019

World’s longest 3D-printed concrete bridge opens in Shanghai

3D-printing  using concrete has achieved a new landmark with the construction of the world’s longest bridge in Shangai, China. The single-arched bridge was constructed from 176 concrete units that were printed using two robotic-arm 3D-printing systems. All of the components were printed within 450 hours. The bridge’s structure comprises 44 hollow units, while the deck is […]

5 February 2019

REBUS project shows climate benefits of nature-based solutions in cities

Urban areas occupy only 3 percent of the planet’s surface, but they are responsible for 75 percent of gas emissions. According to projections, by 2050, 6 billion people – or at least 70% of the global population – will be living in metropolitan centres, which might become a living hell, considering the impact climate change has […]

30 January 2019

The City of Boston steps up action to be leading carbon neutral city in United States

To be in full compliance with the Paris Agreement the authorities of the city of Boston are developing roadmaps to reduce carbon pollution in buildings and transportation, and updating its Climate Action Plan. The roadmaps will identify critical action pathways for Boston’s public and private building and transportation sectors, strengthening the strategies needed to achieve the […]

23 January 2019

Reusing buildings should – and must – be the next Big Thing

Sustainability awards and standards touted by professional architecture organisations often stop at opening day, failing to take into account the day-to-day energy use of a building. With the current format unlikely to change, how can we rethink the way what sustainability means in architecture today? The first step might be to stop rewarding purpose-built architecture, and look […]

22 January 2019

Built environment needs to accelerate towards a closed-loop model, says Circle Economy report

A new report released at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos has outlined the urgent need for nations to “wake up to the potential” of the circular economy in order to push the world towards the Paris Agreement’s more ambitious pathway. The Circularity Gap Report 2019 has been produced by non-profit Circle Economy, which […]

18 January 2019

“Cities are on the front lines of climate change,” says report

Cities are where climate change is both fuelled and felt: urban areas generate 70 percent of the globe’s CO2, while at the same time 80% of city dwellers are regularly exposed to unsafe air quality. Indeed, cities are essential to fighting climate change, according to new research. It is both a major contributor to the […]

16 January 2019

Architects and engineers back green construction strategies

The findings from the preeminent study on green buildings have been released and the results are both surprising and encouraging. An international study of architects, engineers, contractors, owners, specialists/consultants and investors from 86 countries shows that the majority (more than 60%) expect to do the majority of their projects green by 2021. Published by Dodge Data […]

15 January 2019

Decentralised solar power is bringing light to remote African villages

Families in remote areas of sub-Saharan Africa with no grid electricity are benefiting was spread of a new generation of home solar systems. Indeed more than 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have no access to power. A new generation of solar packs, supported by innovating financing system is bring electric power to remote regions. […]

8 January 2019

Dutch ‘Energiesprong’ houses cut energy costs in the UK

The pioneering Dutch approach to energy-efficient home renovation is being employed in UK social housing and dramatically cutting energy costs. The city of Nottingham has become the first city council to pioneer the “Energiesprong” (energy leap) initiative, which has radically upgraded the energy efficiency of thousands of homes in the Netherlands. More than 150 social housing […]

4 January 2019

Australian city promotes plans for more green rooftop gardens and communal spaces

Brisbane, Australia’s most biodiverse capital city, is to change its City Plan and encourage developers to include green rooftop gardens and communal spaces on new residential buildings. The amended plan, which was announced by Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, cements council support for more green spaces and communal areas, particularly in apartment projects. “Council will […]

16 November 2018

Green construction increases property value, new study shows

A US study shows that green construction methods increase a building’s value by 4%. The World Green Building Trends 2016 SmartMarket Report (Dodge Data & Analytics’  ) found that leading green building contractors are implementing sustainable practices across their projects and company culture which not only minimize their environmental impact but also to attain competitive advantage […]

14 November 2018

EU backs ‘citizen energy generation communities’

The EU has agreed a legal framework for “citizen energy communities”. Groups of individual consumers can thus generate energy for home use and pool surplus energy for sale to the national grid. The deal should be a boost for small-scale renewable energy production. There are currently around 3,000 energy communities across Europe, according to REScoop.eu, the […]

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