Urbanization

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 […]

26 October 2018

Rotterdam targets construction waste in circular economy drive

The City of Rotterdam has an ambitious plan to become a fully circular city by 2050. It believes there are huge environmental, social and economic benefits to be harnessed from implementing a circular economy. Its plan particularly highlights construction waste which it believes represents not just an environmental problem, but an opportunity. Just as Rotterdam […]

24 October 2018

Urban trees can be critical for carbon reduction and human well-being

New work by researchers at University College London shows that pockets of this urban jungle store as much carbon per hectare as tropical rainforests. Indeed there are actually more trees in London than people and is almost a forest. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and urban trees are critical to human […]

16 October 2018

Paris pioneers zero-carbon social housing to cut urban emissions

The Clichy-Batignolles area of Paris is a former industrial wasteland which has been transformed into a model of sustainable development and the city’s first “eco-neighbourhood”. Amongst other eco features, homes are equipped with solar panels and clean geothermal energy is used for heating. The overriding aim of this eco-effort is to address the city’s affordable housing […]

29 August 2018

‘World’s most advanced’ vertical farm opens in Scotland

An innovative vertical farming demonstration building has been unveiled by Scotland’s Intelligent Growth Solutions Ltd which is is arguably the world’s most technically advanced indoor farm. The IGS facility utilises its ground-breaking, patented power and communications technologies to address the key challenges facing the indoor farming industry. Fundamental barriers of cost of power and labour […]

28 August 2018

Expansion of ‘cool roofs’ can bring major cut to emissions

While green roofs, are becoming are becoming more common as veritable ecosystems, or sky gardens, the use of cool roofs which reflect 80% of solar energy back into the sky could be even more effective in reducing emissions. Green roofs may support a simple carpet of self-sufficient groundcovers such as sedum or full-fledged gardens, parks, […]

24 August 2018

19 global cities commit to make new buildings “Net-Zero Carbon” by 2030

19 city mayors, representing 130 million urban citizens, committed to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions from their cities by ensuring that new buildings operate at net zero carbon by 2030. The mayors of Copenhagen, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York City, Newburyport, Paris, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Monica, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, […]

8 August 2018

Transforming parking garages into the housing of tomorrow

In the United States alone, there are more than 500 million parking spots for 326 million citizens, covering approximately 2,500 square miles of land. But the days of the underground carpark maybe numbered as driving habits change and architects are already planning ahead so they can be converted into homes. In the last few years, practices […]

24 July 2018

Cities in China cut emissions and increase economic growth

Chinese cities are lowering emissions, while also maintaining significant economic growth. More than 90 percent of the 115 cities studied showed gross domestic growth ranging from 40 to 100 percent between 2010 and 2015. Around 90 of these cities performed well on the Low-carbon and Green Index for Cities (LOGIC), which tracks progress and recommends […]

13 July 2018

Energy renovation of buildings is a key tool for urban regeneration

Across the globe more than 30 % of greenhouse gas emissions are the result of energy use in buildings. And by 2050 global building energy demand could increase by 50% if no action is taken. Reaching the Paris Climate goals requires investing in renovation of the existing building stock. Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings […]

10 July 2018

Mayors urge EU to aim for net-zero emissions by 2050

The mayors of ten major European cities -including Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona – have issued a joint call for the EU to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, in line with the Paris Agreement. The joint call by the ten mayors coincides with the launch of a public consultation this week (10-11 July) by the European […]

Showing posts 1-12 of 63
7 Shares