3 April 2019

Major Chinese cities join Paris Agreement low emissions drive

Nanjing, Chengdu, and Qingdao have become the first Chinese cities to join a coalition of over 70 C40 cities from across the globe committed to the bold climate action needed to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Energy consumed by buildings account for 25% of China’s national GHG emissions. C40 is supporting four Chinese […]

20 March 2019

Buildings Fit for the Future: Research to transform construction

Houses and buildings need to keep up with today’s demands. Most of our homes were built in the 1980s, using outdated methods. This causes a number of issues today, such as energy inefficiency. How can we solve these and make our buildings fit for the future? The UK Government is investing in the development of […]

15 March 2019

New EU study shows scenarios for fossil-free energy by 2050

Cutting energy use in buildings, ramping up renewable electricity and developing large-scale storage with hydrogen are key tracks to bring energy emissions down to zero by 2050, according to a new study. Buildings renovation, for instance, can bring up to €23 billion worth of savings on energy bills for households. “The debate is no longer […]

27 February 2019

New Procurement approach improves inner city housing renovation

A new approach to the funding and public procurement of renovation work for council housing renovation is being trialled under the EU-funded Remourban programme. The model uses an innovative, whole-life approach to finance; the cost of the works is designed to be equal to the expected savings in maintenance and energy over a 30-year period. […]

22 February 2019

Are wooden skyscrapers the future ?

Over the past several years, a number of tall wood projects have been completed around the world, demonstrating successful applications of new wood and mass timber technologies. By 2050 the world’s population will see an additional 2.5 Billion people move to cities. Urban sprawl is not usually an optimal solution, so it’s critical that cities […]

20 February 2019

Singapore is leading the way in green urban infrastructure

According to the latest studies, there will soon be 9 billion people inhabiting the earth, with two- thirds of them living in mega cities. Fully vegetated cities seemed like a futuristic idea just a few years ago, they are now already becoming a reality that is fast developing, and all major cities are now including […]

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 […]

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