Urbanization

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 […]

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, […]

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