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Students learn first-hand about energy efficiency at school
Improving the energy efficiency of existing buildings is a formidable sustainability challenge. And demonstrating it isn't that easy either.
Bio-based insulation materials may be the construction industry's best kept secret
Good news for those planning to build a new home: novel insulation materials based on plant waste, such as straw, clay and grasses could offer 20% better insulation than traditional materials.
A lesson from Spain about social acceptance in new smart energy districts
Torrelago is one of the largest residential districts in Europe. Located in the Spanish city Laguna de Duero, near Valladolid, it consists of 31 blocks of flats with more than 4,000 residents. The district is experiencing ...
Smart cities and human factor—the social challenge
People do not seek urban regeneration. This is because they do not see it as a necessity.
Preventing a Fukushima disaster in Europe
Improved safety management and further collaboration between experts is required to minimise the risk of flooding at coastal nuclear plants in Europe.
Taxes and renewable energy surcharges raise the cost of wind power
On 22 April 2015, it is world Earth Day. The idea is to raise awareness of the need to rely on renewable energy. The EU requires its member states to provide a a 27% share of renewable energies by 2030—up from a 23.3% ...
Accelerating delivery of smarter cities and districts to achieve energy goals
Making substantial reductions in energy demand, green house gas emissions and incorporating renewable technologies at district and city level is a tricky task. A new community of cities is discovering real solutions with ...
Modeling platform shows environmental impact of retrofitted buildings
A new modelling platform can create scenarios designed to show the environmental impact of retrofitted buildings. It also helps calculate the expected reductions in energy consumption and the related costs of refurbishing. ...
Solar beam collectors, key to enhancing solar power
New technologies could soon bring more effective ways of harvesting solar power. That is the case with small size concentrated solar power, or CSP. It is a relatively new technology compared to the more mature photovoltaic ...
That's a bioplastic wrap
Bioplastics take on traditional petrochemical plastics in food packaging, with some challenges.