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Mitigating the impacts of extreme weather
Extreme weather events such as heavy rainfall, storms, floods or forest fires can considerably damage roads, railways, communication systems and power lines. Now, researchers within the EU-funded RAIN project—due to be ...
Cities join forces to retrofit districts
All over Europe cities and towns strive to become climate smart. They revamp their energy districts, step-by-step, while looking across borders to learn from best practice.
African swine fever threatens Europe
African swine fever, or ASF, is a viral disease that kills almost every pig it infects and is likened to Ebola. It gained a foothold in Georgia in 2007, when contaminated pig meat landed from a ship from South-East Africa ...
Brown versus white bread: the battle for a fibre-rich diet
Choosing novel bread for its nutritious value without losing the attractiveness of white bread, is now possible thanks to European research
Residential energy-saving retrofitting program engages local inhabitants
One of the biggest challenges of retrofitting projects is to make them attractive to residents. Now, one of them, the EU-funded project R2CITIES, is analysing the initial first feedback received from residents of the Cuatro ...
Learning from new, very low-energy buildings
A holistic approach is necessary to successfully plan and construct energy efficient buildings. But implementing best practices elsewhere is not a straightforward task.
Multifold challenges for districts level retrofitting
Retrofitting a district is quite different from retrofitting a single building: the technological challenges involved are far greater.
Assessing the performance of energy efficient buildings
Monitoring so-called key performance indicators enables engineers to evaluate whether a newly erect building is as energy efficient as originally planned.
The road to quantum computing
Anticipating the advent of the quantum computer, related mathematical methods already provide insight into conventional computer science.
Inclusive approach to comprehensive retrofitting project
Cuatro de Marzo is a district in the southern part of the Spanish city of Valladolid. It is a dense residential area with 190 privately-owned dwellings, developed in 1955. The area is populated by a series of buildings of ...