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Municipalities in Sweden powering cities from renewable energy sources
By relying on district heating combined with heat and power production, municipalities in Sweden power their cities from renewable energy sources.
Learning from the past to prepare for future extreme weather events
Understanding which extreme weather events may have caused problems in the past leads to assess the potential impact of future such events on infrastructures.
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.