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  • Infrastructures & Urban services: The third database on Construction21
    July 22, 2016

    Currently pioneers in highlighting content related to sustainable construction and green city, the Construction21 platforms are poised to welcome a new database. After eco-friendly buildings and exemplary districts, this tool will highlight the exemplary and innovative infrastructures and urban services, with the aim to spread good practices in urban projects and services. Thanks to the different Construction21 platforms worldwide, this new database will spotlight the French expertise for the sustainable city abroad.

  • Tafilalt: Algeria's first eco-friendly desert city
    July 22, 2016

    The eco-city in the Sahara is a 20-year project to make the desert bloom with all residents helping to plant trees and recycle waste As we drove to the top of the hill, a terraced garden surrounded by low stone walls reared out of the desert landscape, electrified by punches of orange and yellow fruit. An asphalt road separated this green belt from box-like buildings, with identical pastel-coloured exterior and narrow openings. The city we discovered behind an impressive gate made of palm branches was so quiet that it almost looked like an unoccupied fortress.  

  • The Future of Asbestos in Construction
    July 22, 2016

    Throughout the 20th century, asbestos was a staple within the international construction industry. Even today, asbestos continues to be widely used for a number of purposes, both in buildings and for other products. However, over the past few decades, many countries have restricted and even banned the use of asbestos due to the rise in associated diseases. Why is it used? Asbestos has a number of favourable properties, including high heat and chemical resistance. It is also strong and durable.

Publications

  • EU Reference Scenario 2016
    July 21, 2016

    The European Commission's "EU Reference Scenario 2016 - Energy, transport and GHG emissions - Trends to 2050" is a projection of where the current set of energy, transport and emission related policies and developments coupled with market trends are likely to lead up to 2050.   

  • Energy Transition of the EU Building Stock — Unleashing the 4th Industrial Revolution in Europe
    July 18, 2016

    This report aims to support the on-going review/revision of EU climate and energy policy instruments. The objective is to contribute to making 2016 the year of delivery for EU instruments aiming to reduce building’s energy consumption and their related GHG emissions.  

  • Wasserspaß im Passivhaus - Erstes Passivhaus-Freizeitbad verbraucht deutlich weniger Heizwärme als vergleichbare Hallenbäder
    July 15, 2016

    In Bamberg wurde ein neues Hallenbad in Passivhausbauweise errichtet. Das Bad verfügt über eine energieeffiziente Gebäudetechnik mit bedarfsgerechter Lüftung (mit insgesamt 11 Lüftungsgeräten), die auf die unterschiedlichen Zonen Freizeitbereich, Umkleiden, Foyer, etc. abgestimmt ist. Grundlage des Energiekonzeptes ist eine thermisch hochwertige und dichte Gebäudehülle ohne Wärmebrücken. Dadurch kann eine hohe Raumluftfeuchte ohne Tauwasser gefahren werden. Seit Ende 2011 ist das Bad geöffnet und wird detailliert nicht zuletzt zur Betriebsoptimierung gemessen.