Historic renovations in Aachen - or how to reach the right balance between monument and energy conservation
In the framework of the EU-GUGLE Smart City initiative, the municipality of Aachen has renovated a full district of historic buildings. Finding a compromise between monument and energy conservation was not always easy, but open dialogue between the different parties allowed for the development of tailor-made solutions.
New energy efficiency rules adopted to promote smart and sustainable buildings in Europe
Today, buildings represent around 36% of all CO2 emissions in Europe. To help decarbonising this sector, the Council of the European Union adopted new energy efficiency rules for buildings on 14 May, in view of meeting nearly zero energy standards by 2050 and reduce European greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% compared to 1990.
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SINFONIA presented at the Long Night of research in Innsbruck
SINFONIA was present at the Long night of research in Innsbruck, on 13 March 2018. Partners Standortagentur Tirol, alpS and IKB had an interactive stand for kids, their families and the general public on the topic “How will SINFONIA contribute to the city of the future”.
Sinfonia at the “Day of the future. Tyrol 2018”, Innsbruck, 5 March 2018
Sinfonia was present at the “Day of the future. Tyrol 2018 – EUSALP | shaping.future.together. In the interest of the alps”. Partners Standortagentur Tirol and alpS had an interactive stand displaying the Sinfonia videos of the pilot cities Innsbruck and Bolzano, the movie of the wood-gasification-plant of IKB as well as the stakeholder toolkit of alpS.
Refurbishment in Bolzano, the Klimahouse Prespective
Social housing in Bolzano is becoming smarter. At a building site in Via Brescia/Cagliari, IPES is carrying out a very extensive energy refurbishment that involves almost all the architectural elements of the building, from the roof to the boiler room, passing through the façade, staircase areas, balconies, windows and various other systems. Read more!
Good practices for urban energy planning
“Each city is a unique combination of economic, social, environmental, and institutional conditions, which results in various needs, priorities, and capacities” for the development and implementation of smart energy solutions, say SINFONIA experts in Deliverable 2.2 entitled “Good practice district stimulator”.
Borås plans its way towards a sustainable future
On 11 February 2016, the city of Borås, early adopter city of the SINFONIA project, has released a brochure introducing its Energy and Climate Strategy by 2035, thus accelerating its efforts on the way to becoming Sweden’s leading environmental municipality.
Workshop on energy efficient building materials, Turin, Italy
The ECO-SEE and HIPIN projects will held a joint workshop on Energy Efficient Building Materials on the 10th of March 2015, from 9:30 to 15:00 in Turin, Italy.
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La Rochelle reports on its progress towards sustainable development
To assess the progress of the city in the development and implementation of its urban strategy, La Rochelle publishes an annual a Sustainable Development report presenting all the measures taken by the municipality in this field.
Spanish smart cities meet in Bilbao to share experiences on sustainable urban development. Last chance to join!
What does it mean to become a “smart city”? And, more importantly, how to go about it? On the 19thof May, the smart cities of Bilbao, Vitoria, Valladolid, Mogel and San Sebastian will meet in Bilbao to share their experiences with national and European stakeholders, and discuss how to make cities more energy efficient and better places to live in.