Smart Cities & Buildings

Facade greening - "Good for the environment and the feel-good factor".

Interview with Gregor Grassl, Associate Partner at Stuttgart-based planning and consulting firm Drees & Sommer SE.Urban buildings and flourishing nature need not be a contradiction in terms. On the contrary, Gregor Grassl, Associate Partner at Stuttgart-based planning and consulting firm Drees & Sommer SE, explains why green facades make sense, especially in cities.MR. GRASSL, THE TOPIC OF FACADE…

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Is the future of flight smaller, local and more decentralised?
Smart Cities & Buildings

Is the future of flight smaller, local and more decentralised?

Prior to Covid19 the aviation sector was pegged for year on year growth. Historically a sector driven by economies of scale with capacity being concentrated on huge hubs with larger and larger…

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Digital financing platforms - a solution to finance smart city projects?
Smart Cities & Buildings

Digital financing platforms - a solution to finance smart city projects?

(updated 01.07) A few month ago I was starting to look a bit closer to the world of Fintech with the aim to identify new digital financing platforms providing access to finance for smart city…

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How data can increase the re-use of waste energy
Smart Cities & Buildings

How data can increase the re-use of waste energy

A novel platform, to be developed within the project EMB3Rs, will allow everyone in an energy community to explore ways of reusing excess thermal energy on site. Data from a living lab’s cutting-edge…

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Eurovision – how energy efficiency became a showstopper
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Eurovision – how energy efficiency became a showstopper

This week Europe is enjoying three evenings of the Eurovision Song Contest, two semi-finals and the final on Saturday evening. This has been a wonderful way of bringing Europeans together to watch…

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A catalogue of energy efficiency measures for supermarkets
Building Energy Management

A catalogue of energy efficiency measures for supermarkets

The SUPER-HEERO project, co-funded by the European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme, aims at providing a replicable financial scheme for energy efficiency investment in small and medium…

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Pre-commercial procurement for 100% renewable retrofits
Smart Cities & Buildings

Pre-commercial procurement for 100% renewable retrofits

The EU and the USA increased ambitions to reduce carbon emissions. A green recovery from the pandemic should address the buildings sector, since 90% of buildings will still exist in 2050 being…

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35 million time bomb: what’s up with the EU Renovation Wave?
Smart Cities & Buildings

35 million time bomb: what’s up with the EU Renovation Wave?

I feel like a broken record. Every time I’m with a group related to energy and climate, the discussion obviously gets to meeting our long-term objectives. That is quite understandable. But while we…

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Contribution of startups to the energy transition in the building sector
Building Energy Management

Contribution of startups to the energy transition in the building sector

In collaboration with theVdZ Leading Association for Building Technologyto the ISH digital 2021 (cover photo: VdZ e.V.) An energy turnaround in the heating market requires greater efficiency and the…

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How do we get the renovation wave rolling in Germany?
Smart Cities & Buildings

How do we get the renovation wave rolling in Germany?

The European Union announced a major renovation wave last fall. It wants to double the rate of renovation in existing buildings over the next ten years. This is urgently needed, because buildings play…

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