Posts Tagged ‘Building retrofitting’
February 21, 2018
Insulation, solar panels, HR glazing and new installations. All over Europe the existing building stock gets updated to become NZEB, a (Nearly) Zero Energy Building. We’d like to know if these renovations live up to their expectations and which investments are the smartest. Therefore we monitor the energy performance of all buildings within the framework […]Read more
What are your experiences with energy-saving measures? Have you taken energy-saving measures at home or not?
December 12, 2017
Let us learn from you so that we can reduce the energy consumption in Europe even further. More and more people are deciding to renovate their house in a sustainable manner: for example with insulation, double glazing or by installing solar panels. You might be one of them. But it is also possible that you […]Read more
The real way to move forward in the energy transition is to consume less energy to heat, move, manufacture … The need is also to gradually replace fossil fuels such as gas, gasoline and fuel oil by renewable energies! To achieve this, the Grenoble metropolitan area has a demanding roadmap by 2030 : reduce all […]Read more
This is what motivated Koos, Frank and Jan to renovate their Amsterdam homes in a highly energy efficient way.
November 28, 2017
About 5 years ago, ventilating the desire to eat less meat would have been frowned upon. Going vegan would have meant social suicide. Not today. Living a more sustainable lifestyle is on the rise. The number of people that separate waste or buy organic is growing. But when it comes to bigger investments, such as […]Read more
June 6, 2017
“Save water: share your shower” / “This designer bag is yours to use during your stay (and much cooler than disposable plastic bags)” These were just some of the nudges in my room at the Mosaic House in Prague, a former office building that has been turned into a BREEAM excellent hotel, where I was invited […]Read more
April 18, 2017
To refurbish apartment complexes, the majority of voting co-owners must be in favor of renovation activities. Collective decision-making is never easy. And if it involves money, well, it is even harder. To cater for that difficulty, the Local Energy and Climate Agency of Grenoble metropolitan area – ALEC, created a participatory workshop called “Refurbish my […]Read more
In Grenoble’s Presqu’ile Ecodistrict, 800 dwellings will be heated and cooled with geothermal energy
April 10, 2017
Awarded by the government “Investments for the future”, Grenoble is making sustainable building a priority, in particular in the Presqu’ile area. For this purpose, the city relies on new technologies and innovations. City-zen takes part in this ambitious project. In addition to being a university and research campus, the Presqu’ile area will host many new […]Read more
December 6, 2016
A first Mur | Mur insulation campaign was carried out between 2010 and 2014. It targeted only condominiums constructed between 1945 and 1975. It enabled the energy renovation of nearly 4,500 dwellings. A new Mur | Mur 2 campaign is operational in the Grenoble Metropolis for the thermal renovation of condominiums, as well as individual […]Read more
How to make a monumental post war building futureproof? Housing cooperation Eigen Haard took up the challenge successfully
How to make a monumental post war building futureproof ? Dutch housing cooperation Eigen Haard took up the challenge successfully: their model is now widely adopted by others. Between 1949 and 1965, 10.000 Nemavo-Airey dwellings were constructed in the Netherlands, half of them in Amsterdam. As the small apartments (40-60m2) and the poor insulation do […]Read more
An interview with Marjolein Cazemier. Together with 9 other couples they transformed a former school building into family homes.
May 19, 2016
“We live in a hyper-modern and energy efficient house, but with the character and atmosphere of a nineteenth century school”. Marjolein and her husband, along with nine other couples, bought an old school building in Amsterdam, Oud-West. Together with their son they now live in a former classroom that has been converted into large house. […]Read more