Arnhem drives on power of braking buses

Electric highway

Arnhem was not the first trolley city. Boston’s first trolley buses were built by Pullman-Standard in 1936!

From today in Arnhem, electric cars will be powered by the green power from braking buses.

The municipality of Arnhem developed a charging point for electric cars, which is integrated into the mast of a trolley top line. Read More

Innovation needed in the construction industry

Innovation needed in the construction industry

Building information modeling is not a software or a synonym for 3D CAD; BIM is the equivalent of digitalization in the construction industry

Innovation is needed in the construction industry now! What we need are energy-neutral houses and buildings and a circular construction sector in order to realize the Paris Climate Goals 2025/2050. 

Climate neutral homes and buildings can only be realized by a ‘revolutionary innovative construction sector’. The construction industry has always been traditional but now it’s time to shift to really innovate processes to achieve common goals. Read More

City chooses Cradle to Cradle Hall

City chooses Cradle to Cradle Hall

The greenhouse purifies the outdoor air with functional living green before it will enter the building.

The municipality of Venlo preferred a new city hall as state-of-the-art example of Cradle-to-Cradle design. Right now, the City Hall Venlo’s design is a paramount example of applying the Cradle to Cradle design principles on building scale. The Hall is being recognized for many innovations

  • the building is designed for its users and residents, culture and place
  • it is designed to anticipate future innovations and continuous improvements at all scales

This post describes how the dream of a C2C inspired building has been translated into practice, how the process evolved and the benefits it has brought so far. How did they do it?

Reusing materials begins with the knowledge about  products and building. What’s inside and what can we do with it? Read More

MOBACO-A Tiny Houses


Mobaco-A’s starting point is to create a village environment with local resources which can be made by local people themselves. The dwelling units consist of freestanding, semi-switched and switched units that can be linked as needed

The MOBACO-A Concept – MOdular Bio-BAsed Self COnstructing – intents to build adaptable reconstructable shelters for the permanent demand for temporary or tiny houses. 

Beginning 2016 the Dutch Government (COA) issued a competition for constructing for refugees. The Mobaco-A consortium starting point was: respecting both the People and Planet aspects.

This concept house is complete self supplying for it’s energy, water and can be made by de the local people themselves in just two days. Read More

BotBrik: from plastic bottles to building blocks

BotBrik: from plastic bottles to building blocks

Let’s re-use plastic bottles

The founders of the BotBrik Ecological Project, would like you to draw attention to their new patented circular economy plastic bottle design that transforms empty plastic bottles into interlocking bricks.

BotBriks can be used to rebuild the country after natural disasters strike, such as, earthquakes, floods and typhoons, where safe drinking water and building materials are needed.

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Geopolymer concrete is Cement-free

Geopolymer concrete is Cement-free

In the Netherlands, the utilization of Geopoolymer is recommended by the CUR committee as one of the 7 high potentials actions towards the Dutch initiatives on further lowering the CO2 footprint of concrete.

Geopolymer concrete is Cement-free. This Geopolymer product is a more sustainable alternative for ordinary cement based concrete.

It uses a mixture of industrial by-products such as ashes, produced during the manufacturing of steel.

Therefore geopolymer concrete preserves natural resources, produces less CO2 and allows us to use by-products to develop a sustainable construction material. 

It’s a beautiful product which can be used to build for environmentally friendly buildings. Read More

Coming up: BetterWorldConstructions

BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldConstructions Green Architecture and Urban Development

BetterWorldConstructions aims to close the loop of low carbon construction chains. Therefore we organize a workshop named ‘The Future of Building Circular’ in the Netherlands, April 20, 2017. 

We invited the networks of clients, architects and suppliers in the bio-composite materials construction chain, circular construction and low-carbon concrete industries in the Netherlands and in Belgium. Read More

Breeam Awards for most sustainable buildings

Breeam Awards for most sustainable buildingsThe Breeam Awards 2017 – the international award for exceptional sustainable places and projects around the world – have been awarded to beautiful, sustainable buildings.

The high performing winners contribute to high sustainability performance coupled with commitment and vision to creating and maintaining healthy, productive places.

For the first year, the Breeam partnered with GRESB to introduce new award categories for socially responsible investment based on the use of BREEAM and GRESB. Read More

Recyclable Rubber saves billions

Recyclable Rubber Is Possible

This Rubber House is named for its use of recycled rubber conveyor belts screwed onto the exterior of the home to serve as roof and cladding material.

PhD Laurens Polgar has created recyclable rubber.

Until now, rubber was only reusable as low grade product, for example used as pegs or paving stones.

By using a different system, Polgar has made rubber that is completely recyclable to new rubber, while maintaining all its properties.

Polgar won with his invention the Benelux finals of the prestigious Falling Walls Lab and is allowed to participate in the European final in Berlin. Read More

Bans on diesel cars in Munich

Bans on diesel cars in Munich

In response to worsening air pollution problems in many of Europe’s largest cities, Barcelona (Spain) and Munich (Germany) have been moved to action. In Barcelona’s case, voluntarily, and in Munich’s case, as the result of a court order.

From 2018 there will be bans on diesel cars in Munich. 

The court order in Munich follows legal action taken by Transport and Environment’s German member DUH to force action on Bavaria’s breaching of EU air pollution limits in some locations.

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Japan is moving faster towards hydrogen

Japan is moving faster toward hydrogen

If you can prove something like a hydrogen society can work in a city like Tokyo, then it’s a matter of how do they scale it, how do the Japanese ensure that all the ancillary consequences have been addressed, and you only really do this by testing it out.

Japan is moving faster than expected toward an hydrogen energy future. Prime Minister Abe has become a vocal advocate for hydrogen – both to stimulate developments in technology and to help the resource-poor nation lower greenhouse gases. With Japan relying more on fossil fuels since the shuttering of most of its nuclear reactors after the Fukushima disaster almost six years ago, it’s a push that’s gained more urgency.

Toyota is at the forefront of Japan’s efforts to use hydrogen and fuel cells to power cars, heat homes and keep factories running. Other companies pursuing the technology include Panasonic Corp, Toshiba Corp and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. Read More

New drainage tech: the downpipe

New drainage tech: the downpipe

Working of the capacity down pipe (1, empty; 2, filling-up; 3, over-flowing; 4; full; 5, drained)

A case study in Manchester with different solutions for water infiltration and retention systems, showed that soak-aways and infiltration trenches are generally less preferred than capacity down pipes, ponds and filter strips.

And this wateringpipe – the capacity downpipe (CDP) – works even better.

It has a very low footprint, can be integrated in water storage systems and retention. And … it is inexpensive. Read More

First Hyperloop train in Dubai?

First Hyperloop train in Dubai?

With Hyperloop One, we will create a new means of transportation, keeping our region at the forefront of transportation technology and innovation

Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority that could see the firm’s technology applied in the UAE in a new feasibility study.

The Hyperloop concept is based on the idea of people traveling in autonomous pods from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes (typically a ~2 hour drive). Read More

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

Wattway starts 4 SolarRoad Pilots

100 outdoor test sites in early 2018

Wattway, part of the France Colas constructions company, announced that four SolarRoad pilots will be built around the world in 2017.

Bloomberg December 4th:

(…) Colas SA, a French engineering firm, has designed rugged solar panels, capable of withstanding the weight of an 18-wheeler truck, that they’re now building into road surfaces. After nearly five years of research and laboratory tests, they’re constructing 100 outdoor test sites and plan to commercialize the technology in early 2018. (…/) Read More

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Crucial minerals are running out fast

Miners use their bare hands to filter out precious minerals using a sluice. These countries can be compensated of we agree on international quotas for minerals

Critical minerals are running out too fast: there should be quotas

Last week, Theo Henckens has been promoted on this worrying thesis. “We need a kind of international agreement on minerals.”

Molybdenum is a mineral that is essential in the production of high-grade stainless steels. But within 80 years Earth will be running out of molybdenum, like many other major minerals. By the end of this century there will be a shortage, unless the reuse of molybdenum will be drastically increased. Read More

Future traveling with Hyperloop tube 1,000 km / hour

Supersonic transportation with the Magnet Hyperloop

The Hyperloop capsule will be ‘launched’ next June on the 1.6-kilometer test track. The test will start with a 4-second acceleration at 2,4 g, followed by a 10-second ride and an equally brisk braking procedure.

Students at the TU Delft, developed a futuristic tube transport system called the Hyperloop. In future we can travel at the speed of sound.  Read More

The Maglev train travels 4,000 miles/hour

This Maglev train reaches a speed of 4,000 miles/hour. Perfect for international traveling

Speed in initial ET3 systems is 600km/h (370 mph) for in state trips, and will be developed to 6,500 km/h (4,000 mph) for international travel

The Maglev train uses magnets for propulsion.

It is fully suspended by a magnetic field and requires less than 2% of the energy planes use.

The train has no wheels, so nothing can wear up. Read More

Coast protection alternatives

Coast protection alternatives

Hundreds of volunteers helped to restore coast Alabama, building oyster reefs

We need to protect our coasts from global warming and – because of that – the sea level rising. But should we only use concrete seawalls?

Why not use nature against nature. Or a combination with classic engineering?

It’s a beautiful, natural coastal protection and soften shoreline defenses are multifunctional. It’s attractive to all kind of sea lives, tourism, fisherman and therefore a whole industry behind. Let’s have a look at alternatives. Read More

Iconic architecture Uruguay

Iconic architecture Uruguay

The circular shape of the Laguna Garzón Bridge naturally slows down motor vehicles while providing those behind the wheel and on the sidewalks with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

This iconic architecture forces drivers to slow down and enjoy the view.

The Laguna Garzón Bridge crosses the scenic stretch of water that is a haven for many birds and wildlife.

Designer Rafael Viñoly had to consider this sensitive environment that demands vehicle speed be reduced. Read More

Best Building of the Year

Best Building of the Year

Best Building of the Year 2015: The Interlace / Singapore / OMA / Ole Scheeren

What will be the world’s best building of the year 2016? An happiness center in Bhutan, a silo adjoining chapel in Chile or the Chanel shop in Amsterdam with its enchanting brick facade?

This week the nominees have been announced for the World Architecture Festival Awards (WAF), the largest architectural awards festival in the world. In November the award ceremony will be in Berlin. Read More

First electric highway

First electric highway

When the truck goes outside the electrically-powered lane, the pantograph is disconnected and the truck is then powered by the combustion engine or the battery-operated electric motor.

The first electric highway of the world is developed in Sweden.

The first part of an electric highway is ready to use. This project is the result of the collaboration between Siemens and Scania.

It’s a two-kilometer stretch of freeway in central Sweden with power lines stretched over the righthand lane.

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Facade System allows building to ‘breathe’

Facade System allows building to 'breathe'

how to keep the climate comfortable in buildings, without energy-intensive installations

Do you also have dry eyes and headaches in your office building? This new Facade System allows a building to ‘breathe’. Tobias Becker used biomimicry for a pleasant indoor climate. 

German innovation

The German engineer Ing. Tobias Becker has developed a glass facade system that requires minimal energy to generate a pleasant indoor climate. The system allows air through holes and makes buildings ‘breathe’. Read More

App Cuts Sprinkler Water

App Cuts Irrigation Water

The system is ​said to save 50 ​–​70% of ​landscape water ​consumption. And please, use grey water for irrigation

This mobile App saves up to 70% allowing users to customize and control their irrigation systems from their phone. 

Never been easier to commit to a sustainable community. Even when you are not at home!

What if you lawn needs to be watered and you are not at home?  Read More

Highly energy efficient WiFi

Highly energy efficient WiFi

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a passive WiFi technology that reflects only signals. It does not process data

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a highly efficient WiFi.

The wireless network ‘Passive WiFi’ uses a thousand to ten thousand times less energy than current WiFi connections. Read More

Large energy savings

Raw materials and supplies are becoming scarcer. The circular economy is a top priority and industries which will transform into a leader position, will have the most profit of the benefits.

Raw materials and supplies are becoming scarcer. The circular economy is a top priority and industries which will transform into a leader position, will have the most profit of the benefits.

Decrease our CO2 emissions towards a green world?

It is possible according tot Professor Blok from the Technical University Delft.

We can save at least twenty times the energy we are using today. In houses, infrastructure and in industries.

Of course, new green power technology is essential to limit our greenhouse gas emissions. But maybe the missing linke are ‘energy neutral’ and high efficient energy usage. Read More