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 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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
The 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
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
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
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.
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, 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
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
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
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
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
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
The first electric highway of the world is developed in Sweden.
It’s a two-kilometer stretch of freeway in central Sweden with power lines stretched over the righthand lane.
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.
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
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.