Eurban Update

Vol. 19, September 2016
Partner's News


The Green Building Solutions Awards is currently booming: over 40,000 professionals from all countries have visited the platform since the launch of the vote on August 29. Users, your opinion matters!

In partnership with Eurbanlab and other institutions, such as the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), Construction21 organises the yearly Green Building & City Solutions Awards to further disseminate best practice solutions. The international competition of exemplary green buildings and eco-districts is followed by a million professionals worldwide!

Contribute by voting for buildings that you find most inspiring. These online votes are an opportunity for you to concretely support your favorite projects, or to encourage realizations that particularly impressed you. And it's a fun way to tell others about innovative examples replicable in other places and sources of progress for the entire industry.

An international jury will decide between the champions of each country on September 29 to elect the international winners. These will be celebrated during an international ceremony, at the COP22 in Marrakech, in the presence of Halima El Haite, Moroccan Minister of Environment and Bruno Léchevin, President of ADEME. The winners will also be offered an international communication campaign, and a video widely disseminated on the Internet.


About the partnership
Earlier this year, Eurbanlab and Construction21 signed a collaborative partnership to launch a comprehensive Showcasing service for the European sustainable building sector. By doing so, the two organisations increase best practice dissemination and the exposure of innovation for sustainable cities (read the official press release here).

Editor's Choice

Featured Article

BREXIT: A Change for European Countries to

Deepen Cooperation on Renewables?

After the Brexit shock in Europe, an intensive debate has started to figure out the future energy strategy of the European Union without the UK. Some analysts believe that the success of the pro-leave vote in the British referendum can open the way for those EU member states which aim to integrate renewable energy faster.

“The UK was strictly against the national targets in the EU’s renewable Directive (20% energy production from renewables by 2020)”, says Severin Fisher, expert in European Energy policy and senior researcher at the Centre for Security Studies in Zurich. After all, the history of their energy production is closely linked to their natural resources of fossil fuels, which is why they started from a very low level of renewable energy consumption compared to other Member States.

Once the UK leaves the EU, Fisher envisages “better chances – for example for Germany – to push for stricter rules through the policy process on the renewables front”. Moreover, the British government has always proposed a so-called “technology neutral approach”, which means that “they should try to fulfil their climate targets but the EU should not prescribe which technology should be used”, he explains.


Urban Innovation
The Growroom is a spherical farm pod that

brings agriculture to city streets

Space10 and Danish architects Mads-Ulrik Husum & Sine Lindholm created an innovative, beautiful urban farm dome that shows how we can bring nature and food farming back to our cities. With a rapidly increasing population, food demands are skyrocketing, but current factory farming methods are hardly sustainable. Space10 wants to address that problem with brilliant solutions like The Growroom.

The Growroom was exhibited first at the CHART ART FAIR in Copenhagen, a fair that exhibits exceptional design from the Nordic region. According to Space10, the Growroom is meant to “spark conversations about how we can bring nature back into our cities, grow our own food and tackle the rapidly increasing demand for significantly more food in the future.”

The Growroom is filled from floor to ceiling, end to end, with vegetables, herbs and other edible plants, with a cozy space in the center to reflect and relax. It is a beautiful way to explore how we can bring more food to our cities in a self-sustaining eco system that can supply hyper-local food that is seasonal, fresh and high quality. Growroom gives us “food that tastes better, is healthier for us, more nutritional and doesn’t put massive pressure on our dwindling supplies of fresh water nor our environment,” says Space10.


Climate Change
Amazon burns as Brazil signs Paris pledge
Forest fires in the Amazon region are reaching record levels as Brazil’s government fails to tackle the deforestation that fuels the country’s high rate of emissions.

Look outside the green buildings industry to advocate it
Finding fresh angles on green buildings could help architects, engineers and planners see how their work ties in to the larger sustainability story. 
Going beyond the building and construction sector to gain different perspectives and fresher ideas for tackling climate change can result in better results, said speakers at the International Green Building Council on Wednesday.

How to create livable, climate resilient cities?
Danish capital Copenhagen consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities – but it is not immune to climate change impacts such as severe flooding. In this interview, architect Camilla van Deurs of well-known urban planning firm Gehl shares how the city is rejuvenating itself and building climate resilience at the same time.

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