Life Cycle Thinking to Save Water in Buildings
Nov15

Life Cycle Thinking to Save Water in Buildings

With Europe facing water scarcity, the European Union (EU) is applying a life cycle thinking framework called Level(s) to save water in buildings. By Robert C. Brears* In the EU, water scarcity is becoming more frequent, affecting at least 11% of the population and 17% of its territory. Despite this, 20-40% of Europe’s available water is being wasted through leaks, lack of water saving technologies, and unnecessary irrigation. Under a...

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Helsinki’s Cool Green Factor
Aug02

Helsinki’s Cool Green Factor

Helsinki has released its new City Plan which sets the direction of the city’s growth over the next 30 years and beyond, all the while considering an increasing population and climate change. Over the next 30 years, Helsinki’s population is expected to increase from 621,000 to over 800,000 inhabitants. With urban development commonly reducing the number of green areas in cities, Helsinki’s urban areas will be more prone to climatic...

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HafenCity: A resilient European city on the waterfront
Jul05

HafenCity: A resilient European city on the waterfront

Globally, rising urban populations are increasing the number of people, and the amount of infrastructure, exposed to climate change-related extreme weather events. At the same time, the growth of cities has contributed towards climate change through increased emissions. HafenCity, a resilient European city on the waterfront One city that is exploring urban solutions that protect both people and infrastructure from climate change,...

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Creating a green skyline
Mar18

Creating a green skyline

Green building certification schemes have proliferated around the world as cities and countries attempt to reduce the environmental impacts of the built environment. One location that is pushing ahead with achieving real environmental gains in this sector is Singapore. Since the introduction of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Scheme in 2005 more than 2,700 buildings in the city-state have been...

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Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions
Mar08

Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions

Globally, buildings are responsible for 40% of annual energy consumption Click & Tweet! and up to 30% of all energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The building sector is also responsible for 12% of all freshwater use Click & Tweet! . With energy and water inextricably linked, reducing water consumption in buildings will in turn reduce GHG emissions. Ontario’s drive to cut building emissions In Ontario, private buildings,...

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