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Housing corporation award jury

At the National Dutch congress “Sustainable built” , a award will be given to housing corporation with the most creative approach regarding climate change.  As member of the jury I was asked to give a a impression of the implications of  climatechange ambitions.  It has been published as a column on the conference website (in…
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Retrofit: Energy-saving or energy-generation?

Just published : our research into the optimal balanced materials package for 0-energy building retrofiit, ZEB . As previous exploring research already showed regarding renovation for row house: better insulate less and add some more PV panels. (B in left graph) . In other words, passivehouse is not the optimal choice from materials perspective in…
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Participating in PhD defense at TU Berlin

Living in cities has the risk of being trapped when systems fail: how to survive? Cities have faded away from their resource base, and consume far above the carrying capacity of their regions , and combined, beyond that of the earth. How to address this ? Katleen deFlander did her research just on this issue,…
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Int. iiSBE Master cooperation Sustainable Building

For some time a few universities work together under iiSBE umbrella in developing master courses in Sustainable Built Environment. The key universities are  UMinho, based in Guimaraes Portugal, and Czech Technical University in Prague.  Others are associated or affiliated to this process.  A major enabler was a EU program I coordinated called  Ides-Edu [1],  in…
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Lectures at RWTH Aachen

The RWTH Aachen  has kindly invited me to give a series of lectures. The Title of the series will be: “Living happily forever on the planet earth” . Starting with exploring a happy planet, the presentation will build a case around the need to go from carbon bomb building to vegetarian building, and the way…
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