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workshop Scottish Housing associations

Scotland has the same task as any other country: to reduce CO2 emissions , while housing a growing amount of people at the same time. In a meeting of social housing corporations from the “Highlands and Islands” in Aviemore, I could chair a session to discuss options how to speed up the retrofit of Scottish…
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Lecture in Dundee university

The island Eigg in Scotland develops their own renewable energy grid. Master Thesis Students in Dundee University Scotland, explore and design houses for that island that fit in that Renewable energy grid, in a way that it makes the grid more stable in operation. At the same time using vernacular architecture examples, and local resources…
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Wooden highrises

Higher is not by definition better (think of steeling solar power from the neighbours, or increased weight per m2 floor ) but wooden towers becoming higher and higher surely proofs that there is no reason not to build with renewable material . Embodied energy is far lower as for other construction materials. The wooden tower…
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” nillonthemeter” (NOM) retrofit meeting

Today, we organised the first NOM-day for social housing corporations in the province of Limburg: NOM stands for Nulopdemeter, or ‘ Nillonthemeter’ retrofits of houses. In fact a 0-energy make over with prefab panels in just a few days. This is a NL wide movement under the name of “ Stroomversnelling” , or also known…
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MAXergy: Closing Cycles Calculation tool.

For some years I have been working on a assessment tool, which overcomes some disadvantages of current tools. Like (avoiding) the use of weighing factors, and the absence of depletion of resources. Exergy research has been the driver behind this, and the methodology works under the name of MAXergy: maximising energy and materials exergy within…
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