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Earthquakes, buildings and green energy: Turkey’s balancing act
Earthquakes, buildings and green energy: Turkey’s balancing act

While Turkey is well known as a hot and sunny holiday destination, it also faces low temperatures, which means it has both substantial heating and cooling needs for its building stock. The country also lies in one of the world’s most active seismic zones and energy efficiency measures need to be earthquake resistant

The challenges of integrating new energy-saving systems in occupied buildings
The challenges of integrating new energy-saving systems in occupied buildings

It can be extremely challenging to integrate technologies using renewables sources, such Parabolic Trough Solar Collectors (PTC), a biomass boiler, a cogeneration unit based on Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), an absorption chiller and a cooling tower. But this challenge is even greater when these energy reduction systems need to be coupled to an existing and occupied building.

Organic Rankine Cycle - Drawing the last drop of energy from heat
Organic Rankine Cycle - Drawing the last drop of energy from heat

The challenges of exploiting lower temperatures and lower power are not only technological

When public buildings get smart: new technologies and tailor-made solutions for users
When public buildings get smart: new technologies and tailor-made solutions for users

From thermally activated technologies to personalised microclimates, researchers look for new ways to save energy and increase comfort in public buildings

Building makeover project – retrofitting to boost energy efficiency
Building makeover project – retrofitting to boost energy efficiency

The Bricker project aims at significantly boosting the energy efficiency of working buildings by combining passive and active technologies

Students learn first-hand about energy efficiency at school
Students learn first-hand about energy efficiency at school

An institute in Belgium is about to start retrofitting renovation works. Pupils and teachers have been involved with new courses, visits and an open day 

Energy efficient building in the public eye
Energy efficient building in the public eye

Building showcase projects must guide public buildings to become more energy efficient.