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The “washing machines” district smartens up to halve energy consumptionThe “washing machines” district smartens up to halve energy consumption

A peripheral district in Genoa, Italy, has become a smart city lab. The project has improved apartment conditions, reduced waste and lowered the energy bill, all with the help of citizens

Solar energy: “googling” your roofSolar energy: “googling” your roof

Internet users can assess the solar potential of their roofs through a platform developed by Google. The online “calculator”, which was only accessible in the US, has now reached Europe, starting in Germany

Tackling the ethical challenges of big dataTackling the ethical challenges of big data

An authority on social data, Susan Etlinger argues we need to apply critical thinking and exercise caution as we enter the age of “data ubiquity”

World Sustainable Energy DaysWorld Sustainable Energy Days

28 February – 3 March 2018 | Wels, Austria

Sustainable placesSustainable places

27-29 June 2018 | Aix-les-Bains, France

R2CITIES Lavatrici district demo site on the agenda at this year’s Genoa Smart WeekR2CITIES Lavatrici district demo site on the agenda at this year’s Genoa Smart Week

On Wednesday 22 November, we’re putting on two events as part of Genoa Smart Week

Lavatrici district demo team at Genoa Smart WeekLavatrici district demo team at Genoa Smart Week

Members of R2CITIES Italian demo team took part in this year’s Genoa Smart Week in November.

Starting the R2CITIES home runStarting the R2CITIES home run

In late October, the R2CITIES team met in Kartal, Turkey, for its second-to-last project meeting. As we look ahead to the final months of the project, our attention is on the monitoring of the works. This will allow us to build a picture of the energy savings and the overall sustainability of the endeavours over the last four years.

For EUSEW 2017, R2CITIES organised two webinars about avoiding the pitfalls of residential district retrofittingFor EUSEW 2017, R2CITIES organised two webinars about avoiding the pitfalls of residential district retrofitting

Many pitfalls lie in wait for the unwitting district renovator. Not only is it crucial to be cost-effective and environmentally sustainable, but you have to involve stakeholders and take on board social aspects too. Many variables. Many wrong turns possible. You therefore need to plan carefully and then adjust your heading throughout the project. Getting your design methodology right and managing your data are therefore key to successful retrofitting. 

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