On Oct. 18, 2007, the Spanish and U.S. governments signed a memorandum of understanding to create Solar Decathlon Europe, a complementary competition to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Spain hosted the first two of these competitions in 2010 and 2012. In 2014, Solar Decathlon Europe will move north to France.
Solar Decathlon Europe 2014
- Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 will take place in Versailles, France, June 28–July 14, 2014. The participating teams are:
- Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts – School of Engineering and Architecture
- Universisad de Castilla – La Mancha and Universidad de Alcala de Henares University
- Chiba University
- ENSA Nantes, ESB, Audencia Group, Audencia Nantes, Ecole des Mines Nantes, ISSBA, IUT Nantes, Architectes Ingénieurs Associés, Atlansun, Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel, Medieco, Novabuild, SAMOA, and SCE
- Technical University of Denmark
- Academy of Architecture and IIT Bombay
- Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria – Valparaiso and Université de la Rochelle – Espace Bois de l’IUT
- Université d’Angers and Appalachian state university
- University of the Arts Berlin and Technical University of Berlin
- Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest, University Politehnica of Bucharest, and University of Architecture and Urbanism “Ion Mincu”
- Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and University of Applied Sciences – Erfurt
- Delft University of Technology
- University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main
- Costa Rica Institute of Technology – Cartago
- Université Paris-Est, ENSA Paris Malaquais, ENSA Marne la Vallée, ESTP Paris, Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech, ESIEE Paris, ENSG, and IFSTTAR
- Universitá Degli Studi di Roma TRE
- King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi
- Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – Barcelona
- National Chiao Tung University
- Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México and the Center of Research in Industrial Design and the School of Engineering and the School of Arts.
Category Archives: Technology
Farmers’ willingness to convert traditional houses to solar houses in rural areas: A survey of 465 households in Chongqing, China
Xuesong Li, Hao Li, Xingwu Wang and al (2013), Farmers’ willingness to convert traditional houses to solar houses in rural areas: A survey of 465 households in Chongqing, China , Energy Policy, Volume 63, December 2013, p. 882–886
In rural China, reducing low-quality fuel consumption and adopting solar technologies can mitigate pollution problems and improve farmers’ living conditions. Before advising farmers to convert traditional houses to solar houses, it is necessary to understand their willingness to do so. Based on the theory of planned behaviour (TPB), this study examined nine factors related to farmers’ willingness (FW). A survey was conducted in Chongqing with 465 participants. Nine hypotheses were proposed based on literature studies. A binary logistic regression model was constructed to test the data with the SPSS software package. Three of the nine factors had positive and significant impacts on FW, which were quality of life, government commitments and neighbours’/friends’ assessments; two factors had negative and significant impacts, which were additional monthly out-of-pocket expenses and switching cost; and the remaining four factors had no significant impacts, which were durability, popularity, timing and local solar market maturity. Based on the findings, suggestions are made to properly introduce solar houses to Chinese farmers and to quickly stimulate market activities.
International Workshop ERC “World Seastems”: Maritime Networks in Space and Time. 16-18 June 2014
This conference is organised by “World Seastems”, a EU FP7 funded research programme and will be held in Paris from June 16 to June 18, 2014.
More than 80% of world trade volumes occur by sea nowadays. Despite this enormous importance, little is known about the precise distribution and evolution of maritime flows. This international workshop on maritime flows and networks wishes to gather worldwide scholars and experts from all scientific and disciplinary backgrounds to introduce and discuss their researches on various related issues. This is a multi-disciplinary event which will investigate how maritime flows and networks of any kind can be analyzed in order to answer major industry and wider societal challenges.
Prof. Gipouloux, member of the UrbaChina programme, will take part to this event.
For more information, please visit: http://www.world-seastems.cnrs.fr/
Conference programmes available at http://www.world-seastems.cnrs.fr/pdf/ERC%20Workshop%20programme_final_31-03-2014.pdf
Sustainable automobility: understanding the car as a natural system
Nieuwenhuis, Paul (2014). Sustainable automobility: understanding the car as a natural system. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar. 208 p. ISBN: 978 1 78347 267 3 (hardback) and 978 1 78347 268 0 (ebook).
If we are part of nature, then so is everything we make. This book explores this notion using the example of the car, how it is made and used and especially how we relate to it, with a view to creating a more sustainable automobility.
We have been trying to make cars cleaner and more efficient, but has this really made them more sustainable? This book argues, within the context of sustainable consumption and production, that we should see the car as a natural system, subject to natural laws and processes. As part of this new perspective we need to change our attitude to cars, building more durable relationships and co-evolving with them. Revolutionary, perhaps; but if we get it right, this approach will allow us to enjoy motoring – albeit in modified form – into the future. The book draws on a range of disciplines, including industrial ecology, engineering, philosophy, anthropology, consumer psychology and object-oriented ontology, as well as providing industry examples to support its innovative case.
- Download from the ebook edition:
Chapter 1: Introduction: a natural history of the car
- See more on Edward Elgar’s website (Table of contents)
- See also : http://www.sustainableautomobility.com/
High-speed rail Oriented New Towns
On August 2013, Shan He (University of Western Australia) presented a paper on the densification of new towns in China at the Resourceful Cities conference held in Berlin1.
In this paper, Shan He looks at the development of the new towns that are emerging next to high-speed rail stations in China (High-speed rail Oriented New Towns, HONT) and the efforts made by local governments to further consolidate these areas. Since the mid 2000s, China has heavily developed high-speed railways. Most of the new stations are located outside city centres, in areas where new towns are developed. In spite of the central government’s mandate to preserve agricultural lands, China’s towns are not suitably dense.
By making a comparison between HONTs in Hangzhou and Tokyo, the author confirms this trend.
This paper identifies several obstacles that prevent the densification of HONTs in China. For one thing, local rail network is not as good in Hangzhou’s HONT: there are fewer metro stations than in Tokyo’s HONT and fewer connections between rail lines. These HONTs fail to become transport nodes. Moreover, transportation within new towns still relies too much on multi-lane roads. Shan He argues that these roads, while planned to ease traffic, only end up consuming large areas that cannot then be used for urban development.
Additionally, the railway terminal and the neighbouring blocks are not properly connected in Hangzhou’s HONT. In the case of Marunouchi (one of Tokyo’s new towns), the railway station is integrated in the new town.
Shan He also stated that urban development in HONT is not adapted to cities with rail infrastructures, using the example of car parks that are too numerous for a town with metro stations;
The author suggests more connections between regional and local rail lines so that HONTs can truly become transportation nodes and thus attract more activity. He also pleads for better planning of these new towns by taking into account the predominance of rail transportation in HONTs.
- Shan He (2013). High-density challenge for Chinese new towns oriented at high-speed rail: a comparison of urban density of station node Area developments between Hangzhou and Tokyo. International RC21 Conference 2013, Resourceful Cities, August 29-31, 2013, Berlin. Retrieved 10 March, 2014, from http://www.rc21.org/conferences/berlin2013/RC21-Berlin-Papers/07-He.pdf [↩]
Call for papers: Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies
Submissions are invited from graduate students for a special issue of the Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies (GJAPS): Urban Futures in the Asia-Pacific (Simon Opit, editor, University of Auckland, New Zealand).
Cities are centres of economic, social, political and cultural activity, but they can also be areas of intense poverty, unhealthy environments, dangerous spaces and captivity. With the current unprecedented rates of growth in the Asia-Pacific unlikely to abate it is of great importance that we maximise the potential of urban spaces while avoiding the multitudinous harm that cities can cause. The Graduate Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies is calling for papers that provide perspectives on the possible future of urban spaces in the Asia-Pacific.
Such a theme is open to both quantitative and qualitative perspectives on urban spaces and encourages artistic, empirical or theoretical contributions that relate to, but are not limited to any of the following major themes:
- Examining urban policies that are argued to promote sustainable urbanism and create more resilient, liveable urban spaces.
- Assessing the potential of future technologies and/or transport initiatives that offer solutions to urban problems.
- Investigating layers of urban governance structures and how they impact on urban environments and their development, either as a constructive or restrictive force.
- Analysing our understandings of urban spaces and providing critical review of the current values that underpin urban practices.
- Detailing and evaluating methodological innovation in the field of urban studies, including new tools and technologies that provide novel ideas and a better of understandings of our urban world.
Contributions are welcome from all fields, including: social sciences and the humanities, architecture and planning, politics and policy analysis, or any other form of urban study.GJAPS interprets the designation “Asia-Pacific” in the broadest sense, to encompass East, Northeast and Southeast Asia, the Malay Archipelago, Australasia, Polynesia and Oceania, the West Coast of the Americas, including California, the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, British Columbia, Central and South America.Submissions should be received by 1st of April 2014.
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The effects of future climate change on energy consumption in residential buildings in China
D. H. C. Chow, M. Kelly, J. Darkwa (2013), The Effects of Future Climate Change on Energy Consumption in Residential Buildings in China Journal of Power and Energy Engineering, 2013, 1, 16-24. Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies (CSET), University of Nottingham, Ningbo, China.
China is currently going through a phase of rapid mass urbanisation, and it is important to investigate how the growing built environment will cope with climate change, to see how the energy consumption of buildings in China will be affected. This is especially important for the fast-growing cities in the north, and around the east and south coasts. This paper aims to study the effects of future climate change on the energy consumption of buildings in the three main climate regions of China, namely the “Cold” region in the north, which includes Beijing; the “Hot Summer Cold Winter” region in the east, which includes cities such as Shanghai and Ningbo; and the “Hot Summer Mild Winter” region in the south, which includes Guangzhou. Using data from the climate model, HadCM3, Test Reference Years are generated for the 2020s, 2050s and 2080s, for various IPCC future scenarios. These are then used to access the energy perform- ance of typical existing buildings, and also the effects of retrofitting them to the standard of the current building codes. It was found that although there are reductions in energy consumption for heating and cooling with retrofitting existing residential buildings to the current standard, the actual effects are very small compared with the extra energy consump- tion that comes as a result of future climate change. This is especially true for Guangzhou, which currently have very little heating load, so there is little benefit of the reduction in heating demand from climate change. The effects of retro- fitting in Beijing are also limited, and only in Ningbo was the effect of retrofitting able to nullify the effects of climate change up to 2020s. More improvements in building standards in all three regions are required to significantly reduce the effects of future climate change, especially to beyond 2020s.
Read the article on http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperDownload.aspx?paperID=39973.
Smart cities: perspectives from Germany and China
ICT as an enabler for intelligent city development: perspectives from Germany and China
The development of Intelligent Cities is a topic of interest to public policy makers,
researchers, and businesses in both the developed and fast developing worlds.
China has made Intelligent City development a national priority and has already
developed a number of initiatives, not only in major cities such as Beijing and
Shanghai, but in newly developing centers such as Wuxi and Ningbo. Information
and Communications Technology are playing an essential role in these
The Chinese Academy of Engineering, acatech – the German National Academy of
Science and Engineering, and the Münchner Kreis have all been active in research
and discussions concerning Intelligent City development. In this conference, these
three organizations will bring together academic and business experts to present and
compare research, examples, and future visions both in China and Germany for the
development of Intelligent Cities using information and communication technology as
an enabler. This conference should be of interest to researchers, business
practitioners, but also local, state, and national government policy makers.
September 11 and 12, 2013
Haus der Bayerischen Wirtschaft, Munich, Germany
Not later than 4 September 2013
€ 420,- per person.
More details on the conference webpage
Urban Environmental Pollution 2013 – Asian Edition
Urban Environmental Pollution 2013 Asian Edition : Creating Healthy, Liveable Cities
People all over the world are migrating to cities in search of jobs and cultural advantages, especially in Asia. This has resulted in the formation of huge megapolitan areas and surrounding peri-urban environs. In China, a 40 million urban area is planned.
The effects of cities on people are not well-understood. Cities require huge amounts of energy, resulting in large quantities of waste products, causing unsustainable environments. Cities are sources of air, water and soil pollution. Light and noise pollution are now known to adversely affect urban people. The role of urban heat islands and air pollution, PM2.5 and ozone, on human health is beginning to emerge. Lack of green space may have psychological effects for urban dwellers.
We began to explore the nature of the urban environment and pollution on human health and well-being at UEP2010 in Boston in June of 2010. This very successful conference identified many areas of urban life that warranted further investigation. UEP2013 aims to continue the exploration of the urban environment and how we can begin to create a healthy and liveable environment in cities.
- New information about urban environments and how they function
- Pollution problems and possible solutions
- Role of the built environment in alleviating heat islands
- Human health problems and solutions
- Role of vegetation in mitigating urban pollution and human health problems
- Innovative methods for alleviation of urban stress problems
- Beijing, China
- 17-20 November 2013
Deadline for abstracts
- 31 July 2013
- William Manning, University of Massachusetts, USA (Chair)
- Elena Paoletti, National Research Council (IPP-CNR), Italy
- Claudia Wiegand, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
Local Organising Committee
- Yong-Guan Zhu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
- Tong Zhu, Peking University, Beijing, China (Local Chair)
- Yonglong Lu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
- Yong-Guan Zhu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Energy consumption and indoor environment in Kunming
Hu, Tianchi, Yoshino, Hiroshi (2012), “Analysis on Energy Consumption and Indoor Environment in Kunming, China.” Sustainability 4, no. 10, p. 2574-2585
The purposes of this study are to investigate and analyze the actual conditions of the urban residential energy consumption, and hence to ascertain what will be the important factors that influence the annual energy consumption in Kunming, which has a mild climate. The questionnaire surveys reveal building characteristics, housing appliances, household characteristics, indoor thermal environment and aspects of life style, during winter and summer seasons. The questionnaire analyses show that only 5% of the investigated households have air conditioning, and 12% have heating appliances. Most households use solar energy as a water heater energy source because the sunshine hours in Kunming are long. The energy consumption analyses show that the average annual energy consumption of households in Kunming reached 12.2 GJ, and cooking accounted for 5.3 GJ, which is the largest part. Most of the time in summer, the outdoor temperature is lower than living room and bedroom temperatures; thus, natural ventilation is a useful cooling method for households in Kunming. The absolute humidity in summer is about 11 g/kg, while in winter it is about 5 g/kg. The influence factor analyses show that building construction year, water heater type and annual income are important influential factors on annual energy consumption.
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International conference on sustainable water resources management
The XXXIV. International Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Sustainable Water Resources Management, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.
Special Journal Issues
ICSWRM 2013 has teamed up with the Special Journal Issue on Advances in Sustainable Water Resources Management. All submitted papers will have opportunities for consideration for this Special Journal Issue.
- July 15-16, 2013
- May 31, 2013
- James Nelson, Ph.D., New Mexico State University, New Mexico, USA
- Alexander Vaninsky, Ph.D., HOSTOS CUNY, New York, USA
- Igor Astrov, Ph.D., TTU, Tallinn, Estonia
EDF in China 1983-2011
Felix Torres, avec la collaboration de Boris Dänzer-Kantof (December 2011), Le chemin partagé : une histoire d’EDF en Chine (1983-2011) (The shared path. An EDF history in China 1983-2011),Paris : François Bourin, 416 p. ISBN : 978-2-84941-247-3
A history of EDF’s experience in China over the course of three decades, from nuclear to hydraulic, from thermal generation to cooperative studies and projects of all kinds.
Contents of the book
- Choosing to build a Western nuclear power station in Guangdong (1978-1985)
- Building and launching Daya Bay (1986-1994)
- Helping China to equip itself (1984-2000)
- EDF, partner to the Chinese electrical system reform (1984-2000)
- Shandong, Guangxi : becoming an investor and operator in China (1993-2005)
- From Daya Bay to Ling Ao (1995-2005)
- China remains the world’s largest electricty market (2000-2005)
- China helps EDF’s progress (2006-2010)