Reversible construction means anticipating from the programming and design stage to facilitate future transformations of a place. But why take on this challenge, and in practice, how?
Stéphanie Barrault, head of the Circular Design Experience project: applying all of the circular-economy principles to the construction sector
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Wednesday December 18th, 2019
Using industrialisation to accelerate the energy revolution
One of the most significant potential areas for saving energy and greenhouse gases is the thermal renovation of buildings. But we are not renovating enough. The method needs to change, and this will probably happen via industrialisation. Industrialisation, boosted by the European EnergieSprong project, means improved performance and quality of use.
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