Investing in organizational reform and infrastructure in research, development and innovation sector involves strengthening research, development and innovation capacities by supporting organizational reform/change and infrastructure development to improve quality, scope, and relevance.
Innovations in concrete – the concrete that lights up
Fiber optic fiberboard panels are equipped with color changing technology, where the colors become brighter one hour before sunset. LED panels are controlled using internet-based technology, and each panel contains 3% optical fiber.
Lighting technology opens new boundaries for design and architecture since the panels are made of red, green and blue chips that control more than 16 million colors. In addition, all panels can be controlled independently, which means that the whole facade can become a large screen. A light on-screen display can be controlled via the Internet or a mobile device, and interactive elements, such as text and logos, can be displayed on the screen.
Innovation in construction business sectors
New on the market are companies dealing with wastewater treatment from industry, sanitary and fecal and atmospheric wastewater, which are now making great progress in the field of construction for the new product – static fluid mixer. A static fluid mixer is an innovation on the market, it mixes two different fluids and makes one that is evenly distributed. There are also new air treatments – air filters for window shafts against unpleasant smells from the sewer, as well as several products against the unpleasant odors of the wastewater treatment plants themselves.
LG Electronics presented the latest state-of-the-art solutions for air conditioning and sanitary water preparation for residential and commercial buildings and industry in 2019. The emphasis is on VRF technologies with the highest degree of efficiency and heat pumps of air-water for residential construction.
There are also new services provided to project designers based on design software used in architecture, construction, engineering, etc. With Virtual Reality Technology, a new VR technology based on Autodesk software and the Unity Platform for making computer games, developed over the past few years and allowing the user to walk through the design model.
On the eve of the World Green Day, the city of New York has brought a package of laws defining future construction in the city and aiming at drastically improving the energy efficiency of Big Apple. In the center of this “green agreement” are certainly green roofs, which in the future could completely change both the appearance and the quality of life of this metropolis. By the new city law on green construction, by 2030, air pollution should be eliminated equivalent to the activity of a million cars.
What does this mean for the future?
Following the rates of Toronto, Denver, San Francisco, and Portland, and New York has set a condition for the construction of all new residential and commercial properties. In the future, every built object will have to have plants, solar panels or mini-turbines on the roof on its roof. Investors can decide whether they will individually apply one of the systems or will implement the project through a combination of all three.
The green roof of a larger area can reduce the daily needs of the air conditioning building by as much as 75 percent. Green roofs cool cities, absorb air pollution, provide sound insulation, promote biodiversity and reduce the cost of energy production, making our cities more acceptable to all. Changing the structure of the roof may seem like a small step, but in fact, the global impact is impressive. The National Research Council of Canada has found that the green roof of a larger area can reduce the daily needs of the air conditioning building by as much as 75%.
Ban on glass facades?
Energy-efficient buildings are at the very heart of the Air Conditioning Act, which recognizes New York City’s buildings as the main culprit for carbon emissions in the city. A law called Dirty Building Bill aims to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. New laws in the development phase also consider the banning of glass facades, unless the building meets certain energy-efficient building codes.
The Hungarian state has announced an ambitious plan to build a gigantic greenhouse that will be powered by renewable energy, with less than one city down. The Hegyeshalom-Bezenye project foresees the construction of an agricultural center at the border of Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia. The greenhouse would occupy an area of 330 hectares, which is in proportion to the surface of 500 football fields.
Hungarian Agriculture Minister Istvan Nagi emphasized that this project will represent a transition to a new epoch of agriculture. In the presented project, the Hungarian government cooperates with German firm FAKT, as well as a supplier of energy to the company EON, which will provide power supply to the farms predominantly solar energy and biogas, while geothermal power plants will generate cooling energy. The functioning of the farm, as well as the process of its construction, will be carbon neutral.
Gigantic greenhouse size 500 football fields
Consumers, or the whole of today’s society, require innovative, sustainable solutions that change the way of life and work. Sustainable, reliable and affordable energy solutions are necessary for shaping the living and working spaces of the future.
In the giant greenhouse all year round, a variety of fruits and vegetables will be grown, such as eggplant and tomatoes. On the part of the farm, the largest land pond in Europe will be organized as well as cold storage and other logistics facilities. In the immediate vicinity of the greenhouse, a housing estate for employees and their families will be built, which will include a kindergarten, elementary school, hotels, and shops.
Avoiding a catastrophe
Undoubtedly, the Hungarians seriously grasped the UN report, to which the world issued a warning that we have only 12 years to prevent global warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to avoid a global catastrophe. Given that new urban development around the world gives priority to sustainability, we have to hope that such a fate will not befall us, but of course, each of us will act locally.
This Copenhagen project is proof that high-rise buildings do not have to be built to the detriment of the natural environment, nor the life comfort of people.
The Danish architectural firms Lendager Group and TREDJE NATUR have joined forces to jointly build a building called CPH Common House, the first skyscraper in the world that could be built with recycled materials. Filled with greenery in all its parts, the building would have a stepped structure, and only in the construction process, carbon emissions would be avoided from the estimated 1,174 tons.
Sustainability and Circular Sustainability Strategies
They want to show how constructions can build high without losing ties to the historical context of the environment and man as a proportional orientation. Sustainability and Circular Sustainability Strategies have been included in this project since the first draft.
Their plan is to use 17,577 tons of recycled waste, which include broken tiles and bricks, which would be used for flooring, as well as window frames that could again be used as recycled wooden wall and floor coverings. The CPH Common House project with its design allows the penetration of a greater amount of light into the interior of the apartments, as well as the creation of space for terraced green surfaces.
Nothing is wasted
This residential complex will also recycle water. Namely, all the rainwater will be collected and used for irrigation of plants on the terraces. Also, it is planned that the entire waste, which future tenants will be produced, separated, composted and recycled. In order to establish a connection with the existing urban tissue, the facility also has a business block of 30,000 square meters, which has an active relationship with the surrounding city area. The terraced spaces and the spacious courtyard at the foot of the building allow the gathering of the local population, while tenants of the building have access to private roof terraces.
However, the only problem is that this project is only a proposal, and the question is whether it will be adopted, whether the relevant institutions will receive a green light for construction.