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The ZERO-PLUS project is an initiative that seeks the realization of new buildings with high energy performance. ZERO-PLUS aims to develop a low-cost system for Net Zero Settlements (NZE). The system will consist of innovative solutions for the building envelope and for the energy building generation and its management. Three strategies for decreasing the cost of NZE settlements: Increasing…
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BIM Object Libraries

Many companies are offering their products as BIMobjects, due to the rise of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction sector.  Along with this, different Standard BIMobjects qualifications are appearing, providing minimum information requirements to BIMobjects. Downloadable BIMobjects can reduce time and budget during the project. We analyze the main BIMlibraries, comparing…
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Workplace. Custom heating, cooling, lighting

The international design firm Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA) has revealed a new approach to the development of the Internet-of-Things (IoT). Concerned by the waste of energy in empty office buildings. The firm has developed a personalised heating, cooling and lighting system, which follows occupants as they move around the building….
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