16 February 2012

Study Visit to ESCA Tower – 16.02.2012 in Strasbourg

Members of the Intergroup participated in a study visit to ESCA Tower organised in the cooperation with BOUYGUES Construction. The aim of the visit was to see a reference retrofitting construction site, being in accord with the low energy standards promoted by the EU politics of reducing energy consumption and with its fight to curb climate change.


The visit of the 10 storey and 9000 sqm office tower built in the early 1970’s started with the short presentation concerning the materials used to reconstruct the building and the reconstruction itself. During the tour of the building, the MEPs could observe all designs, techniques and materials solutions applied for the retrofitting and had the possibility to discuss about the project with the representatives of the team in charge.


The project of the BOUYGUES Construction is considered as a model for its double French certification HQE® and the label “BBC Rénovation”. The building’s energy consumption is planned to decrease  by 64% from 218 kWh ep/m².year to 79 kWh ep/m².year.

3 February 2012

“The economic role of cities” – new publication by UN Habitat

UN Habitat has just published a new rapport about the economic role of cities. This study draws attention to the important role played by cities in reducing of poverty, generating positive diversity and influencing the national economic development. It explains also how cities become more productive when they are agglomerated and clustered. The rapport presents the situation both for cities and city regions. The publication is a part of a Global Urban Economic dialogues series witch contains also rapports about microfinance, fiscal decentralization, global financial crisis and infrastructure of poverty.

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