ALPSTAR seminary: "The municipalities as constructor : Towards carbon neutral buildings"
One key to solving the climate problem can be found in the building sector: private households in the Alps are responsible for over one third of final energy consumption.
Significantly reducing CO2 emissions and improving the quality of life must therefore be achieved through energy-efficient restoration with the use of ecological materials. The appropriate rules are also determined by the cities in which some two thirds of the Alpine population live.
The focus of the workshop being held on 19 September 2013 in Gap, France, is on the municipalities as clients for construction projects. How should they build? Where are the greatest challenges? How can a municipality persuade its residents of the need for energy-efficient restoration and building works? Some of the answers are provided by the "Alpine Towns of the Year" of Bozen/Bolzano in Italy and Sonthofen in Germany.