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10 tips on how to reduce urban heat stress
June 23, 2017
We’ve crossed the seasonal threshold from spring into summer and urban areas throughout Europe are feeling the heat more than ever. The densely-populated urban landscape of asphalt, brick, metal and dark rooftops soaks up an enormous amount of energy from sunlight – reflecting even more light. This energy absorption leads to an “urban heat island” – where cities experience higher-than-normal heat temperatures, as compared to surrounding areas. Climate change will cause this heat island effect to intensify in the years and decades to come. Wavin is a serious influencer in the movement towards urban climate resilience and so we’ve put together some tips on how to reduce heat stress in cities and towns across the continent.Read more
They ran with their hearts!
June 14, 2017
Congratulations to all 8,500+ runners who participated in the 17th annual Zwolse Half Marathon or the Wavin 4 English Miles on June 10th in the charming historical city of Zwolle. Everyone ran with their hearts!Read more
Cheers you did it!
Wavin talks climate resilience with urban water expert Dr. Ir. Frans van de Ven – PART TWO
May 31, 2017
A rising and increasingly dense urban population, combined with decades of unsustainable practices, has had an immense (and adverse) impact on the world’s natural infrastructure. The depletion of our natural infrastructure has been caused by natural processes, negligence, and in recent decades, climate- and weather-related factors. The time has come to restore these resources to a condition that is ecologically sound and provides the resilience, materials and services that communities and businesses need to thrive – economically, socially and environmentally. In essence, what we need is a “circular economy” that would contribute to new technological, financial and environmental technology and innovation. And urban stormwater management and climate-resilience will play an important role in the circular economy continuum. This is the second of a two-part blog series based on a thoughtful discussion between Geertjo van Dijk, Wavin European product manager Storm Water Management and Delft University associate professor Dr. Ir. Frans van de Ven.Read more
Wavin discusses urban stormwater management and climate change with Delft University Dr. Ir. Frans van de Ven – PART ONE
May 31, 2017
Climate change is changing precipitation patterns across Europe and, indeed, throughout the globe. Each year, rainstorms and flooding events are increasing in both frequency and severity. In recent years, the end of May to early June marks the beginning of flood season. Europeans begin to brace for the inevitable: heavy rainstorms, flooding, and urban havoc (street closures, vehicle damage, power outages and more). In other words, it’s the “new normal.” The question that urban planners are asking is: how do we mitigate these challenges and what role does stormwater management play in the design and build of a climate-resilient city? In a sit-down interview with Delft University associate professor and urban water management expert Dr. Ir. Frans van de Ven, Wavin asks these questions and more. This is the first of a two-part blog series based on this very topical interview.Read more