In mid-August, the Minster of Innovation, Science and Research of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Svenja Schulze, and the Minister of Economics, Energy, Industry and Commerce of North Rhine-Westphalia, Garrelt Duin, awarded the InnovationCity Ruhr in the German city of Bottrop the title of „Ort des Fortschritts“ (‚Place of Progress‘). According to the ministers, the example of the model city shows how climate-calculated urban redevelopment measures that also aim to secure industrial locations can succeed. They also stated that the InnovationCity Ruhr is a Place of Progress because it has achieved an outstanding amount of success in using its project to consider economic, ecological, social and cultural aspects and to provide potential solutions to societal challenges.

In relation to this achievement, we are pleased to invite you to „The Energy-Efficient Renovation of Buildings – Recognising Potential and Using Opportunities“, a joint event hosted by AGPU and VinylPlus that will take place on 28th October 2014 and for which the programme has now been confirmed. The event will use the InnovationCity Ruhr / Model City Bottrop project as an example to show guests how the energy transition can be implemented in practice. AGPU wants to use this project, which has received a multitude of different awards, to discuss and develop ideas and possibilities for the implementation of the energy transition in the energy-efficient renovation of buildings together with architects and key decision-makers in the field of construction at administration departments and housing companies. The future houses in the InnovationCity Ruhr, for example, have been fitted with PVC windows that meet the passive house standard and other PVC products such as cable channels and insulating foils.

For more information concerning this event, please contact Ms Julia Gogos. You can also contact her to sign up to attend the event or if you have any questions or queries. The workshop is free of charge.

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