This week, the Minister 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 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 state 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.

The AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann also attended the event. The next workshop to be held by AGPU and VinylPlus on the topic of the „Energy-Efficient Renovation of Buildings“ will take place in Bottrop on 28th October and aims to inform architects and key decision-makers in the field of construction at administration departments and housing companies about the benefits of PVC products. The future houses in the InnovationCity Ruhr, for example, have been fitted with PVC windows that meet the passive house stsndard and other PVC products such as cable channels and insulating foils that meet the passive house standard. In addition, the project‘s Marketing Manager, Jan Schaare, was one of the speakers at the AGPU Colloquium held at the beginning of July.

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