Isn’t it ironic that heat, being the single largest energy use in the world, is a major co-culprit when it comes to global warming? Emissions from heating water, homes and industrial processes account for over half of all energy demand globally. And it’s our cities that consume the largest part of that energy. Considering that within 30 years, 70% of the world population is expected to live in urban areas it’s clear that we are faced with a serious challenge. Switching to renewable energy sources will solve about half of the problem, but energy efficiency is just as important.

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Our cities face many challenges due to climate change, in the future as well as right now. Let’s dive into why we should cherish our cities, and what we can do to broaden our understanding of what is happening to our cities.

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Cities are ever-changing living entities who constantly tell us what is happening to them. That may sound a bit strange but in today’s urban environments, the impact of climate change-related challenges like heat stress, floods, and droughts is visibly evident on infrastructure and on citizens. That’s why we created this video to explain and to show you exactly…


As climate change sparks water shortages, World Umbrella Day reminds us to bring an upside down umbrella perspective to water management.

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Photo by Inset Agency on Unsplash

The umbrella dates back thousands of years. It was first used by civilizations like Egypt and Persia to guard against sunlight.

It wasn’t until much later that umbrellas became popular to shield against another natural assailant: rain. In the 17th century, upper-class women across Europe carried silk umbrellas that proved minimal protection against rain. It wasn’t until around 1750 when an Englishman named Jonas Hanway carried a fashionable rain umbrella on the streets of London that the umbrella transcended genders. …


Will cities be prepared to address overlooked sources of infectious disease when the next pandemic hits?

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Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

In the spring of 2003, 329 people contracted an infectious disease in a high rise building in Hong Kong. 42 of those 329 people lost their lives.

The building — Amoy Gardens — was the epicenter of the 2003 outbreak of SARS. Almost one-fifth of all recorded SARS cases and deaths in Hong Kong emanated from Amoy Gardens.

And as we reckon with a strain of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) very similar to the one that killed 42 Amoy Gardens residents in 2003, we can look to history to guide the future of pandemic responses in dense urban areas like Hong Kong.

Where Poor Plumbing Can Go Wrong


Wavin’s latest product makes drinking water supplies safer and installers’ lives easier. Our Tigris K5 replaces traditional ways of tracing leaks with a brand new method that stimulates the senses. In this blog we’ll let you in on the smart new feature that made Wavin a whistleblower.

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Photo by JP Viguier

Ready to be blown away? We’ve just launched a breakthrough product for safer drinking water supply. Wavin contributes to sustainable, healthy environments and we try to make life easier for the installer along the way. For a long time, the only way to detect water leaks was by running water through pressurized pipes…

Future Proof Cities

Stories about cities and buildings in the light of climate change and urbanisation. By Wavin.

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