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LENOZ – A sustainability certification system for residential buildings

LENOZ (Luxembourgish: ‘Lëtzebuerger Nohaltegkeets Zertifizéierung fir Wunngebaier’, English: Luxembourg residential building sustainability certification) was introduced in 2016. Through LENOZ, the Ministry of Housing is following the recent trend of establishing sustainability certification systems for buildings and building techniques. LENOZ targets official and comparable certification of good practices, to make them more popular. At the same …

The “Planungshandbuch”: A planning manual from Luxembourg on how to develop high-quality urban districts

In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, 2 + 3 = 1! The cities of Ettelbruck and Diekirch, both located in the North of the Grand Duchy, are not far from another. The borders of the two cities are only 2 kilometres apart. Their settlement structure and those of the three neighbouring municipalities form a nearly …

Project presentation: ‘PAP Molter’ or municipalities issuing specific implementation plans

Mondercange is the gateway to the former mining district in the industrial south of the country. As other municialities in Luxembourg, Mondercange has relatively high costs for living. The municipality has identified and implemented a special way of developing affordable housing for its residents. Rationale for action Mondercange lies in the densely populated southern part …

Project presentation: Developing the new urban district “Nonnewisen” in Esch-sur-Alzette

Nonnewisen is a development in Esch-sur-Alzette, the second biggest city of Luxembourg, in the South of the country. The development covers 30 hectares of previously agricultural and horticultural land at the northern outskirts of the municipality. Rationale for action In Esch-sur-Alzette, prices for housing increased continuously in recent years following the national trend. This has …

The role and potential of climate change adaptation and climate action in urban planning and municipal development in Luxembourg: An interview with Luxembourg City Mayor Lydie Polfer.

Late 2020, we interviewed Ms Lydie Polfer, Mayor of Luxembourg City on the role and potential of climate change adaptation in urban planning and municipal development. The interview also addressed questions on climate action in the capital of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Interviewer: Ms Polfer, measures addressing climate change can be for climate action, …

Project presentation: Master plan ‘Wunne mat der Wooltz’ in Wiltz

Wiltz is a city in the north of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The city is the only urban centre with more than 7 000 inhabitants in the sparsely populated north and is therefore classified as a national centre of attraction. Until 2030, the municipality and the state would like to see an increase of …

Project presentation: ‘am Duerf’ a housing development project and a shared space in Dudelange

The urban development ‘am Duerf’ was inaugurated in 2017 to revive and increase theattractiveness of an area next to Dudelange city centre. Development of housing, parking and commercial areas in an area previously used as open-air parking started in 2005. Themunicipality of Dudelange has developed an adjacent shared space to create a lively urban area. …

Conference on territorial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in Luxembourg

Last Friday, the online conference “The territorial impacts of the health crisis linked to COVID-19″ within the framework of the urban-architectural and landscape consultation “Luxembourg in transition” was held. The high-level conference was organised by the National Information Unit for Urban Policy (CIPU) in cooperation with the Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers (OAI) and …

A visit to ‘Elmen’, a new affordable housing district

On the 22nd of September 2020, CIPU organised a visit to ‘Elmen’, the largest affordable housing project in Luxembourg. The district is developed adjacent to the municipality of Kehlen in the West of Luxembourg (see here and map at the bottom). A 3D model of the houses being realised in 'Elmen'. Source: S.N.H.B.M., 2020. Elmen …

What role should spatial planning and urban development play in adapting to climate change? An Interview with Minister Claude Turmes

As first contribution to the CIPU Blog, Claude Turmes, Luxembourg Minister for Energy and Spatial Planning has been interviewed on the role of spatial and urban planning on climate change adaptation in Luxembourg. Interviewer: Minister Turmes, climate change is an important topic in Luxembourg. Two of the instruments to address climate change are spatial planning …