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Salford Living Lab to showcase green building

The Living Lab project - which involves the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, city councils, universities, United Utilities, the Environment Agency and the Royal Horticultural Society - will use to €2m in EU funding to create a "shop window" for available technologies that cut energy use, mitigate flooding, reduce the urban heat island effect, and boost wellbeing. 
 
The Living Lab will showcase cost-effective measures including roof gardens, green roads and paths. These features will incorporate sensors and other monitoring equipment to measure temperature, energy use, carbon, and noise absorption. 
 
The Living Lab is part of the wider €6m Ignition project to increase green infrastructure investment in Greater Manchester, and the University of Salford hopes it will inspire businesses to invest in climate change mitigation measures. 
 
"This funding will play a key role in accelerating our plans to make Greater Manchester a world leading city region for low-carbon living," says Mayor Andy Burnham. "The Living Lab on the Salford campus will be an amazing visual and technical demonstration of the measures needed by areas like Greater Manchester to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change and more extreme weather.
 
"We will we be working with our partners to increase the city-region’s urban green in our city-region’s urban green infrastructure by 10%, leading the way in finding solutions that could play a vital role globally."
 

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