LA Times: New homes need to be fossil fuel-free

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD MARCH 2, 2021  In September, while touring the charred wreckage left by yet another devastating wildfire, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared: “This a climate damn emergency.” The state’s ambitious strategies to curtail greenhouse gas emissions were not enough to counter the effects of a warming planet, Newsom warned, and he pledged to “accelerate all of them, across …

How Neighborhood Infrastructure Affects Wellbeing – GESC neighborhoods in Denver

Globeville, Elyria, Swansea, and Cole residents live in the most polluted zip code in the country, according to a recent national environmental risk index. How Neighborhood Infrastructure Affects Wellbeing https://news.ucdenver.edu/on-the-street-where-you-live/ There is a reason Denver’s I-70 expansion and National Western Complex redevelopment projects cut right through the Globeville, Elyria Swansea, and Cole (GESC) neighborhoods. These communities have historically had low socio-economic …

Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

Tiny home villages, affordable housing and transit oriented development expanding

A tiny home village opened in the Cole neighborhood in late 2020 The researchers’ latest assessment compared village residents to a control group of people experiencing homelessness over a year that ended in October and included the pandemic. The researchers found that villagers were four times more likely to be working or in school and reported lower levels of anxiety, …

Colorado Won’t Meet Climate Goals without Swift Action on Buildings

RMI October 6, 2020  |  By Mike Henchen and Courtney Fieldman Colorado officials recently released their long-awaited draft Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction Roadmap, laying out a path toward achieving the state’s goals of a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050. The roadmap takes stock of Colorado’s emissions across sectors, such as transportation, electricity, and buildings. It …

How to Build Affordable Social Housing to Passive House Standard

By Lloyd Alter, Treehugger, January 11, 2021 Designing to the Passive House standard of energy efficiency and airtightness is hard. Designing social housing on a tight budget to the Passive House standard is incredibly hard. That’s why the work of Emma Cubitt and Invizij Architects is so interesting and important. We previously reported on how a run-down rooming house found redemption as Passive House …

No more gas: Requiring new residential and commercial building construction to utilize all-electric power, starting with projects that file permits in 2021 and 60% of current development pipeline

San Francisco’s gas ban on new buildings could prompt statewide action Utility Dive | Kristin Musulin Nov-Dec 2020 San Francisco recently became the latest, and perhaps the largest, U.S. city to ban natural gas in new buildings. The city’s Board of Supervisors passed legislation requiring new residential and commercial building construction to utilize all-electric power, starting with projects that file …

Human-Made Stuff Outweighs Earth’s Biomass for First Time, Study Finds

 Olivia Rosane Dec. 10, 2020, SCIENCE The construction site of the Tesla Gigafactory in Brandenburg, Grünheide, Germany on Nov. 28, 2020. Patrick Pleul / picture alliance via Getty Images Human made stuff now outweighs life on Earth. That’s the finding of a new study published in Nature Wednesday that sought to bring home the full weight of what human activity has done …

San Francisco Board of Supervisors votes unanimously to ban gas in new buildings

San Francisco has already banned natural gas for any new city-owned building. Berkeley banned gas in new buildings last year. Natural gas accounts for roughly 40% of San Francisco’s overall emissions of greenhouse gases and 80% of building emissions. Requiring cleaner, all-electric buildings in new construction will increase building safety, reduce emissions citywide, and improve indoor air quality, Mandelman said. …

Building a carfree neighborhood in an auto-centric area

Culdesac Tempe is a 17-acre lot just across the Salt River from Phoenix. Currently a mess of dust and heavy equipment, the site will eventually feature 761 apartments, 16,000 square feet of retail, 1,000 residents — and exactly zero places for them to park. The people who live there will be contractually forbidden to park a car on site or …