New green building creates the lowest possible energy consumption and carbon emission production, with beauty

Creating buildings with the lowest possible energy consumption and carbon emission production, while still being aesthetically pleasing, is a challenge bringing together great minds to change the way we think about our living and working spaces. Here are some of our favorite sustainable architectural projects coming out of Shanghai, Paris, Dhaka, and Barcelona. The green hill The green hill Shanghai, …

US Energy Efficiency Industry Employs 2.25 Million People

September 11th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica  The US energy efficiency industry added more new jobs than any other industry in the country’s entire energy sector in 2017 and now employs nearly 2.25 million people, according to new figures from E4TheFuture and Environmental Entrepreneurs. According to a new jobs analysis by nonprofit E4TheFuture and national energy advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), …

Zero Over Time Process Drives Existing Portfolios Toward Net Zero Energy

RMI, September 12, 2018 , By Matt Jungclaus Net-zero energy (NZE) buildings are gaining interest from building owners, tenants, and landlords alike. RMI’s latest report, in partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI), Best Practices for Achieving Zero Over Time for Building Portfolios, outlines our zero-over-time (ZOT) approach to help portfolio owners navigate the barriers to achieving net zero energy by providing a roadmap …

Solar all up in your buildings with “Building-integrated PV” (BIPV), designed into materials so that it is part of initial building construction (or big retrofits)

Excerpt from David Roberts, vox.com, Aug 2018 “Building-integrated PV” (BIPV) is designed into materials so that it is part of initial building construction (or big retrofits). Theoretically, that covers all kinds of materials that people are trying to put PV into, from windows to awnings to concrete itself, some of which have small markets going. But GTM mainly focuses on solar roofing. Solar roofing uses …

Clean Heating and Cooling: Ground Source and Air Source Heat Pumps

Ground-Source Heat Pump Ground-source heat pump  (GSHP) — also referred to as geothermal heat pump — systems provide space heating and cooling, and, in some cases, hot water for residential and commercial buildings. The technology uses an indoor heat pump unit and a heat exchanging ground loop buried underground (or underwater) to transfer thermal energy between and among the ground …

Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills

MAY 4, 2016, Home » EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills See 2017 slides at https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/04/f34/2_32219_Shen_031417-0900.pdf Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory. National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals Home heating is the largest energy expense for most U.S. homeowners and accounts for nearly 30% …

Utility shifting to renewables is a critical piece of St. Paul MN commitment to get to 85% renewable power by 2030 and net zero overall by 2050

St. Paul, MN sets plan to make buildings carbon neutral by 2030, https://www.twincities.com/2018/07/08/st-paul-aims-to-make-public-buildings-carbon-neutral-by-2030-private-buildings-by-2050/ By Jason Plautz on Utility Dive, July 10, 2018, St. Paul, MN has set a goal to make all public buildings carbon neutral by 2030 and all private buildings carbon neutral by 2050, reports the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. A big part of the emissions cuts will come from local utility’s plan to …

19 mayors commit to make all buildings net-zero carbon by 2050

Kristin Musulin@kristinmusulin, Aug. 24, 2018, Utility Dive Mayors from 19 cities signed the Net Zero Carbon Buildings Declaration on Thursday, a pledge to ensure new buildings operate at net-zero carbon by 2030, with all buildings following suit by 2050. The mayors have also pledged to “owning, occupying and developing only assets that are net-zero carbon in operation” by 2030. To meet this …

Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector: Universalizing access to safe, affordable, healthy, and energy efficient spaces where we live, work, and play

Communities of color and low-income communities bear the brunt of the impacts of unhealthy, energy inefficient, and disaster vulnerable buildings through poor health and financial impacts of high energy bills, as well as the disproportionate negative effects of climate change, to which buildings contribute as a major consumer of fossil fuel based energy. Yet, as one looks around the tables or worksites of …

Dandelion Energy Has Built The Tesla of Residential Thermal Management With Plans For World Domination

July 9th, 2018 by Kyle Field on Clean Technica Cutting right to the chase, Dandelion plans to change the world of residential geothermal, and it is heading down that long road of transformation starting in the state of New York. Dandelion Energy spun off from Google parent company Alphabet’s X labs last year, and with so many claims floating around about transformative technologies …