Turning Buildings Into Power Plants: Rooftops are 15-35% of urban land area and buildings are up to 40% of our electricity use

Solar City? Turning Buildings Into Power Plants, Developments from research labs and the renewables sector are driving new trends in urban design, Forbes, Laurie Winkless, https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauriewinkless/2021/04/20/solar-city- In the past decade, the price of electricity generated by renewables has plummeted, and solar power has led the way. The staggering 89 % drop – from $359 per MWh in 2009, to $40 in …

There could be 2 billion parking stalls in the US, in L.A. that’s more land area than housing. In Des Moines there are 19 spaces per household. In Jackson WY it is 27 spaces per household, costing over $192K per household. Parking covers 5 percent of the US, often empty, lost potential.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/11/27/parking-dominates-our-cities-but-do-we-really-see-it I’m gonna start this one out with a bold thesis: Parking is the dominant physical feature of the postwar American city. Not homes. Not strip malls. Not streets, highways, or stroads. Parking. We have a lot of the stuff. A few superlatives can express the sheer amount: There are somewhere between 800 million and 2 billion parking stalls in …

Extreme impacts, but all new housing in Tucson must have outlets for EVs. Tree shade can reduce temps by 10 degrees F

From The Climate Mobilization, July 2021: Destructive heat waves in the Northwest cooked shellfish on the shore and are estimated to have killed more than a billion marine animals. Hundreds of people, including unhoused individuals, elderly people and farm workers, died in the U.S. and Canada during the heatwave.  Already an endangered species, salmon in the Sacramento river may not survive …

10-story apartment building, decent design and massing, $3 million before shipping and on-site placement, assembled in 1 day

Broad Sustainable Building is at it again with its new 5D folding modular system. in Treehugger, by Lloyd Alter, June 15, 2021, Fact checked by Haley Mast Broad Sustainable Building has been developing factory-built structures since 2009, usually with headlines noting a hotel was built in a week or an office tower in a month. However, this is the first time we have …

Building retrofits can duplicate the success of wind and solar power

Smart government policies have spurred rapid acceleration in renewable energy. They can do the same for building efficiency upgrades. Richard Roberts, 09 June 2021, Canary Media Richard Roberts is inquiry lead at Volans, a research and advisory firm focused on sustainability, innovation and market transformation. This contributed content represents the views of the author, not those of Canary Media. The renewables …

The most important factor in the housing crisis is low supply, especially in the categories needed. Zoning is a key contributor to that problem. Sweden built social housing.

The most important factor is low supply. Michael Neal, senior research associate at the Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center, told Vox in a December interview that low supply is “probably the biggest contributor” to the rapid rise in prices. Having a bunch of first-time homebuyers enter the market wouldn’t be that big of a deal if the market could accommodate them. …

RTD freed from farebox requirement

CO: Gov. Polis signs law giving RTD flexibility to reduce bus and train fares, charge for parking in lots https://www.masstransitmag.com/management/news/21224129/co-gov-polis-signs-law-giving-rtd-flexibility-to-reduce-bus-and-train-fares-charge-for-parking-in-lots It will be up to metro Denver’s transit system to make those decisions, but House Bill 1186 removes several restrictions in state law that had limited RTD’s options. Jon Murray, The Denver Post (TNS) May 25th, 2021 The Regional Transportation …

How To Design Life-Saving, Low-Speed Zones

By Nikita Luke and Siba El-Samra, May 24, 2021 This piece originally appeared on City Fix. https://usa.streetsblog.org/2021/05/24/how-to-design-life-saving-low-speed-zones/ As the COVID-19 pandemic has altered urban landscapes and pushed many people toward active mobility, there’s increased urgency to make roads safer for walking and cycling. Many cities are now tasked with protecting more vulnerable users in addition to creating safe public spaces that will enable economic …

Access and 20 minute neighborhoods

Ann Arbor, Mich., has set a goal of having 100 percent of residents live in 20-minute neighborhoods by 2030. For now, the 12 percent of residents who don’t have access to a car are at a big disadvantage — 109,000 jobs can be reached within a 20-minute drive, but only 30,000 jobs are within a 20-minute walk or transit ride. …