How Cities Are Using Digital Twins Like a SimCity for Policymakers

CityLab Design The new technology, which creates virtual models of cities and simulates policy scenarios, could be a potential game-changer for urban planning. By Linda Poon April 5, 2022 The entire 40-square-mile metro region of Orlando, Florida, may soon live virtually inside the offices of the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP). The group has partnered with the gaming company Unity to develop …

NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood

CityLab, NYC’s First Net Zero Community Brings Housing to Storm-Ravaged Neighborhood A swath of oceanfront land in the Rockaways will become a test bed for climate and economic policies, promising affordable housing and other amenities to a region hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. By Aysha Diallo, March 4, 2022 Along 116 acres of vacant oceanfront land, development has begun on what could become …

Latest on composting toilets

Boyd Williams, Natalie, et al. “Taboos, Toilets and Biogas: Socio-Technical Pathways to Acceptance of a Sustainable Household Technology.” Energy Research & Social Science, vol. 86, 2022, p. 102448., doi:10.1016/j.erss.2021.102448 We Need to Get Over Our Resistance to Recycling Poop: It could be generating valuable gas and fertilizer instead of being flushed away. By Lloyd Alter Published February 28, 2022 https://www.treehugger.com/get-over-resistance-recycling-poop-5220126 Fact …

San Diego Decarbonizes New Building Development Starting 2023 for Residential and Commercial Development. Zurich starts in 2025.

San Diego released their draft CAP this past month.  Related to building electrification it has:  Strategy 1: Decarbonization of the Built Environment Measure 1.1: Decarbonize Existing Buildings 2030 Target: Phase out 45% of natural gas from existing buildings 2035 Target: Phase out 90% of natural gas from existing buildings Measure 1.2: Decarbonize New Building Development 2030 Target: All-electric reach code starting 2023 at new residential …

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan – Mobility and Land Use Measures and Actions

The Climate Action Plan draft is now out: Climate Action Plan Draft The City of San Diego’s new Climate Action Plan establishes a community-wide goal of net zero by 2035, committing San Diego to an accelerated trajectory for greenhouse gas reductions. PDF: https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/climate_action_plan_draft.pdf or read and comment online at: https://sdclimateaction.konveio.com/strategies-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions https://sdclimateaction.konveio.com/plan-overview Related to building electrification it has:  Strategy 1: Decarbonization …

These 7 efficiency policies could help avoid $8B in new gas plants, ACEEE says, and cost about 40 percent less

Utility Dive, Oct. 14, 2021, by Robert Walton excerpt: ACEEE’s analysis concludes that a set of seven residential efficiency and demand response retrofit measures could serve about 9 million Texas households and offset most of the capability of new proposed gas combined-cycle generators. And those residential programs would have a five-year total programmatic cost of about $4.9 billion, or 39% …

Architects and Households Declare: We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into fuel poverty. Demand is growing to see Net Zero carbon emissions delivered.

Households Declare Is a New Campaign to Fix Housing: This British campaign should be copied in North America. Households Declare! is demanding the housing stock in the United Kingdom be fixed. Its mission: “We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into …

The Rise of Reach Codes

EPIC Energy Blog,  August 16, 2021 by Marc Steele, The Rise of Reach Codes Last week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted energy efficiency standards to be included in the 2022 state building standards (Title 24, Part 6). The new energy code will further increase building energy efficiency and reduce emissions from California buildings when they go into effect January 1, 2023. But what will …

DOE says new building codes to cut energy costs by $138B, but EV backers see failure to advance charging

July 28, 2021, Robert Walton, Utility Dive Updated building codes would save U.S. homes and businesses $138 billion in energy costs over the next three decades, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) concluded on July 21. However, electric vehicle advocates see a missed opportunity to advance charging infrastructure with the new rules. The International Code Council (ICC) finalized building codes in 2020, …

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 …