Have you ever tried to explain what makes a zero energy building better? It’s harder than it seems to explain a sometimes complicated theory in a clear and compelling way. Sam Raskin, Chief Architect at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, has shares how we can improve zero energy home marketing.
Cities, large and small, are taking the lead in reducing carbon emissions and moving rapidly to adopt zero energy policies. 2030 is the target year for many of these urban zero energy initiatives. Now is the time for building professionals to develop the skills they will need to take advantage of this growing trend.
Deep Energy Retrofits Class Gets Better, Faster, Cheaper
Heatspring has given Marc Rosenbaum’s acclaimed class on improving energy efficiency in existing homes a complete technology upgrade. It’s more convenient, cheaper and packed with valuable information for builders and designers alike.
Low-carbon fuels will drive the global economy no matter what happens with Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Renewable energy has become cheaper than fossil fuels in many circumstances, even without accounting for climate change and other externalities. And more states are buying in as a result.
Disrupting the Energy Industry with the Energy Technology Trifecta
Cheap solar electricity, on-site energy storage and electric vehicles will reshape the 21st century economy. Will today’s electric utilities position themselves wisely in this technology triangle? Or will they miss a golden opportunity?
Local governments must now take the lead to move ahead on energy efficiency. One city that shows how it’s done is Menlo Park, California. A nonprofit community organization called Menlo Spark paves the way to better buildings and transportation and resiliency in the face of an uncertain climate future.