New York can add affordable housing without raising taxes. Here’s how

Most agree there is a housing crisis in New York State. According to the New York State Comptroller, housing costs went up 68% in the last decade. Housing accounts for roughly 40% of total household expenses in New York City, where many residents spend on average $30,000 a year for housing. How can we all work together to address the housing crisis without raising taxes? Continue Reading


Does anyone offer higher savings?

Press Release 14 February 2024 Deep retrofit reduces heating energy consumption by more than 70 percent. Darmstadt/Germany. After a deep retrofit, a typical apartment block from the post-war era has become a model for energy-efficient buildings. The Passive House Institute conducted scientific monitoring of the project in Giessen, Germany, and has now published its research report. Read More


Decoding Efficiency: A Partel Perspective on New Government Guidelines for Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings

- Dara McGowan 1. Moisture Management in Traditional Buildings: A Critical Analysis Identifying driving rain as the largest single source of moisture for traditional buildings is extremely important. This is the elephant in the room when it comes to internal insulation approaches and has been highlighted as a concern by our technical team on numerous retrofit projects. While there are solutions to this problem, it is one that requires serious…


Fostering collaboration: Buildings Breakthrough

Buildings Breakthrough: “Near-zero emission and resilient buildings are the new normal by 2030.” Breakthrough Agenda context At COP26 in November 2021, 45 world leaders, whose governments collectively represent over 70% of global GDP, launched the Breakthrough Agenda, aiming at strengthening international collaboration on decarbonizing high-emitting sectors (Transport, Power, Hydrogen, Steel, and Agriculture) and making clean technologies and sustainable solutions the most affordable, accessible and attractive option in all regions by 2030.…


Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings

The Building Technologies Office research is helping make buildings become smarter about the amount and timing of energy use and emit less carbon through the Grid-interactive Efficient Buildings (GEB) Initiative. The GEB Initiative works to remake buildings into a clean and flexible energy resources by combining energy efficiency and demand flexibility with smart technologies and communications to inexpensively deliver greater affordability, comfort, productivity, and performance to America’s homes and buildings.…


Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction

The Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction (Buildings-GSR) is a flagship publication of the UNEP-hosted Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC). The Buildings-GSR provides an annual snapshot of the progress of the buildings and construction sector on a global scale and reviews the status of policies, finance, technologies, and solutions to monitor whether the sector is aligned with the Paris Agreement goals. It also provides stakeholders with evidence…


The American Climate Corps will put a new generation of Americans to work

President Biden is announcing a new initiative to train young people in high-demand skills for jobs in the clean energy economy. The American Climate Corps will put a new generation of Americans to work conserving our lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, advancing environmental justice, deploying clean energy, implementing energy efficient technologies, and tackling climate change. American Climate Corps members will gain the skills necessary to access good-paying jobs that…


Request for Information on Developing a National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building

DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) has released a request for information (RFI) to solicit feedback from industry, academia, research laboratories, government agencies, and other stakeholders on Part 1 of a draft National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building. Responses to this RFI will help to develop a National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building that will serve as a clear market signal and consistent target, backed by measurable data, that…


The Impact of Building Energy Code

Building energy codes represent a significant savings opportunity for U.S. home and business owners. Model energy codes for residential and commercial buildings are projected to save (cumulative 2010-2040): $182 billion energy cost savings 840 MMT of avoided CO2 emissions 16.1 quads of primary energy These savings equate to the annual emissions of: 187 million passenger vehicles 225 coal power plants 106 million homes Learn More >


“City of Yes” Zoning Changes Approved

“The ‘City of Yes for Carbon Neutrality’ builds on the success of the influential Zone Green area bonus by restructuring it to focus on whole-building energy use,” said George Kontaroudis, vice chair, New York Passive House. “This change will incentivize the incorporation of a wider variety of low-energy building systems, from HVAC, to façade, and on-site renewable energy generation. Our city has demonstrated time and again that when we incentivize…



There are easy and cost-effective actions that can be taken now

Carbon emissions from the materials used to construct buildings is a major global emissions source but is not yet part of many official calculations to decarbonize buildings. Current and historic efforts have focused primarily on reducing operational energy use – the emissions from the burning of fossil fuels at the buildings – or to produce electricity to power homes and businesses. Yet there are easy and cost-effective actions that can…