Six reasons to be optimistic about the energy transition

Yes, the world is hooked on fossil fuels, but Canary Media’s experts are still hopeful about the rise of clean energy. Here’s why. By Canary Staff, 28 December 2023 The transition away from fossil fuels is a messy, frustrating and frequently uncertain story. Sometimes it seems like major change is just around the corner; other days it feels like we’re moving in the wrong direction. Read More >


Future Housing Initiative: Project Progress & Next Phase Launch

  December 1, 2023 Bright Power and Building Energy Exchange joined forces to launch The Future Housing Initiative—an endeavor to help drive the transition to low-carbon, multifamily housing with real world data and analysis of building performance. The Future Housing Initiative is aimed at creating a national, equity-centered database of real-world performance data on low-carbon multifamily buildings. It will include important metrics such as the resident quality of life, health,…


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.…


WHY VENTILATE?

To bring in oxygen. All living beings consume oxygen. Breathing turns oxygen into carbon dioxide (CO2), which can cause headaches, tiredness and concentration issues. Ventilation removes carbon dioxide from the house while introducing fresh air. To control humidity. Human activity creates humidity (breathing, baths, showers, cooking, laundry). For example, a family of four can release about 20 litres of water vapour in the air of the home every day. Excess…


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…


Henson is a Passive House Accelerator!

by Beth Weissman Press, Sustainability September 20, 2023 Happy Climate Week! Henson Architecture is proud to be Passive House Accelerator‘s Sponsor of the Week. Passive House Accelerator is an important global catalyst for Zero Carbon Building. We are excited to share our developing work with this inspiring organization sharing innovation in Passive House design and construction to the Passive House community as well as the broader public. Henson has completed…


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…


Top Reasons for Considering Installing a Heat Pump

December 5, 2023 More than Half of U.S. Homeowners Ranked Government Incentives as One of Their Top Reasons for Considering Installing a Heat Pump, According to Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC Survey SUWANEE, Ga. – Dec. 5, 2023 – According to a survey of U.S. homeowners conducted by Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US (METUS), 63% of American homeowners have heard of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and 54% ranked government incentives…


Call for Papers

The Call for Pa­pers is closed –  thank you for nu­mer­ous sub­mis­sions!   State­ment: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Pass­ive House In­sti­tu­te and mem­ber of the Sci­en­tif­ic Con­fer­en­ce Ad­vis­ory Board 2023 The next In­ter­na­tion­al Pass­ive House Con­fer­en­ce will take place on 5 and 6 April 2024 on the cam­pus "Tech­nik" of the Leo­pold Fran­zens Uni­versity Inns­bruck, Aus­tria. We re­ceived a total of 155 ab­stracts in the call for…


“Green Fast Track” to Build More Sustainable Housing More Quickly

Mayor Adams Combats Housing Crisis With "Green Fast Track" to Build More Sustainable Housing More Quickly December 11, 2023 Streamlined Environmental Review Process Will Cut Up to Two Years, $100,000 in Costs for Housing Proposals, Incentivize More Sustainable Housing Delivers on Adams Administration’s “Get Stuff Built” Plan to Tackle City’s Affordable Housing Shortage, Reach “Moonshot” Goal of 500,000 New Homes in a Decade NEW YORK – New York City Mayor…


Natural Habitat: Following The Sun in Brooklyn

Embark on an illuminating exploration of this Passive House brownstone, nestled in the heart of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Designed by Ingui Architecture for homeowner Chad Dickerson, this hyper energy efficient haven effortlessly fuses style and sustainability, significantly reducing the home's ecological footprint. Delve into the profound impact of passive design principles on environmental preservation and human well-being while setting the tone for the future of sustainable design See More >