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RMI Reacts To America’s Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Trump’s climate policy, RMI Reacts To America’s Withdrawal From Paris Agreement

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

Friends, we are greatly disappointed in President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

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5 Steps to Redefining Thermal Comfort

The ECOreport reposts the story of a building in Basalt Colorado hat does not use central heating or cooling systems – 5 Steps to Redefining Thermal Comfort

Originally Published on RMI Outlet

By Chris McClurg

When the story broke that RMI’s 15,610 square foot innovative new office building and convening center in Basalt, Colorado, has no traditional central heating and cooling system in spite of being located in the coldest climate zone in the continental U.S., we definitely raised some eyebrows. How would occupants stay warm with external temperatures that averaged 38 degrees Fahrenheit with only a small, distributed heating system that is the energy-use equivalent of 1.2 average-sized homes? The answer is passive, integrative design.

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Pembina’s Comments on the BC Climate Leadership Plan

The ECOreport reposts the full text of Pembina’s Comments on the BC Climate Leadership Plan (with photos from their Flickr page)

Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute

This paper contains the Pembina Institute’s comments for the B.C. government’s second consultation period toward a new Climate Leadership Plan (CLP). Since our original submission published in August 2015, the Climate Leadership Team (CLT) has released its set of recommendations on what the next phase of the province’s climate actions should entail. As well, the Paris climate talks renewed global momentum for climate progress. On March 3, 2016, Canada’s first ministers and indigenous leaders will meet to hammer out a federal climate framework and establish principles to move together in a coordinated way to help Canada meet its international commitments to reduce carbon pollution.

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EU’s first State of the Energy Union report

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Sonja van Renssen

The EU’s first State of the Energy Union report is determinedly optimistic on progress, but offers little new information and appears to take just a small step towards resolving the biggest challenge of all: uniting national interests around EU priorities. Published by the European Commission on 18 November, the report is accompanied by a whole suite of studies in areas from energy security to climate action. The package sets out achievements to date and legislative proposals to come in 2016.

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Germany Leads the World in Energy Efficiency

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Germany leads the World in energy efficiency, according to the 2014 scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) today. Sixteen nations were studied. Six of the top 10 were from Europe. Canada was the only North American nation to make the cut, placing 9th.

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Are You Up for the Better Buildings Challenge?

By Roy L Hales

Screen shot 2014-03-18 at 3.43.47 PMThe Department of Energy has just released a new infogram about energy waste in the US. It traces conservation efforts back to the Better Building challenge that President Obama launched in 2011. 50% of America’s energy is wrapped up in it’s buildings. The DOE asks, “Are you up for the Better Buildings Challenge?”
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Reaching the Building Efficiency Tipping Point (Video)

RMI’s goal to make superefficient buildings the new normal

By Victor Olgyay

The evidence is overwhelmingly clear. Climate change is affecting us all in many ways and is on a trajectory to get worse in our lifetimes. None of us asked for this. But confronted with the choice of action or acquiescence, we must choose to act. RMI has chosen to act boldly to improve building energy efficiency.
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