Tag Archives: Green Buildings

America’s Largest Net Zero Plus Building

The ECOreport looks at how America’s largest net zero plus building illustrates the future of energy efficient design

By Roy L Hales

The first zero net energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California this standard has penetrated the residential market and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI),  in Greater Los Angeles, goes further. America’s largest net zero plus building is expected to generate an additional 185,000 KWh of electricity by the end of year one.

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Two Videos Illustrate Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy

The ECOreport reposts more insight from British Columbia, two Videos Illustrate Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy

Originally Published on the City of Vancouver

Our city has what it takes to successfully get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050.

  • We already have the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per person of any major North American city.
  • We are economically strong and diverse.
  • We are a city that innovates and already has abundant clean electricity.

Our goal: to get 100% of our energy from renewable sources before 2050

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How Vancouver Will Adopt 100% Renewable Energy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMVancouver’s Renewable City Strategy has been released. The city currently obtains 31% of its’ from clean energy sources. Though the Acting City Manager says he finds it “hard to imagine a city without fossil fuels,” he “enthusiastically supports” this plan.  How Vancouver will adopt 100% renewable energy by 2050 .
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How Would I Tackle The Climate Crisis?

Guy Dauncey tells us exactly what he would do in response to the question, If I Was Prime Minister of Canada, How Would I Tackle The Climate Crisis?

Originally Published on the Practical Utopian

By Guy Dauncey

New Scientist magazine reported in June that five meters of future sea-level rise is already locked in, due to the steady collapse of the West Antarctic Ice-Sheet. If we don’t act rapidly, their staff reported, it will be twenty metres.

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How Vancouver Can Get 100% Green Energy

At the Renewable Cities Conference last May, the city of Vancouver’s Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston explained How Vancouver Can Get 100% Green Energy

Originally Published on Clean Technica

By Zachary Shahan

As we reported back in April, Vancouver’s City Council has voted to transition 100% to renewable energy (not just electricity, but all energy). Deputy City Manager Sadhu Johnston discussed this plan and plenty of positive clean energy Vancouver initiatives in this final Renewable Cities PechaKucha presentation:

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Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Though LEED is not the world’s only green building rating system, it is the most most widely used and recognized. Thus it is no small thing that, for the second year in a row, Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.

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North America’s Greenest Building Code

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1North America’s greenest Building Code is an interview with Sean Pander, Green Building Manager, City of Vancouver,  about the City of Vancouver’s goal to become the world’s greenest City by 2020. It currently possesses North America’s Greenest Building Code.
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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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How RMI is Transforming Communities (video)

From Rocky Mountain Institute 

Published on Nov 26, 2013

RMI is working with communities like Fort Collins and campuses like Arizona State to transform their energy use–making their buildings more efficient, their transportation systems cleaner, and unlocking new economic value that stays in the local community.

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Is this Building on the UBC Campus the Greenest Building in Canada?

By David Dodge and Duncan Kinney, Green Energy Futures 

Published on Feb 9, 2013 – 

This four-story, 60,000 square feet structure is practically a living thing.  It’s a $37-million laboratory that aims to be more than just a place to go to class or do research. It’s going after LEED Platinum status, but that is the common, humdrum points-based green building certification program that everyone and their mom knows about. They’re also pursuing a Living Building Challenge certification. This certification is so hard to get, there are only three certified living buildings in the world.

http://www.greenenergyfutures.ca/episode/29-canadas-greenest-building
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