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.
Continue reading America’s Largest Net Zero Plus Building
The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed on the value of energy efficient homes to Canada’s development
Originally Published in The Hill Times
By Vivian Chung, Dylan Heerema
There is growing recognition across the country of the importance of buildings and energy efficiency to combatting climate change and meeting our commitments under the Paris Agreement. Because nearly a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions are linked to homes and buildings, improving the energy efficiency of our built environment is one of the federal government’s key action areas for climate action.
Continue reading The Value Of Energy Efficient Homes
The ECOreport reposts an update from the Pembina Institute, British Columbia’s Green Buildings
Originally Posted on the Pembina Institute
By Karen Tam Wu
France was a hub of the Renaissance, an era that saw landmark buildings built in Paris, including parts of the Louvre. So it’s fitting that the UN climate conference in Paris will host the inaugural Buildings Day. This is an important opportunity to chart a new course for how we can all use energy more efficiently within our homes and buildings.
Continue reading British Columbia’s Green Buildings
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.
Continue reading 5 Steps to Redefining Thermal Comfort
The ECOreport reposts news that Seattle Adopts Progressive Building Legislation
Originally Published on Seattle.Gov
Earlier this month, City Council passed building energy legislation that propels Seattle into an elite group of cities with progressive policies aimed at driving energy efficiencies and reducing climate impacts. At the direction of Mayor Murray, OSE developed the new policies to keep Seattle on track to meet Seattle’s GHG emissions reduction goal in the building sector, as outlined in our Climate Action Plan . OSE worked closely with stakeholders from the building community and would like to recognize the significant input and expertise they provided which helped OSE to craft the final bills. Seattle’s new energy legislation addresses three distinct areas:
Continue reading Seattle Adopts Progressive Building Legislation
The ECOreport looks at Filming The World’s “First” Eco-Friendly Skyscraper, the Shanghai Tower
By Roy L Hales
If we can believe the developers, Joe Nafis’ stunning documentary the Shanghai Tower is much more than a record of how the plantet’s second-highest skyscraper was built. Nafis spent four years filming the World’s “first” eco-friendly skyscraper.
Continue reading Filming The World’s “First” Eco-Friendly Skyscraper
Associate Professor Thomas Davidoff of UBC’s Sauder School of Business says candidates should be discussing affordable housing as a federal election issue
Originally Published on UBC News
Q/ What should the future prime minister do?
TD: To address high housing prices, which can make it difficult for renters to transition to home ownership, we should shift the tax burden from income taxes towards property taxes and taxing capital gains on housing. As different levels of government control income taxes and property taxes, they will need to work together.
Continue reading Housing As A Federal Election Issue
They are incredibly beautiful but a new study from the University of York found that in in hot, polluted climates, Living Green Walls May Be A Health Hazard
Originally Published on Click Green
Living ‘green’ walls may have adverse health effects on office workers living in hot, polluted climates, new research by University of York academics has found.
Continue reading Living Green Walls May Be A Health Hazard
By Roy L Hales
Though 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.
Continue reading Canada is #2 for LEED building in the World.
BC could have an net-zero building standards. As a member of the Pacific Coast Collaborative, it is committed. Will BC lead the way to ‘net-zero’ buildings?
Originally Published by the Pembina Institute
By Karen Tam Wu
The buildings where we live, work and play all have sizeable energy and carbon footprints. For example, your office may be pumping out the same amount of carbon pollution as eight cars and use as much electricity as running your printer all day every day for twenty years!
Continue reading Will BC lead the way to ‘net-zero’ buildings?