Posts in the 'Building Efficiency' category
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Da Nang, Vietnam partners with the Building Efficiency Accelerator to become a champion for building energy efficiency. Photo by Kenton / Flickr
Improving Building Efficiency: A Tale of 4 Cities
One-third of the world’s energy-related emissions come from buildings. So perhaps it’s no surprise that more than 80 national climate plans submitted ahead of COP21 in Paris included commitments to improve building efficiency. A year later, the discussion continues with Human Settlements Day today at COP22 in ...
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Construction Workers in Tianjin, China. Photo: Yang Aijun / World Bank / Flickr
Three Ways to Tackle the Knowledge Gap in Building Energy Code Enforcement
Cities and countries around the world are adopting building energy codes as tools to reduce energy consumption. Mexico City recently joined this wave, when, in June, the city updated its building regulations to include energy efficiency for the first time. ...
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Thermal image of the city of Boston. Image courtesy of Essess
Friday Fun: Scaling Sustainable Building Solutions—Collecting Actionable Building Data without Ever Stepping Foot Inside
What do a sun-harnessing mapping tool and a nighttime-venturing, camera-rigged SUV have in common? They both may hold an answer to scalable, cost-effective solutions to make our built environment more sustainable. As cities and citizens look to make buildings more ...
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of the Johnson Controls Headquarters, strives to enhance efficiency in city buildings. Photo by zekedawg00 / Flickr
Three Lessons for Unlocking Efficient Cities for All
Urban efficiency is all about linking the potential of buildings, energy and infrastructure to create smarter, more sustainable cities. But what does success look like, and how do cities get there? This past June, 34 city mayors, sustainability directors and ...
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Building owners and tenants struggle over building efficiency in modernizing cities, like Hong Kong. Photo by ¡kuba! / Flickr
Managing Behavior and “Building Culture” for Greater Efficiency
In the past few years, large commercial building owners and managers have expressed growing interest in using behavioral strategies to improve their buildings’ performance. That interest often takes the form of “occupant engagement,” whereby tenants are encouraged to adjust their ...
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A Busy Street in the Small Island Nation of Grenada. Photo by Kayla Sawyer/ Flickr
From the Bahamas to the Seychelles, Island Nations Fight Climate Change with Better Buildings
Facing environmental vulnerabilities like increasingly high temperatures, more frequent storm surges and a rising sea level, small island states have long been on the front lines of the fight against climate change. This existential threat has made some of the ...
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