Posts in the 'Building Efficiency' category
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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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A View of Tremont Street in Boston. Photo by Yu-Jen Shih / Flickr
Supercharging Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure: Perspectives from Boston
Milton Bevington is Senior Advisor to the City of Boston under the City Energy Project. He guest-authored this post on the City of Boston’s work on sustainable infrastructure finance. The potential threat which climate change presents to the economy, public ...
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Thane, India, a satellite city of Mumbai. Photo credit EMBARQ/Flickr
Tools for Developing Building Efficiency Goals and Tracking Performance
Gaurav Sharma is a property developer in Thane, a satellite city of Mumbai. His family firm prides itself on supplying high-quality, environmentally-friendly residential housing to India’s growing urban middle and upper-middle class. By setting ambitious efficiency goals for this new ...
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