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Zero Net Energy - October 20, 2022

  Becoming and remaining a net zero office building https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/22/opinion/energy-office-buildings-net-zero-climate.html Distributed battery systems for utilities: Vermont’s Green Mountain Power https://greenmountainpower.com/news/gmp-expands-battery-options-for-customers/ California’s PG&E https://electrek.co/2022/08/18/teslas-virtual-power-plant-first-event-helping-grid-future/ Utah’s Rocky Mountain Power (and Idaho) https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/batteries/in-utah-thousands-of-homes-feed-the-grid-stored-solar-power Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands building designed to generate more energy than it consumes https://www.unstudio.com/en/page/13592/echo-tu-delft https://inhabitat.com/echo-by-unstudio-generates-more-energy-than-it-uses/ Sunnova wants to build solar/battery neighborhoods that don’t connect to the grid https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/01/business/energy-environment/sunnova-off-grid-neighborhoods.html 5 net zero homes https://inh

Zero Net Energy - August 16, 2022

et zero energy city planned for Egypt - producing more energy AND food than it consumes https://urb.ae/projects/nexgensustainablecity/ https://inhabitat.com/first-climate-positive-net-zero-city-in-the-world/ Hotels With Net-Zero Ambitions https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/26/travel/hotels-sustainability-net-zero.html Net positive hotel being built in Denver, CO h https://inhabitat.com/first-carbon-positive-hotel-in-the-us-breaks-ground/ Critique by James Kunstler: https://kunstler.com/eyesore-of-the-month/may-2022/ Net zero energy renovation at the 2022 International Builder's Show (which is actually net positive energy renovation) https://www.rateitgreen.com/green-building-community/discussions/example-of-a-net-zero-energy-renovation-ibs-2022-home-tour-saw-horse-design/5804 Solar Exoskeletons – An integrated building system combining solar gain control with structural efficiency https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038092X22003930 Not solar roads but

Zero Net Energy - March 31, 2022

  Treehouse with "green walls, facades and rooftops, plus water features, natural light, and ventilation strategies to green the traditional office building,” winning an award from the World Green Building Council https://www.archdaily.com/974806/ronald-lu-and-partners-competition-winning-design-re-imagines-the-workplace https://inhabitat.com/biophilic-treehouse-imagines-a-greener-office-experience/ Decarbonization During Predevelopment of Modular Building Solutions - report on modular low-income housing https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy22osti/81037.pdf hat tip and article  https://cleantechnica.com/2022/02/23/net-zero-energy-blok-by-blok-lower-emissions-costs-with-net-zero-energy-modules/ McDonald’s build UK’s first “net zero” restaurant - including embodied carbon https://www.treehugger.com/mcdonalds-net-zero-restaurant-uk-5220187 Net zero tiny home on wheels https://www.firstlightstudio.co.nz/ohariu-tiny-home https://www.yankodesign.com/2021/07/09/this-tiny-home-on-wheels-is-solar-p

Zero Net Energy - March 11, 2022

  No waste, no carbon, net zero home https://www.acsarchitect.com/baboolal-residence https://inhabitat.com/no-waste-no-carbon-no-wonder-this-net-zero-home-breaks-the-mold/ Singapore plans a “forest town” https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2021/04/singapore-sustainable-smart-town-tengah Zero Carbon Communities Guide https://bze.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BZE-Zero-Carbon-Communities-Guide-v4.pdf hat tip to Robert McEleney Near net zero factory to residential retrofit in Rotterdam https://www.orangearchitects.nl/projects/ptt-binnenrotte/ https://inhabitat.com/a-telecoms-building-gets-a-new-life-as-energy-producing-apartments/ Net zero energy fire station and community hall for Onondaga Nation: "The new firehouse is named Tsha’tho├▒swatha,’ meaning 'where they put it out.' The aspirations of the Tsha’tho├▒swatha were: It will be built by the people of the Nation; It will walk gently on Mother Earth; It will be a vital part of the community and draw the community closer; It wi

Zero Net Energy - January 13, 2022

    Ithaca, NY raises $100 million to decarbonize its buildings https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/aug/19/ithaca-new-york-raised-100m-climate-proof-buildings https://inhabitat.com/ithaca-raises-100m-to-decarbonize-buildings/ 18 story tower gets a deep energy retrofit https://www.eraarch.ca/project/ken-soble-tower-transformation/ https://inhabitat.com/ken-soble-tower-sets-an-example-for-high-rise-sustainability/ Editorial Comment:  Greening the Empire State Building (from 2011) https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2011/9/10/1015400/ WorldG[reen]B[uilding]C[ouncil] Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment expands to include embodied carbon https://www.worldgbc.org/news-media/commitment-includes-embodied-carbon WorldGBC Advancing Net Zero Project https://www.worldgbc.org/advancing-net-zero Telosa - "To create a new city in America that sets a global standard for urban living, expands human potential, and becomes a blueprint for future generations" https://cityoftelosa.com http

Zero Net Energy - August 23, 2021

  Zero emissions drive would grow U.S. economy - Report shows meeting Paris climate goals would add trillions of dollars in economic growth https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2021/03/zero-emissions-drive-would-grow-u-s-economy/ https://energyinnovation.org/publication/a-1-5-celsius-pathway-to-climate-leadership-for-the-united-states/ Zero net energy, waste, and water development in Albany, NY http://garrisonarchitects.com/projects/the-seventy-six https://www.treehugger.com/triple-net-zero-development-albany-5118512 NC net zero home https://inhabitat.com/no-waste-no-carbon-no-wonder-this-net-zero-home-breaks-the-mold/ https://www.acsarchitect.com/baboolal-residence Carbon neutral, net energy positive ecodistrict for Lille, France https://vincent.callebaut.org/object/210126_archiborescence/archiborescence/projects https://inhabitat.com/vincent-callebaut-envisions-a-carbon-neutral-district-for-france/ Toranomon-Azabudai Project - an urban village for Tokyo focusing on “green” and “wellnes

Zero Net Energy - March 24, 2021

    Making a wooden solar insolation visualization https://youtu.be/PvcvY4ToFaQ https://www.makingdatatangible.com/solar/  - program to help you make your own https://pysolar.readthedocs.io/en/latest/  - a collection of Python libraries for simulating the irradiation of any point on earth by the sun Editorial Comment:  possibly a useful tool for those thinking about solar in relation to zero net energy District heating in Sweden https://www.ecowatch.com/sweden-renewable-energy-homes-2647776925.html World’s largest PassivHaus-certified office building  https://handelarchitects.com/project/winthrop-center https://inhabitat.com/this-will-be-the-worlds-largest-passive-house-certified-office-building/ Saudi Arabia to build a zero emissions city https://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabia-to-build-a-zero-emissions-city/a-56189240 Sustainable Housing Ownership Project, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation https://thundervalley.org/program-guide/sustainble-home-owenership-project Gothenburg