Category: Buildings

Heat Pumps and Heat Recovery: A Comprehensive Approach to Decarbonization and Electrification

The recent report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has increased the urgency on decarbonization. With many state and local governments setting limits on fossil fuels and carbon emissions for commercial buildings, the adoption of cleaner energy sources in the coming years will be necessary. Heat pumps, which provide an electric source of

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Exploring how the push for decarbonization and electrification can create opportunities for building design transformation

The recently released report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made it clear that unless we achieve net-zero carbon emissions and reduce additional greenhouse gases over the next decade, we may be facing pronounced environmental changes, including weather extremes and severe weather events. Conversations at both the state and federal level are

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Sustainability goals: commitment vs. action | EnVisioneering Exchange podcast ep. 18

Jake Elder and John Sheff discuss sustainability, the kinds of goals cities should make, the challenges in implementing those changes, and provides real-world examples of cities that have had success. Jake also makes suggestions on easy and cost-effective ways cities can improve sustainability. The COVID-19 pandemic has added the motivation to make changes to improve health safety, many of which will also improve sustainability.

Indoor air quality in a post-pandemic world | EnVisioneering Exchange podcast ep. 15

Francis Dietz calls in to the show to discuss the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ), especially in a post-pandemic world. Their conversation centers around what IAQ is, how it can impact health and safety, some of the costs associated with upgrading HVAC systems to improve IAQ, and some of the challenges businesses and schools face in improving IAQ.

Doing the climate math on New York’s uptake of green technologies in order to reach the 1.5°C pathway

A new report from Navigant shows that urban areas can get on track for the 1.5 degree target and eliminate air pollution in a cost-effective way by prioritizing investments in 1) electrifying cars, busses, trucks and vessels, 2) energy efficient heating and cooling of buildings, including district energy, 3) and sector integration.