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.
The pandemic has upended way of life around the world — and the impact on the future of buildings, building performance, and building use is in many ways still unknown. Pre-pandemic, building design was already experiencing early waves of transformation. Now, a shaken world economy, new public health priorities, evolving standards, and a possible shift
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.
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.
Guest bio John Mandyck joined Urban Green Council in 2018 as its first-ever CEO. He capped a 25-year career as Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Corporation, a Fortune 45 global leader in the building, aerospace and food refrigeration industries. He also serves as a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of
John speaks with Clay Nesler about building energy efficiency, especially how it ties to economic recovery and resilience in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Their discussion includes some of the various efficiency standards throughout the world and different approaches to retrofitting existing buildings.
Buildings — with their thirst for electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil — are a major contributor of atmospheric carbon. However, the building stock in the United States turns over, on average, every century, meaning today’s carbon emission output cannot be resolved without deep changes in existing buildings. The task is transformation. The challenges are
Drew Turner, Global Marketing Manager for Oil-free Solutions at Danfoss, joins host John Sheff in this episode of the Envisioneering Exchange podcast for a dialogue about the decarbonization policies in North America, and the role played by oil-free compressor and heat pump technology in meeting emissions targets and electrifications goals.
Host John Sheff interviews, Peter Dee, Danfoss’ Sales & Services Director for Food Retail in North America, about refrigerant trends in food retail applications, such as using alternative refrigerants, particularly natural refrigerants like CO2. Further they detail on what new and existing technologies are available to support an efficient, cost-effective transition to natural refrigerants, and the impact of refrigerant regulations.
In this episode of the Envisioneering Exchange podcast, host John Sheff and guest Vic Marinich, the Global Marketing Director for Air Conditioning at Danfoss, take a look at the current landscape of refrigerants for air-conditioning applications (from R-22 to R-410A, to R-134a and beyond). Later in the podcast, they discuss the phasedowns of high-GWP refrigerants as well as the emergence of flammable and mildly flammable refrigerants.