Johnson Controls, Mahindra cash in on energy productivity

May 18, 2017 by  
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One year into EP100, 12 companies pledged to double their energy productivity and make their resources go a mile further.

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Episode 75: Businesses stand by Energy Star, REBA and Paris

May 12, 2017 by  
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In this week’s episode: Trump postpones Paris exit; businesses push for Energy Star and combine purchasing power through a renewable buyer’s alliance.

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Why so many businesses want to save Energy Star

May 8, 2017 by  
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The federal government’s marquee energy-efficiency program has enough funds to last through September. After that, its future is uncertain.

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3 low-carbon lessons from China for U.S. cities and companies

May 8, 2017 by  
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Investing in the energy performance of China’s new buildings can slash 1.2 billion tons of carbon emissions by 2030. Here’s how the U.S. can share the suite life.

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Accelerating sustainably in Tel Aviv’s fast lane

May 8, 2017 by  
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The first start-up accelerator was founded in Tel Aviv as recently as 2011. By 2015, the city had accelerated like a Tesla.

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The entire U.S. energy picture depicted in (almost) one chart

May 5, 2017 by  
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Last year, 66.4 quads of energy, or more than two-thirds of the total energy consumed, was rejected or given off as waste heat.

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How architects can take action on climate change

May 1, 2017 by  
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Market forces are stronger than ever in recognizing and capturing the opportunities around climate-responsible architecture design practices.

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Cover’s $50k algorithmic tiny houses are 80% more efficient than conventional homes

April 26, 2017 by  
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A California-based tech company is looking to bring tiny homes to the masses by streamlining the construction process with the help of computer algorithms. Cover has developed specialized software that creates custom-made, prefabricated tiny houses that are 80% more efficient than conventional homes – all without the help of architects, planning departments, or even contractors. Cover was founded by Alexis Rivas and Jemuel Joseph in 2014. The company seeks to give everyday people the tools to create “thoughtfully designed and well-built homes” for themselves rather than enlisting the help of costly professionals. The innovative process essentially removes the need for architects, planning departments, or even contractors by guiding users through a simple 3-step process: Design, Permit, and Build. Related: Student invents computer program to help Bedouin villages build better homes Although the idea may seem a little farfetched to some, the founders believe that this is the future of DIY home building : “We’re doing for homes what Tesla is doing for the car – using technology to optimize every step of the process, from design and sales, to permitting and manufacturing.” Cover’s process uses generative design technology and algorithms to spec out various design options based on individual needs. In the design phase of the process, which costs just $250, clients fill out a digital survey providing information about their lifestyle and design preferences such as location, style, size, etc. The company then meets with the clients onsite to discuss details. The next step is feeding all of the information into a computer program that generates multiple designs options based on the information. The program is also equipped to account for geospatial data, solar positioning , and zoning requirements. After the clients choose their design, the company develops and sends “photorealistic renderings and plans” and a full quote to the client. Currently, the company’s tiny dwellings range from $50,000 to $350,000, depending on size, location, design, etc. Once the design details are worked out, the second stage is obtaining the necessary building permits, followed by laying the foundation while the prefab structure is built in a factory. Once the permits are approved, most Cover dwellings can be completed in as little as nine weeks. Cover limits material waste by manufacturing each tiny home in a factory. Additionally, using digital technology produces more energy-efficient structures. According to founder Alexis Rivas, “We’re redesigning the details that make up a home to take advantage of the precision possible in a controlled environment. This allows us to build homes that are 80 per cent more energy efficient than the average new home.” Cover homes are currently only available in Los Angeles, but the company has plans to expand to other cities in the future. + Cover Images via Cover

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Marijuana meets Big Food: Why green weed isn’t easy to grow

April 20, 2017 by  
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Cannabis companies are hiring agriculture experts to grow newly-legal businesses, but pitfalls like organic labeling and big energy bills loom large.

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Here’s what we need to accelerate progress on global energy goals

April 20, 2017 by  
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The SDGS still face a big challenge: providing universal access to modern energy services and doubling energy efficiency and renewable energy.

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