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Untapped Market in Smaller Green Retrofits

Untapped Market in Smaller Green Retrofits | near zero house | Scoop.it
While many "green" building techniques have become the norm for new construction, panelists at a recent ULI forum say significant opportunities exist for upgrading or retrofitting buildings with green systems and technology.

Via Sarah Jancot ESSEC
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interesting, and surely, in order to have a more sustainable environment, we have to confront with the existing buildings. I am writing from Italy, and i think that along we the requirement of new smart near zero building we have to address the retrofit of the huge amount of industrial re-convertible buildings

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Go geothermal to maximize energy efficiency

A huge leap in energy conservation, and undoubtedly the most innovative of all energy saving tactics has its origins in the earth itself

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In the project Casa Zero Energy, in Italy- Udine, we have applied the system indicated in this article. Infact, the residential building was officialy presented in 2010, and is lived since. 

we use geothermal system to heat and cool the house, and photo-voltaic panels integretated with solar ones for electricity.

since 2010 we monitor the house in order to better understand the behavior of the building whilst lived in by a family of four persons.

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, May 19, 2013 11:20 PM

>This geothermal system provides a quiet environment with a consistent temperature throughout the house or building; efficiently comfortable in the winter, and cool in the summer. The heating or cooling mode can be changed with a simple switch on the indoor thermostat. With virtually no use of fossil fuel, costs for heating and cooling for a typical 4,000-square-foot home can run as low as $2 per day/$60 per month.<

 

 

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Integrating Building into the Smart Grid

Integrating Building into the Smart Grid | near zero house | Scoop.it
It will take time to get from point A, today’s grid and building technologies and power markets to point B, a Smart Grid with intelligent buildings and transactive markets, but it can be done.

Via Joan Tarruell, Stephane Bilodeau, Hans De Keulenaer, Diedert Debusscher, Duane Tilden
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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, June 2, 2013 6:13 PM

"A very important conference occurred in Portland, Oregon last week – the Gridwise Architecture Council hosted the first international Transactive Energy Conference.  The topic of transactive energy is so new that there’s no formal definition yet, but as the author of the Smart Grid Dictionary, here’s my suggestion.  Transactive energy is a software-defined, low-voltage distribution grid that enables market participation by distributed energy resources (DER) bidding generation of negawatts or kilowatts.  Transactive energy describes the convergence of technologies, policies, and financial drivers in an active prosumer market – where prosumers are buildings, EVs, microgrids, or other assets."

Duane Tilden's curator insight, June 8, 2013 6:30 PM

>Transactive energy will play a critical defining role in grid modernization and shaping the Smart Grid.  Buildings, as noted in last week’s article consume 40% of the nation’s energy.  And while building owners can justify purchase decisions on energy savings as well as sustainability values, there’s another crucial factor for building owners to invest in technologies that reduce energy use and deliver self-generation.  That reason is to address the increasing vulnerability of the electrical grid to momentary and sustained power outages to both natural and human causes.

 

Buildings and their occupants are impacted by grid-related power outages.  The negative impacts range from reduced work productivity and decreased occupant safety and health to reductions in lifestyle standards.  Just like real estate values are higher for green buildings with LEED recognition, in the future, buildings that are grid-hardened may command premium prices because they preserve delivery of services regardless of grid status.  It is a compelling new variable in value propositions for tenants and occupants.<

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Japanese company leads on green demolition | Green Futures Magazine

Japanese company leads on green demolition | Green Futures Magazine | near zero house | Scoop.it
A new system salvages building materials for recycling and harnesses energy as it brings Tokyo’s high-rise down. () Green construction has been the subject of considerable attention for some time now – but what about demolition?

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very interesting indeed...we think always to sustainable buildings, but little about a sustainable demolition and this will be an important theme for old industrial towns that go through great changes and we will have to think on demololition of industrial buildings or retrofit

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GreenAsiaForce's curator insight, May 21, 2013 12:17 AM

Green demolition? This is a very interesting idea that make way to even a greener building.

Jessica Boriani's comment, May 21, 2013 6:05 AM
very interesting
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bamboo house at solar decathlon

bamboo house at solar decathlon | near zero house | Scoop.it
the house features two curved roofs and a solar-facing wall which are clad with photovoltaic panels that can generate enough energy to sustain the house, and potentially sell back to the grid.

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GreenAsiaForce's curator insight, May 6, 2013 2:49 AM

Bamboo and solar energy, winning combination for the future?

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Shangri-La Unveils Details of New Sustainability Report

Well ahead of 2015 targets, environmental and conservation achievements in 2012 include a 20% reduction in potable water consumption per guest night and 13% reduction in energy consumption per guest night across the group compared with 2010 levels.
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Tip: Green Building Incentives in Seattle

Tip: Green Building Incentives in Seattle | near zero house | Scoop.it
  Green roofers in Seattle should be seeing steady business. The city of Seattle is offering quite a few green building incentives to its residents. Do you want to retrofit your roof in Seattle?
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very interesting project

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A new generation of green building insulation - Greener Ideal

A new generation of green building insulation - Greener Ideal | near zero house | Scoop.it
Green innovations are constantly changing as innovators are coming up with products. In terms of energy-saving insulation products, the three latest innovations are: Vacuum Insulation Panels, Aerogels, and Phase-Change Materials.

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Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings and Offsite Renewables | Leonardo ENERGY

The facts and thoughts presented in this position paper reveal the complexity but also the potential organisational, financial and environmental benefits of integrating off-site electricity into the nearly-zero energy building concept. A thorough analysis of the EPBD's definition, existing concepts for nZEBs, aspects that influence the share of renewable energy and key issues around off-site renewables in nZEBs like energy cost, the advent of grid parity, metering schemes, ownership schemes of electricity generation, standardisation, monitoring, verification and enforcement has been done as a first contribution for starting a broader discussion around this topic.


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Diedert Debusscher's curator insight, March 12, 2013 4:26 AM

The European Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) does not consider off-site renewables as an option to cover the (very low amount of) energy required by nearly Zero-Energy Buildings (nZEB). This is surprising, as electricity consumption in buildings is expected to rise due to increased uptake of heat pumps and as electricity supply is on a path toward decarbonisation.

Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:14 AM

Although nearly-zero energy building standards will be mandatory only for new buildings by 2020 the next and even more important question is how to transform the building stock to that level until 2050. The sheer magnitude of this challenge requires that in principle every building owner must be given a sufficient set of options to have a fair and equal chance to transform his property to nearly-zero energy standard. Thus electricity from on-site, nearby and off-site sources must be a natural part of the set of options.

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Paradise or Oblivion

Paradise or Oblivion This video presentation advocates a new socio-economic system, which is updated to present-day knowledge, featuring the life-long work of Social Engineer, Futurist, Inventor and Industrial Designer Jacque Fresco, which he calls...
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Punggol Waterway wins global real estate award

Punggol Waterway wins global real estate award | near zero house | Scoop.it
The Housing Board's waterfront project, My Waterway@Punggol, bagged a gold award at a global award ceremony in Taiwan earlier today.

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GreenAsiaForce's curator insight, June 5, 2013 8:30 PM

More award winning waterway in Singapore. This tiny republic is really serious about greening their housing neighborhoods.

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Building With Shipping Containers In the Tropics (Part 1) | GREENASIAFORCE.com

Building With Shipping Containers In the Tropics (Part 1) | GREENASIAFORCE.com | near zero house | Scoop.it

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an interesting topic on how to ricicle containers as homes

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GreenAsiaForce's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:27 PM

Fancy building with shipping containers? Do your homeworks first!

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Singapore’s Sky High Vertical Garden Opens To The Public

Singapore’s Sky High Vertical Garden Opens To The Public | near zero house | Scoop.it

The design reflects the city’s surrounding streetscape, housing hotel and office space in a courtyard-inspired design. Labeled a “building-as-garden” concept, the Park Royal features a contoured tower podium from pre-cast concrete that acts as garden terraces concealing an opening to a car park and creating a vertical extension of dramatic greenery.

 

The impressive foliage could be mistaken for part of the adjacent Hong Lim Park, while other sustainable elements of the hotel include the use of automatic light, rain and motion sensors and integrated rainwater collection, irrigation and recycling technology.

 

Plants are not only found on the exterior façade but feature prominently throughout the naturally lit interiors. The decor complements the greenery, with warm, nature-inspired shades and textures worked into light and dark wood, pebbles and water features.


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GreenAsiaForce's curator insight, May 9, 2013 11:25 PM

Eye catching structure this building is indeed!

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Untapped Market in Smaller Green Retrofits

Untapped Market in Smaller Green Retrofits | near zero house | Scoop.it
While many "green" building techniques have become the norm for new construction, panelists at a recent ULI forum say significant opportunities exist for upgrading or retrofitting buildings with green systems and technology.

Via Sarah Jancot ESSEC
Jessica Boriani's insight:

interesting, and surely, in order to have a more sustainable environment, we have to confront with the existing buildings. I am writing from Italy, and i think that along we the requirement of new smart near zero building we have to address the retrofit of the huge amount of industrial re-convertible buildings

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Towards sustainable cities, one campus at a time | The Alternative

Towards sustainable cities, one campus at a time | The Alternative | near zero house | Scoop.it
The inaugural event of the Tie-IIHS 'The Sustainable City' series brought together academics, decision makers, students and entrepreneurs to discuss how campuses can contribute to building more sustainable urban centres of the future.
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Victory at Hand for the Climate Movement?

Victory at Hand for the Climate Movement? | near zero house | Scoop.it

Far from being at society’s margins it has the support, to various degrees, of virtually all governments, and many of the world’s most powerful political leaders, including the heads of state of the USA, China and other leading economies. It counts the CEO’s of many global companies and many of the world’s wealthiest people as active supporters – who between them direct hundreds of billions of dollars of capital every year towards practical climate action. And of course, this comes on top of one of the most global, best funded, broadly based and bottom up community campaigns we have ever seen.

 

That is the reality of the climate movement – it is massive, global, powerful, and on the right side of history.

 

So why, many ask, has it so far not succeeded in its objective of reducing CO2 emissions? Much has been written on this topic but most of it is wrong. It is simply an incredibly big job to turn on its head the global economy’s underpinning energy system. And so it has taken a while. Considering how long other great social movements took to have an impact – such as equality for women or the end of slavery and civil rights movements – then what’s surprising is not that the climate movement hasn’t yet succeeded. What’s surprising is how far its come and how deeply it has become embedded in such a short time.

 

And now is the moment when it’s greatest success might be about to be realised – and just in time.


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Living Walls Transform Green InteriorsDesignBuild Source Canada

Living Walls Transform Green InteriorsDesignBuild Source Canada | near zero house | Scoop.it
The incorporation of interior greenery has grown to the point where it now even takes up indoor wall spaces.

 

"A new trend sees ‘bio-walls’ offering bring new life into conventional spaces. According to former University of Guelph researcher Dr. Alan Darlington, the incorporation of these green walls are drastically increasingly Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) passively, without energy reliance."

 

“We’re getting rid of 60 to 70 per cent of the pollutants in the air after a single pass through the filtration system,” he said. “It means less fresh outdoor air has to be brought in to maintain air quality and that significantly reduces the energy required to heat or cool that air. It’s a really beautiful technology.”


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Jessica Boriani's comment, March 22, 2013 5:35 AM
I love green walls, they are not only beautiful and make an environment alive, they are also a great solution against pollution
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Report: Efficiency Is a More Important Economic Driver Than Energy Supply : Greentech Media

Report: Efficiency Is a More Important Economic Driver Than Energy Supply : Greentech Media | near zero house | Scoop.it
A new analysis concludes that economic productivity is more closely tied to energy efficiency than energy production.

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Duane Tilden's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:08 AM

The chart shows that energy efficiency met nearly three quarters of the demand for services, while energy supply met only one quarter.

 

"One immediate conclusion from this assessment is that the productivity of our economy may be more directly tied to greater levels of energy efficiency rather than a continued mining and drilling for new energy resources," wrote Laitner.