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Is industry fragmentation blocking the path to net-zero energy buildings?

Eco-Business recently published an article reporting on how the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) plans for all new buildings to be net-zero on carbon by 2030, and all buildings old or new to be net-zero carbon by 2050. These buildings would be highly efficient in design and powered by renewable sources. Though only begun two …

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This is what cities need to do by 2050 to meet climate goals

Alejandra Borunda, a science and engineering fellow at National Geographic, summarizes a recent report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions that says cities could cut their carbon emissions by 90% using existing technologies. These findings are critical, Borunda says, because about 70% of the global population will live and work in cities by 2050, and …

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To Meet Demand for Green Buildings, Developers Get a Leg Up

New York Times staff writer Joe Goss writes about the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing option, which operates like a loan that can help developers pay for high-cost requirements in new green, energy-efficient buildings. The PACE loan is lower cost, has fixed interest rates, and gives developers 20-30 years rather than the more typical …

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How do buildings contribute to climate change?

Diana Budds, who writes about architecture and urban design for Curbed, recently wrote about the key ways in which buildings are contributing to climate change: she says that these factors include “how we construct buildings, how we use them, and where they’re located,” and together they mean that buildings and construction account for 36% of …

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Data analytics and automation give REITS more control

David Walsh, the founder and CEO of CIM Enviro, writes that building owners and managers are becoming increasingly more interested in property optimisation, especially the kind that they can control themselves instead of outsourcing to vendors. The most common forms of optimization that Walsh identifies include increased energy efficiency, system performance, and fault detection, which …

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Top five 2019 eco-friendly smart building trends

Staff writer Urvashi Verma notes that smart buildings and green energy are of tremendous interest to the construction and real estate industries, especially because commercial and industrial buildings consume nearly 30% of the world’s annual energy output. Verma predicts that “sustainability, wellness, and resiliency” are three crucial areas that companies will be addressing in 2019 …

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