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Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30

Zero Net Energy—From Building Scale to Campus Scale | Planning Webinar 9/30 | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Interest in zero net energy (ZNE) grows rapidly, but implementation is lagging. This webinar will look at the decision-making factors institutions consider when building a ZNE facility. Is the trend line bending towards greater ambition, or are institutions staying on the sidelines as costs come down, technologies improve, and the daring few pave the way, offering valuable lessons learned? Corporate and institutional representatives will also examine lessons from from Washington University in St. Louis, Cornell University, and Case Western Reserve University. They will offer first-hand experience on specific ZNE installations, both at the small and large scale, and will look ahead to predict what's next. This program will include frequent audience polling and opportunities for questions.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 2:00 PM–3:30 PM eastern—An interactive look at the trends, technologies, costs, and boundaries impacting Zero Net Energy buildings. Register now!

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The Growing Trend of CFOs Prioritizing Energy Reduction Projects

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Yes, there is. And the author covers, concisely, a number of the reasons why.

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MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete?

MIT Wristband Could Make AC Obsolete? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
A team of students at MIT is working on a prototype wearable that asks one important question: Why heat or cool a building when you could heat or cool a person?
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Good question. This is especially promising for attending professional conferences. But, seriously, what if individuals could control their own perceptions of being hot or cold, with mush less regard to the microenvironment they are in? How would this change AEC? Design? Learning?

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Drowning in Light: The cheaper it gets the more of it we use

Drowning in Light: The cheaper it gets the more of it we use | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"In 1996, Yale economist William D. Nordhaus calculated that the average citizen of Babylon would have had to work a total of 41 hours to buy enough lamp oil to equal a 75-watt light bulb burning for one hour. At the time of the American Revolution, a colonial would have been able to purchase the same amount of light, in the form of candles, for about five hour’s worth of work. And by 1992, the average American, using compact fluorescents, could earn the same amount of light in less than one second. That sounds like a great deal."

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And the cheaper light gets, the more light we use. Maybe that's a good thing for higher education:


Many of the first treatises denying the existence of ghosts and witches came from larger cities in the Netherlands and England, which featured some of the earliest and most extensive street lighting in Europe.

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