Hurricane Michael over North Carolina

A Positive Net-Zero Attitude… Climate change is the single most important issue architects face

Climate change is the single most important issue architects face, and with every passing day the stakes are getting higher. By Ned Cramer The 2016 Paris Agreement focused on the effects of a 2 C (3.6 F) increase in average global temperature, and gave the world a deadline of...
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Energy Vault's storage tower consists of a six-craned tower capable of storing 35 MWh. (Courtesy Energy Vault)

This gravity-powered battery could be the future of energy storage

Over the last decade, the renewable energy industry has boomed due to the proliferation of new technology that is reducing the cost of construction and Energy Vault is developing a 400-foot crane that arranges 35-ton concrete blocks to store renewable energy and create a massive...
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Code Override: States and Cities Press Ahead on Efficiency Standards

On the energy front, all may not be lost with the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement thanks to the actions of local jurisdictions. By Alice Liao The decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement ultimately...
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Tech Companies Respond to Puerto Rico | Architect Magazine

Tesla, Sunnova, and Sonnen provide relief by sending energy storage products to the island, which has been without power since Hurricane Maria. By Ashleigh Popera Puerto Rico’s power grid has been down since Hurricane Maria devastated the island on Sept. 20. With reports that the...
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A hypothetical firebrick-based thermal storage system. Courtesy MIT

MIT turns to millennia-old tech for renewable energy storage – Curbed

Firebrick technology invented by Hittites in 17th century BC is being repurposed for a modern use by Barbara Eldredge With renewable energy sources becoming more and more advanced, storing that energy means big business. While we’ve seen technological breakthroughs enabling...
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Scientists Develop a “Better Way” to Produce Renewable Hydrogen – Scientific American

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed a “better way” to make hydrogen using renewable energy, according to a paper published this month in Nature Energy By Melissa C. Lott Scientists at the U.S. Department of...
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Columbia GSAPP: An audience member asks a question at Embodied Energy and Design, a day-long, public conference held at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation earlier this month.

Understanding Embodied Energy in Design

Architects know how to manage the energy generated and consumed by a building during its working life, but what about that used to create it? A recent conference at Columbia University explored that question. By Blaine Brownell Architects may be familiar with the concept of...
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