Community leaders everywhere can encourage building contractors to engage energy suppliers about measurable demand reduction, and the potential for new local jobs.
Estimations for the percentage of greenhouse gases emitted by the buildings sector vary wildly. But any assessment should include both the embodied energy involved in constructing new buildings and the energy costs of heating, cooling and lighting buildings.
Would the transition away from fossil fuels fatally weaken BC’s economy, as some conservative thinkers fear? Worse yet, would it drag us back to the dark ages? Are the fear-mongers right?
•U.S. support of grid energy storage charges up •Berlin energy grid nationalisation fails in referendum •In Brazil, the wind is blowing in a new era of renewable energy •Actively cutting energy bills in Oldham – welcome to the ‘Passivhauses’ •China’s troubled shift to a green economy
The team’s dream was to build a solar-powered house that could not only compete with the most cutting-edge technologies out there, but was actually affordable and something ordinary people would want to live in.
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