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Teaching Buildings to Swim in a Sea of Data

We have long used data to improve our buildings’ performance, and to inform building planning and operations. Building automation systems have replaced the manual operation of most large commercial buildings, and energy models utilizing data from existing buildings have been instrumental in informing energy codes and retrofit practices. Nevertheless, there’s…

A Leap Ahead for Energy Efficient Homes Down Under

Last month REA Group—the global online real estate advertising company and owner of realestate.com.au—launched Energy Scores on its popular real estate platform in partnership with U.S.-based Tendril to provide an instant snapshot of whole home energy performance across more than 80 percent of Australia’s home market. Based on…

Getting to Zero in Menlo Park

Guest author Diane Bailey is an environmental advocate, scientist, and the executive director of Menlo Spark. What happens when a small Silicon Valley city flanked by Stanford University and Facebook headquarters sets its sights on a climate-neutral future? A zero carbon pathway and a fresh approach to the built environment…

Thou Shalt Covet Thy Neighbor’s Home Energy Upgrade

When surveyed, homeowners respond that they want to do home energy upgrades. So why haven’t home energy upgrades spread like wildfire? Residential solar installations, meanwhile, spread like crazy in neighborhoods where even a few solar panels appear, in a process called “solar contagion.” A webinar on December 1 will reveal…

Report Release: Mapping a Pathway to Low-Carbon Campuses

In Rocky Mountain Institute’s recently released report, Mapping a Pathway to Low-Carbon Campuses, we draw on best-in-class examples to celebrate the common elements that define leaders, and provide integrative approaches that campuses can use to go deeper in their pursuit of low-carbon campuses—including aiming for zero net carbon and beyond.