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Zero Net Energy - March 31, 2022

by gmoke Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 03:31:37 AM EST

Treehouse with "green walls, facades and rooftops, plus water features, natural light, and ventilation strategies to green the traditional office building," winning an award from the World Green Building Council
https:/www.archdaily.com/974806/ronald-lu-and-partners-competition-winning-design-re-imagines-the-w orkplace

Decarbonization During Predevelopment of Modular Building Solutions - report on modular low-income housing
hat tip and article https:
cleantechnica.com/2022/02/23/net-zero-energy-blok-by-blok-lower-emissions-costs-with-net-zer o-energy-modules

McDonald's build UK's first "net zero" restaurant - including embodied carbon

Net zero tiny home on wheels
www.yankodesign.com/2021/07/09/this-tiny-home-on-wheels-is-solar-powered-net-zero-solution-d esigned-by-an-actual-architect

New Zealand eco-lodge accepts the Living Building Challenge and is a net positive building

Cacao Eco Village in Ecuador will be 3D printed from cacao waste, the first of a planned global network of sustainable smart villages -- a carbon-neutral circular economy for the cacao industry

Solar Decathlon finalists, all 55 of them (Wentworth Institute of Technology is a finalist in 3 different categories)

Net zero energy prefabricated housing modules report from NREL, Wells Fargo, and Blokable
Article:  https:
www.nrel.gov/news/program/2022/blok-by-blok-lower-emissions-and-costs-with-net-zero-energy-m odules.html
Report:  https:
hat tip Martin Voelker

The Independent - Austin, TX net energy neutral 58 story tower

Sunflower Village - 3D printed net zero community

Fresco Motors proposes net positive energy campus

House Zero - 3D printed net zero energy house

More zero net energy?
. yes 100%
. no 0%
. not yes 0%
. not no 0%
. neither yes nor no 0%
. both yes and no 0%
. don't understand the question? 0%
. none of the above 0%

Votes: 2
Results | Other Polls
I voted, YES, because I enjoy being reminded how little US states' and federal government do to promote, finance or distribute grants for "net zero" housing construction and "energy unit" rehab for "working families".
by Cat on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 03:25:17 PM EST
There is a brand new house going in up the street from me (on an in-fill lot) and it is being built using the same construction techniques as have been used for at least the last 50 years. And the site is perfect for a 100% passive solar home.

No learning.

by asdf on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 03:36:38 PM EST
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Politico | Biden requests $813B for national defense, 28 Mar
"The result is a blueprint that adds $20 to $30 billion a year to the budget topline in 2024 and 2025 over what had initially been envisioned, as 'the president was persuaded by the secretary's arguments and agreed to give us this money,' the official said."

White House | Remarks by President Biden on Actions to Lower Gas Prices at the Pump for American Families, 31 Mar

Look, I'm a capitalist.  I have no problem with corporations turning a good profit.  But companies have an obligation that goes beyond just their shareholders: to their customers, their communities, and their country. No American company should take advantage of a pandemic or Vladimir Putin's actions to enrich themselves at the expense of American families.
We need to embrace all the tools and technologies that can help us free us from our dependence on fossil fuels and move us toward more homegrown clean energy technologies made by American companies and American workers so we can bolster democratic supply -- excuse me -- domestic supply chains here at home and export those technologies around the world to reduce greenhouse gases.

That's why, today, I am issuing a directive to strengthen our clean energy economy.  I'm going to use the Defense Production Act to secure American supply chains for the critical materials that go into batteries for electric vehicles and the storage of renewable energy: lithium, graphite, nickel, and so much more.
If your home is powered by safer, cheaper, cleaner electricity, like solar or heat pumps, you can save about $500 a month [year] on average. Don't take my word for it.  The CEOs of 11 of America's largest utility companies came to see me at the White House several weeks ago.  They told me if we pass my plans before the Congress now, typical families will see savings show up in their utility bills immediately.  And costs will come down even more as we innovate and develop cutting-edge energy storage technologies, clean hydrogen technology, advanced nuclear technology, carbon capture- and sequestration technologies. And, by the way, this weeks, the benefit I included in the ["]Bipartisan Infrastructure Law["] to help families weatherize their homes are being delivered.

My administration is making $3.2 BILLION available from this legislation to provide up to $6,500 direct payment for working-class families to be able to weatherize their homes, to save them money, to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  It's a direct grant.

This program has been around for a while, and in the past, it's delivered to families -- average families another $327 [$372] in savings when they weatherize.  But now we have the ability to reach 10 times as many families because of the legislation that we already passed in the legislation.  But now we have the ability to reach 10 times as many families because of the legislation that we already passed in the legislation.

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archived "a wartime industrial effort to mass-manufacture heat pumps and ship them across the Atlantic"
by Cat on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 03:37:22 PM EST
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Design and construction of a new building using good environmental thinking is one thing. Here's a building near me that demonstrates a lot of possibilities in new construction.

Retrofitting an existing building is a lot harder. And there are a lot of existing buildings. Somebody asked me the other day about how to retrofit an existing large house with hot water heat. Unfortunately, without existing ducts, it is not very easy. And they had just a few years ago put on a huge addition that could have been done more thoughtfully.

by asdf on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 03:29:16 PM EST
Take a look at Energiesprong which has in interesting approach to retrofit and is now working in a few countries, including USAmerica:

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 09:46:32 PM EST
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Video link ugh.


Looks good!

by asdf on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 11:02:13 PM EST
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Also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lcede_lcgo8
by asdf on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 11:07:42 PM EST
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How to convince people to leave homes at serious risk from climate change.

Here's an idea. But beware of the side effects of such programs: investors might buy coastal property with the hope of using it as a beach rental now, and then getting money from the government later.

Florida has been experimenting with one approach that can address the long-term problems while allowing people to stay put: conferring "life rights," coupled with other tools such as tax incentives, for vulnerable properties. For instance, homes might become state property, but residents would be allowed to remain in their homes during their lifetime.
by asdf on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 03:32:20 PM EST
New uses for old technology! "perpetual bonds".
< wipes tears >
by Cat on Fri Apr 1st, 2022 at 03:44:19 PM EST
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