How 10 billion people could live well by 2050 – using as much energy as we did 60 years ago

Flattening inequality between and within countries could allow everyone a good standard of living within a liveable climate.

Joel Millward-Hopkins, Postdoctoral Researcher in Sustainability, University of Leeds • conversation
Oct. 5, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change energy automation energy-efficiency climate-action renewable-energy energy-consumption global-inequality

Looser standards for showerheads could send a lot of water and money down the drain

The Trump administration is trying to roll back a regulation that requires showerheads to conserve water and saves owners an average of $70 and nearly 3,000 gallons of water yearly per showerhead.

Robert Glennon, Regents Professor and Morris K. Udall Professor of Law & Public Policy, University of Arizona • conversation
Sept. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 water energy-efficiency deregulation drought regulation trump-administration water-conservation water-efficiency us-department-of-energy

Why zero-carbon homes must lead the green recovery from COVID-19

Building a greener economy starts at home.

Ranald Boydell, Visiting Lecturer in Sustainable Development, Heriot-Watt University • conversation
June 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: energy-efficiency housing decarbonisation covid-19-lockdown sustainable-living economic-recovery zero-carbon-homes

Buildings consume lots of energy – here's how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

Net zero energy buildings produce at least as much energy as they use. Designing whole net zero campuses and communities takes the energy and climate benefits to a higher level.

Charles F. Kutscher, Fellow and Senior Research Associate, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute, University of Colorado Boulder • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change heating cooling energy-efficiency energy-use buildings renewable-energy sustainable-cities geothermal-energy district-heating net-zero

Average home is more spacious now than ever – here's why that's a problem for the environment

Larger homes with fewer occupants have a bigger energy and heating demand.

Katherine Ellsworth-Krebs, Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University • conversation
March 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags:  sustainability  heating  energy-efficiency  housing  social-housing  homes

Harvard scientists develop way to identify topological materials

Though they have unusual properties that could be useful in everything from superconductors to quantum computers, topological materials are frustratingly difficult to predictably produce. To speed up the process, Harvard researchers in a series of studies develop methods for efficiently identifying new materials that display topological properties.

Peter Reuell • harvard
April 16, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  materials  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  quantum-computers  topological-insulators  ashvin-vishwanath  energy-efficiency  insulators  materials-science  superconductors  topological-materials  topology  vishwanath

What’s wasting power at home? Ask your app! | MIT News

New system from MIT can identify how much power is being used by each device in a household.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 1, 2016 ~8 min

Tags:  internet-of-things  sustainability  energy  energy-efficiency  research  school-of-engineering  electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs  research-laboratory-of-electronics

Moderating extremes in building design | MIT News

Leon Glicksman develops energy efficiency technologies and strategies for old and new buildings all over the world.

Steve Calechman | MIT Industrial Liaison Program • mit
Oct. 5, 2015 ~8 min

Tags:  sustainability  energy  architecture  industry  construction  profile  energy-efficiency  mechanical-engineering  faculty  building

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