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“HouseZero” Building – Can It Fix the Problem of Climate Change?

The old building of Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, named “HouseZero”, may not look like any modern day structure, but the actual beauty lies in the fact that it consumes hardly any energy. Yes, as the industry is striving hard to help reduce carbon emissions, such green homebuilding and LEED constructions are really driving the momentum.


The building is covered in shingles, it has an inviting front porch, solar panels and angular grey window shades, which are absolutely impossible to miss. Constructed in 1924 with gut-renovated last year, the building is now a prototype for green-retrofitting and a living research lab.


The amazing part is that this building does not consumes any energy, which makes it more efficient than any sustainable “net zero” construction in today’s world. The director of the centre, Ali Malkawi, has a more audacious goal to reduce the demand for energy and make green living possible for all.


Malkawi, a professor of architectural technology, hopes to take data collected from the sensors of this old building, “HouseZero” and create software that will make green-retrofitting technology widely available. To improve the diversity of his data, similar experiments are under consideration in China, Colombia and elsewhere.


Latest Report & Stats


According to a latest report by United Nations, climate change could cause food shortages and more extreme weather as soon as 2040, which would be much earlier than previously thought. As per the report, the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions would cause nearly $54 trillion in damages if left unchecked.


The existing buildings account for 30% of all energy consumption globally. Count energy used during construction, buildings cause 39% of all emissions and transportation is responsible for 22%. Additionally, American households spend $230 billion on power every year.


The Progress


The good news is significant progress has been made in greening new buildings. Since 2000, more than 76,000 projects have finished LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). However, an estimated 65% of buildings are already standing that will be in operation for forty years from now.


The newest version of LEED for existing buildings, which was announced last March, includes radically updated criteria. So, 246 buildings have already begun the new certification process.


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