Why Cities Must Make Energy-Wasting Buildings More Efficient

“Picture all of the stores, offices, houses and apartment buildings in our cities. Then consider the appliances and electronics used in them along with the heating and air conditioning. Add up all the electricity they use and the fuels burned inside them, and buildings are responsible for nearly one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.”


The Dynamic Possibilities of Passive Design

“Passive House is an international certification program based in Germany with a Canadian office in Victoria. Net Zero, also known as zero-energy or zero net, is a global concept certified in North America by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Through thoughtful materials and design, a Passive House cuts energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90 per cent. A Net Zero building does much the same, but also produces energy through the use of solar panels and similar devices.”