The Missing Pieces: The Next Frontier of Zero Carbon

ChuckLohre Greenbuild

Editorial comment, “We love hearing about carbon! It is so inclusive and brings every aspect of our world into focus. No longer can suppliers say, not applicable, not our problem, doesn’t apply. Steel from China isn’t the same as steel from the mill 50 miles from us. Concrete has always bothered us and now we have a rational way of …


Machine Learning for City-scale Decarbonization Planning – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

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Editorial, ” This session reviews the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Cities program globally. Cincinnati received its LEED Certification in November 2019. The second speaker presented his PhD work analyzing efficiency models holistically and not individually. This allows a city to understand where investment will have the most impact. We are donating our time attending Greenbuild to help the Contemporary …


Local Energy and Carbon Mandates for Existing Buildings – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

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Our editorial, “These large cities are committed to carbon neutrality by 2050. It might be too late to save many species on earth but better sooner than later. The municipal buildings lead the way, larger private building are targeted next and finally smaller private buildings. Non-compliance fees will fund resources offered to achieve improvements like PACE does. Policy making is a difficult …


Simplifying Deep Building Retrofits with Integrated Systems – 2020 Greenbuild Session Review

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Our editorial review, “This presentation reviewed the typical efforts to save energy in commercial buildings. The Contemporary Arts Center we are volunteering to help with, doesn’t fit into a landlord and building resale life cycle. We did learn about the incentives California utilities provide, we’ll be reviewing these with Duke Energy. There were some pilot programs that the CAC may …


All-electric Buildings for an Equitable Low Carbon Future – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

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Our editorial review, “This session had some very good solutions to eliminating fossil gas from a 100,000 sf building. At the Contemporary Arts Center project of 86,500 sf, we can’t build the building differently  but there are a lot of mechanical solutions for the Midwest’s cold weather and four season conditions. We’ll be following up with John Andary and thank …


Aptera, 1st Gen Honda Insight and ASW 15 Comparison

ChuckLohre Aptera, ASW 15, Honda Insight

What do two cars, two decades apart, and a 50 year old glider have in common? More than you might think. I’m a volunteer Aptera Ambassador and enjoy spreading the word about this cool and innovative vehicle that charges itself! Eight years ago I was looking for a small energy efficient car and found out about the 1st Generation Honda Insight …


The Great Balancing Act: A Candid look at the Business Case for Decarbonization, Material Health and Circularity – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

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As the green building movement has matured, and an awareness of the urgent problems at hand – climate crisis, material toxicity, resource depletion, systemic racism, and now pandemic – has expanded, the list of sustainability attributes that clients are requesting has grown to seemingly unmanageable lengths. How can the green building community prioritize, balance, and consolidate market demands for meaningful …