New EEA briefing on how to keep buildings cool sustainably

Europe’s temperatures are rising more than twice as fast as the global average with more and more extreme heatwaves being recorded. The demand for sustainable cooling in buildings is increasing and, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week, there is a need for buildings that are energy efficient, use passive cooling … Continue reading New EEA briefing on how to keep buildings cool sustainably

Blog from Jane Marsh: What Home HVAC Systems Are Compatible with Renewable Energy?

The green revolution is influencing a sustainable residential market. Many more people are using advanced technologies to create net-zero properties. Creating sustainable homes can help countries everywhere shrink their carbon footprints. They may also help energy professionals and homeowners stay ahead of environmental regulations. Many regions are establishing emission reduction goals to conserve local ecosystems. … Continue reading Blog from Jane Marsh: What Home HVAC Systems Are Compatible with Renewable Energy?

The importance of urban tree canopy protection and restoration

Alex Boston, Fellow, MJ Wosk Centre for Dialogue; Executive Director, Renewable Cities, at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia writes on The Conversation website about the importance of green innovation in cities. What are your views?   Cities need to embrace green innovation now to cut heat deaths in the future In late June 2021, … Continue reading The importance of urban tree canopy protection and restoration

Review of the global heat pump market

Experts see heat pumps as one of the main solutions for tackling the carbon emissions associated with keeping buildings warm, both in the UK and internationally. Yet sales of the technology, often likened to a fridge running in reverse, have remained stubbornly low in many countries. Friends of EiD Jan Rosenow, principal and European programme … Continue reading Review of the global heat pump market

Heat pumps show there is life beyond gas boilers

Heat pumps and solar thermal systems are keeping users all across Europe well in their comfort zones –  physically, financially, and environmentally. The latest Coolproducts analysis reveals that 88% of European users are satisfied with the switch to renewable heating.   Heat pumps perform successfully across Europe – New consumer analysis There is life beyond … Continue reading Heat pumps show there is life beyond gas boilers

A new and innovative way to apply advanced AI techniques and adapt them in cooling buildings in Oman

Research led by Dr Maryam Zuhair Al Lawati, from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, discovered a new and innovative way to apply advanced AI techniques and adapt them in cooling buildings in Oman. A Times News Service article on the Times of Oman website discusses the new research.   Research finds new … Continue reading A new and innovative way to apply advanced AI techniques and adapt them in cooling buildings in Oman

How to stay cool – sustainably

Rising temperatures are leading to a surge in demand for cooling. But, ironically, the more we rely on energy-intensive air conditioners, the more the planet warms. Natalie Muller and Neil King discuss the options in an article on the Deutsche Welle website.   Climate emergency: Keeping homes cool on a warming planet In many places, … Continue reading How to stay cool – sustainably

The future of cooling our buildings must become a present-day priority

At the moment, reducing cooling energy demand is not explicitly part of energy policies for buildings in the UK. Of concern is that it’s projected that 75% to 85% of UK households will install air conditioning in response to rising temperatures by the end of the century. Radhika Khosla Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at … Continue reading The future of cooling our buildings must become a present-day priority

The future of air conditioning in a world marked by rising temperatures has come sharply into focus

A new study published on Wednesday in Nature provides valuable insights on the world's energy use as our weather gets more extreme. Molly Taft discusses the study in an article on the Gizmodo website.   Rising Temperatures Will Change Air Conditioning Use—But Not How You Might Expect After a summer of deadly heat, the future … Continue reading The future of air conditioning in a world marked by rising temperatures has come sharply into focus

With heat being an emergency for cities globally, Athens becomes the second city to appoint a chief heat officer to find ways to cool the city, beyond the obvious air conditioning in buildings

Heat is a particular problem for people in cities because built-up areas and concrete store heat from the sun, while energy use and transport create its own excess heat that adds to the natural warming effect, and there is less of the natural cooling effect of trees, vegetation and water. Athens has followed Miami-Date county … Continue reading With heat being an emergency for cities globally, Athens becomes the second city to appoint a chief heat officer to find ways to cool the city, beyond the obvious air conditioning in buildings