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Solar Decathlon Time Lapse

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This week’s video is a time lapse of the construction of the 2009 Solar Decathlon entry from Cornell University, nicknamed the “Silo House.”

You can find more information about the 2009 Solar Decathlon here. You can find more information about the Cornell entry here.

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FEMA & USGBC on Resilient Communities

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Last Wednesday, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) gave a speech describing the role green building can play to ensure resilient communities as the climate shifts. Fugate was the keynote speaker of the National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and Security in the 21st Century at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

The presentation also featured the launch of a report by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The report, Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions, describes potential adaptive strategies familiar to green building practitioners. These strategies add an important new dimension to green building’s long-standing focus on reducing greenhouse gases through energy efficiency and renewable and low-carbon energy supplies.

You can find the full report on the USGBC site here.

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Blots, or Blotting

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(Image credit: StructureHub)

I started hearing about blots and blotting late last year, first via a couple posts I found on Shrinking Cities (here and here) and then most recently via a story on NPR. Both sources feature stories about the de-densifying city of Detroit. Interboro claims credit for coining the term “blotting” about eight years ago.

According to Shrinking Cities, “the use of ‘blots’, or ‘side lot expansions’, is a technique that gives homeowners with vacant land adjacent to their home the opportunity to purchase that property as an expansion to their own for a nominal cost.”

The NPR story cites a startling statistic – in Detroit, it’s estimated that up to 40 square miles of land sits vacant.To give a sense of scale,the entire city of San Francisco is about 47 square miles. So both formally and informally, Detroit is encouraging its residents to buy or just sort of annex adjacent properties in order to take care of the properties and stabilize neighborhoods.

Part of our series making sense of eco-lingo and technical terms.
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Interactive Map of ARPA-E Projects

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ARPA-E (the Advance Research Projects Agency-Energy) has launched a new interactive project map that allows users to identify ARPA-E funded projects based on a project location and project type. You can play with the map here.

There are a number of projects in the Bay Area in the following areas, among others:

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Snippets – City Infrastructure

Today, stories about developing and improving cities and their infrastructure.

The City of Chicago announced the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, which will leverage private investment for retrofits pending City Council approval. For the first project, they will be doing an energy efficiency retrofit of municipal buildings (via Greentech Media).

Bay Area cities begin to adjust to life after redevelopment agencies shut their doors on Feburary 1st. A blog post by SPUR walks through the impact of these changes in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose.

Upcoming Events & Webinars

A list of upcoming webinars and Bay Area events for the next three weeks.

Webinars

For details, locations, and links to register for these events, visit our Webinars page.Send interesting webinars to webinars@zeroresource.com.

Friday, March 9
  • 12:00pm –  Using Wireless Technology to Evaluate Building Performance (Online)
Thursday, March 15
  • 6:30pm –  Water Needs of Energy (Online)
Friday, March 16
  • 12:00pm –  Achieving UC Merced’s Triple Zero Commitment: Zero Net Energy, Zero Landfill Waste, and Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2020 (Online)

Events

For details, locations, and links to register for these events, visit our Bay Area Events page. Send interesting events to calendar@zeroresource.com.

Tuesday, March 6
  • 11:30am – Affordable Water: Conservation and Reuse Tactics for Multifamily Projects (Oakland)
Thursday, March 8
  • 1:30pm –  Revitalizing the Clean Energy Economy (San Francisco, CA)
Friday, March 9
  • 12:00pm –  Using Wireless Technology to Evaluate Building Performance (Berkeley, CA)
Tuesday, March 13
  • 9:00am –  Getting to Net Zero: Rethinking Percent Savings Beyond Code (San Jose, CA)
Wednesday, March 14
  • 5:00pm –  Rainwater Harvesting & Graywater Reuse: Tips of the Trade (San Rafael, CA)
Thursday, March 15
  • 2:30pm –  Green Pioneers: A Walking Tour of Downtown Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
  • 6:30pm –  Water Needs of Energy (San Francisco, CA)
Friday, March 16
  • 12:00pm –  Achieving UC Merced’s Triple Zero Commitment: Zero Net Energy, Zero Landfill Waste, and Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2020 (Berkeley, CA)
Tuesday, March 20
  • 9:00am –  9th Annual Water Conservation Showcase (San Francisco, CA)
Wednesday, March 21
  • 5:30pm –  Electric Cars, Residential Energy Monitoring Systems & Smart Meters (San Francisco, CA)