Designing and Building with Energy Efficiency in Mind
Though not in Massachusetts, we've seen some neat examples of impressive sustainable, green, and net-zero homes and buildings recently.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is working with a Chicago-based architect to design an entire city focused on energy management. According to this story, Masdar City will, "house 50,000 people and 1500 businesses on completion, although no cars will be allowed. Masdar City will save equivalent of more than $2 billion in oil over the next 25 years (based on today’s energy prices). 75% reduction in installed power capacity, Masdar City will require approximately 200 MW of installed clean power versus more than 800 MW of installed capacity to power a similar city based on conventional design. It will require around 8,000 m3 per day of desalinated water while traditional cities require more than 20,000 m3 per day. Landfill area is severely diminished as Masdar City will need virtually no landfill area."
I recently stumbled across this sustainable residential project in Denmark, "Home for Life". Using solar cells, a solar pump, heat sensors, mechanisms for automatic window openings, and maximum natural light usage.
If you haven't seen pictures of the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin, you have to check it out; I caught my first glimpse on inhabitat.com. According to the story, the sustainably-built stadium harvests rainwater for irrigation, reuses waste heat for hot water, and has a transparent roof that lights the building during daylight hours. It's also the oldest international stadium in the world.