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    WHY EUI? - An Energy Use Intensity Primer

    Energy use intensity (EUI) is one of the most important and useful metrics employed in the design of low energy and net zero energy buildings. EUI is a measure of total annual building energy use, divided by the gross building floor area.

    This can be expressed in terms of site energy or source energy. Common EUI units include kBtu/ft2, kWh/ft2, kWh/m2, and MJ/m2. In the United States, kBtu/ft2 is the EUI unit most commonly used.

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    FOUNDATIONS OF PASSIVE HOUSE

    As we discussed in a recent article, most buildings in 2050 — less than forty years from now — will likely have to get by with perhaps 10% of the carbon footprint common in the U.S. today. We know of exactly one established building standard that's been demonstrated to produce 2050-ready homes, today. And, harsh though it might sound, anything built today that is significantly less efficient than the roughly 90% energy savings achieved by Passivhaus, seems designed to be obsolete. —The Editors

      (Published 2013.0130)

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    2013 - YEAR OF CLIMATE DECISION

    Either by action, or by inaction, it's most likely that the climate decision will be made this year.

    The decision, simply put, is whether to step aside from business-as-usual, and fully mobilize, or to generally continue business as usual, and condem humanity to a thousand years of torture.

      (Published 2013.0109)

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    Environment and Design Context Around the Web

    River Forest Home Raises the Bar on Energy Efficiency — Chicago Tribune, 2013.0215

    Arctic Death Spiral Bombshell: CryoSat-2 Confirms Sea Ice Volume Has Collapsed — Climate Progress, 2013.0214

    The Joy of EUI — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0213

    Urban Skyscraper Proposed for the Year 2050 — GizMag, 2013.0213

    Natural Hazards: New York Vs the Sea — Nature (registration required), 2013.0213

    In Radical Refit, Buildings to Generate More Power Than They Use — Reuters, 2013.0212

    Green Office Architect Planning Wind-Generation Deal — Bmore, 2013.0212

    Wind Power Capacity Grew 20% Globally in 2012, Figures Show — Guardian Unlimited, 2013.0211

    Grad Students Construct Eco-Friendly Tents — The Miami Hurrican, 2013.0207

    The Creative Walk — Metropolis, 2013.0207

    Because Green Goes with Everything — New York Times, 2013.0203

    ZGF in Seattle, Washington — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0131

    Foundations of Passive House — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0130

    Green Thumbs Up for Roof-Top Design — Hartford Business Journal, 2013.0128

    High-Flying Bacteria Spark Interest in Possible Climate Effects — Nature (registration required), 2013.0128

    Minor Oil Spills Are Often Bigger Than Reported — Nature (registration required), 2013.0128

    Dirty Blizzard Buried Deepwater Horizon Oil — Nature (registration required), 2013.0128

    Make Climate Change a Priority — Washington Post, 2013.0124

    UCSF Mission Bay: A San Francisco Success Story — UCSF News Center, 2013.0123

    Sellafield Clean-Up Cost Reaches 67.5bn GBP, Says Report — BBC News, 2013.0122

    Opal Report Marks Landmark in UK Citizen Science — BBC News, 2013.0122

    Fukushima: Fallout of Fear — Nature (registration required), 2013.0116

    Greenland Defied Ancient Warming — Nature (registration required), 2013.0116

    Zero Energy Buildings - to Retrofit or Start Fresh? — Architecture Source (Australia), 2013.0115

    Architects Sought for Hampshire Eco-Town — BD (registration required), 2013.0115

    Le Corbusier's Ecology — ArtInfo, 2013.0114

    Edible Edifice: Building the Offices of Tomorrow — BBC News, 2013.0114

    Portland's Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building — Architect's Newspaper, 2013.0111

    Tough Talk over Mercury Treaty — Nature (registration required), 2013.0109

    2013 - Year of Climate Decision — ArchitectureWeek, 2013.0109

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