North America

Official US climate report attributes 92% of climate change to human activity   The US Government has released a special report which concludes that it is “extremely likely” human activities have been the main driver of global warming since the 1950s, contrary to what officials from the Trump Administration have argued so far.
Post date: 8 Nov 2017
Type: News

On Friday, Manitoba’s Government published its proposed Climate and Green Plan outlining its 2018-2022 strategy to fight climate change, including a contentious carbon pricing policy at $25 per tonne. Premier Brian Pallister said: "Our vision is to make Manitoba the cleanest, greenest and most climate-resilient province in Canada”. "We are charting that course with a comprehensive plan based on Manitoba needs and focused on Manitoba priorities”. The plan has set out 4 main pillars as its integrated focus, i.e.
Post date: 2 Nov 2017
Type: News

Building for Health. The nexus of green buildings, global health, and the U.N. sustainable development goals   The United Nations (UN) have developed a framework, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to encourage sustainable, equitable, and environmentally-conscious development by governments, private sector, and society over the subsequent 15 years. This report explores how green buildings intersect with 11 of the 17 goals, namely:  
Post date: 1 Nov 2017
Type: Publication

ATLANTA – The 2017 edition of ASHRAE’s major thermal comfort standard has been published to incorporate seven published addenda to the 2013 edition.   ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, simplifies the language of the 2013 standard and clarifies the three comfort calculation approaches in Section 5.3.3, "Elevated Air Speed." The 2017 edition includes a new requirement to calculate the change in occupants' thermal comfort from direct solar radiation.  
Post date: 31 Oct 2017
Type: News

Now that the summer holidays are over and we’re all back at work, it’s a great opportunity to integrate new energy efficient habits into our daily routines. Nearly every type of business relies on some sort of equipment to help it run effectively, and every company could use this equipment more efficiently. Each and every person can contribute to saving energy and money on office equipment, by introducing small changes to how they use equipment at work.   Take part in the START2ACT autumn challenge for a chance to win an Amazon Fire tablet.
Post date: 26 Oct 2017
Type: News

The Daylighting Pattern Guide illustrates how to create successful daylighting designs and presents information in a visual manner that appeals to designers as well as those with limited background in lighting design.  Detailed case studies are presented for a wide range of spatial scales and uses. Project types include offices, schools, libraries, laboratories, museums, industrial facilities, and recreational facilities and represent a diversity of regional climates.
Post date: 5 Oct 2017
Type: Tool

This report is part of Task 5 within the California Energy Commission (CEC) EPIC project (EPIC-14- 009) Optimizing Radiant Systems for Energy Efficiency and Comfort managed through the Centre for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. The main goal of this research was to determine the building characteristics of projects with radiant heating and cooling and assess their real world energy use compared to standard benchmarks for building energy performance.
Post date: 5 Oct 2017
Type: Publication

This report by the U.S Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) shows that the United States can help curb climate change and cut its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050 with an ambitious, but realistic, increase in clean energy. This reduction can be achieved relying on four key emission reduction strategies:  
Post date: 5 Oct 2017
Type: Publication

Indoor Air 2018 is the 15th Conference of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality & Climate (ISIAQ). The event will feature a quality programme including distinguished plenary speakers, platform and poster presentations of accepted papers, social activities to foster networking and community, and the second offering of the ISIAQ summer school for students and post-docs.   The event’s technical programme relies on participants to submit proposals for Workshops and Symposia sessions and to submit Extended Abstracts or Full Papers.  
Post date: 4 Oct 2017
Type: Event

A Roadmap for Retrofits in Canada: Charting a path forward for large buildings   This report by Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC)’s demonstrates the critical role that existing buildings play in realising Canada’s low carbon future. The document aims to empower government and industry with recommendations that drive uptake in building retrofits, introduce a carbon perspective on building performance, and enable the growth of Canada’s clean economy.   Findings include (among others):  
Post date: 29 Sep 2017
Type: Publication