February 2018 – Sustainability Engineering Group Newsletter Download Newsletter

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February 2018 – Sustainability Engineering Group Newsletter

Nearly 50 percent more zero energy buildings underway

“Zero energy” refers to buildings that generate at least 100 percent of their own power from renewable sources that are either onsite or built specifically for the project. A big driver for buildings that fit that definition has been technology – most obviously a steep drop in the cost of solar panels and a corresponding rise in their productivity… Seventy-two percent of zero energy commercial buildings fall into one of three categories: education, offices and multifamily, in that order.


Consumers are Stoked About Housing Market

Five of the six components that make up Fannie Mae’s Home Purchase Sentiment Index (HPSI) rose in January, pushing the index to an all-time high… Americans also expressed a greater sense of job security; the net share who say they are not concerned about losing their job increased 5 percentage points.


How To Achieve Healthier, Resilient Cities – While Saving Billions of Dollars

Smart surface technologies include surfaces that help manage sunlight and rain, including solar PV roofs, cool roofs, green roofs, porous and high albedo pavements, trees or a combination of these features. This study demonstrates that these technologies can effectively address the severe cost of worse air quality, higher pollution and excess heat in urban low-income areas.


APS, First Solar plan large – West Valley solar power plant with giant battery

Tempe-based First Solar Inc. will build a large solar plant in the West Valley that will use a massive battery to deliver power to Arizona Public Service Co… The project will be unique not only for the size of the battery being put to use, but for the way the plant is operated, officials said. The battery will be capable of delivering 50 megawatts of power, enough for 12,500 homes, for three hours.


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