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Buildings 2016

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

01/15/16 08:00 EST - 05/23/16 08:00 EDT
Semi-Finalist selection
Expert judges select semi-finalists

05/23/16 08:00 EDT - 06/07/16 11:00 EDT
Proposal revisions
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06/07/16 12:00 EDT - 06/15/16 11:00 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

06/16/16 12:00 EDT - 07/05/16 11:00 EDT
Voting Period
Public Voting Period

07/05/16 12:00 EDT - 07/31/16 11:00 EDT
Winners are awarded

08/01/16 12:00 EDT
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What initiatives, policies and technologies can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the building sector?

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change estimates that buildings will account for over 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 and that nearly half of these emissions can be avoided at modest cost, all of which makes buildings one of the sectors that holds greatest potential for climate change mitigation. This contest seeks proposals on how emissions from buildings can be significantly reduced, with a focus on increasing energy efficiency.


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My Energy Xpert: a home and small business energy management solutionenergyX Solutions

My Energy Xpert is a SMART energy audit and monitoring app empowering people to save time, money and lower their energy footprint.

100% Net Zero Carbon Plan, 60% NZ Effectively Free, Expert Team Ready!Net Zero Foundation

We have 100% of technology off-the-shelf to make all buildings Net Zero Carbon! Build Wealth Locally - Create Jobs - Save the Planet!

Massively Passive: Large-Scale Passive House RetrofitsZeroCarbonProduction

Existing buildings suck 40% of U.S. energy use. Deep-energy Passive House retrofits create energy savings of 60-80%. Go Massively Passive!

Microbots For Sealing And Insulating Existing Wall Cavitiesjpdeyst

To save heat/cooling energy, microbots could map out wall cavities, seal air leaks, create vapor barriers; and fill them with insulation

Stop high-emissions concrete & clay bricks: use recycled plastic for homes!RobertoSG

A solution for plastic waste: use it to make homes that are low emissions, low-cost & easy-to-build.

Overcome the Inertia of DenialFight

Join the FIGHT for survival. «First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one» -- Will McAvoy -- Say goodbye to Denial!

Overcome the Inertia of DenialFight

Join the FIGHT for survival. «First step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one» -- Will McAvoy -- Say goodbye to Denial!

Lowering emissions in dry regionsdipcy619 and 2 others

How do we lower CO2 levels in where enough water is unavailable?

Changing colors of the buildingsdeivisbluz

Heat moves to cold. There are hot and cold colours. Each colour has its own wavelenght. Create stripes which change colour of the building.

Crowd sourced green designsbaggettm68

Build a website where people can post sketchup designs of energy efficient buildings and building additions. Host contests for best designs.


A process by converting fast growing sustainable soft woods into a hard durable material.

Green Buildings: Way forward in reducing emissions from buildingsTCRP

35 billion m2 of new building floor area by 2050 - Call for India to mainstream “Sustainable Habitat Indicators into Building Constructions”

Life, Work and Storage Under The Trees.jimthegeordie

Use of land for living, eating, working, sleeping does not deny its use for climate change amelioration. That use is right there above you!


Low-carbon buildings are buildings designed and constructed to release very little or no carbon at all during their lifetime.

De-Taxing Buildings to Make Them EfficientThe Geonomists

You want efficient buildings yet you tax them--improving them raises their tax liability. How rational is that? So shift the property tax.

Superior Performance integrated Sturcture & Natural HVAC ConstructionLiving Earth & iDes2

Integrate a superior construction system with natural energy management + solar & wind & result is a net Positive Energy Lifestyle structure

Zeo water heater with zero emissionssaadithya

A water heater that uses zeolites to store solar energy and later uses the same to heat up water.

Harnessing Observability to Reduce Wasted AC / Heat via Open WindowsDave Rand’s ACT

Reduce energy use in offices with AC/Heat by publicly identifying those who leave window open. #observability @yaleact

Tap Water for Building Sectorkartikaanjar

Tap water has significant impact on reducing the amount of bottle plastic consumption. Therefore, it will reduce GHG emissions.

Every House should have a gardendarkpasteldiaries


I you can creat an arch with rooms inside it above a road, all filtered by fans, you could cycle air from under the arch to ontop.


I you can creat an arch with rooms inside it above a road, all filtered by fans, you could cycle air from under the arch to ontop.

Driving Transformation to Energy Efficient Buildings: Policies and Actionshira

Improving energy efficiency in buildings is usually very cost-effective, but significant potential remains to save energy in most buildings.

Better Building: the Simplest Way to End Climate Change WITHOUT Politics!Better Building Inst

Our homes and other buildings account for half the energy we use and carbon we emit, so let's make them as close to zero-energy as possible!

OSMOTHERM - "Thermochemical Osmotic Heatpump"OSMOTHERM

OSMOTHERM is a novel thermodynamic heatpump cycle that utilizes the thermochemical properties of crystallization-dissolution by forward osmosis to move heat.

The Curve, the Trip Advisor for energy management for business.The Curve

Using the power of platforms to harness change. Building the TripAdvisor of energy management for business... the Curve.