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Building efficiency 2013

Proposal creation

CoLab members create proposals

06/01/12 12:00 EDT - 06/16/13 02:59 EDT
Finalist selection
Expert judges select finalists

06/16/13 03:00 EDT - 06/30/13 11:59 EDT
Proposal revisions
Finalists can improve their proposals

07/01/13 12:00 EDT - 07/21/13 02:59 EDT
Selection of winners
CoLab members vote and judges also select winners

07/21/13 03:00 EDT - 08/31/13 11:59 EDT
Completed
Winners are awarded

09/01/13 12:00 EDT
How can greenhouse gas emissions from buildings be reduced?

The IPCC 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. This contest seeks proposals on how emissions from buildings can be reduced, with a focus on increasing energy efficiency. See more...

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18  Proposals

Proposal nameAuthor(s)

Untitled Proposal 1001213Ted Altmeier

Ash as aggregate for concrete increasing strentgh by 50% and decreasing weight by 50%

Low Cost Smart Passive Systemssmart passive

Smart passive systems reduce HVAC generated GHG emissions by improved performance comparing exterior and interior conditions in real time.

DougleGreen Loan ProgramAndy Posner

The DoubleGreen Loan Program enables moderate-income homeowners to make their homes safer, more energy-efficient and affordable.

A Dome for Every Home: Creating Resilient Buildings with Fewer EmissionsB Reddy

To mitigate climate change, it is necessary to create more efficient buildings, reducing GHG emissions without sustained behavior change.

Microbots insulate existing wall cavitiesJP Deyst

Small robots enter a wall cavity, navigate cooperatively, plug leaks, create a vapor barrier, then spray insulation throughout the cavity.

Why do we maintain lawns and not gardens?Alex Spurrier

What simple modifications can we make to lower usage in utilities and possibly render a few common products and processes unneeded?

Heat on wheelsFrancis Van Staa

Store and Transport Heat in containers from Producers of excess heat to various Customers needing heat, instead of letting it go to waste.

Paint the roofs white...Jan Kunnas

I suggest painting the roofs of buildings white, or use other light reflective colours and or materials.

Efficient Heating and CoolingChris Barry

Geo-exchange heat pumps operate at efficiencies of 400% or more in heating and are twice as efficient as the best air conditioners.

Saving Energy & MoneyMegan Blum

Using energy efficient products and equipment in all new and remodeled homes and businesses.

Solar energy roof shinglesTeam Selficiency

Solar roof shingles are available, but they are not being adopted fast enough to produce substantial reductions in fossil fuel use.

Recycling News Paper Into Non-Toxic Building InsulationAllan Donnelly

Recycle newspapers into household insulation using no toxic chemicals, adhesives, or resins

Many RoadsWilma Leung

Unleash leadership energies in each and every housing sub-market, in the right place, at the right time. Responding to the future, today !

3D Printing Hempcrete BuildingsFred Bartels and 1 other

Hempcrete is a sustainable material which if used extensively could result in our structures using much less energy to build and operate.