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Dezeen: HouseZero aims to “solve one of the world’s biggest energy problems”

Dezeen profiles CGBC’s HouseZero project “to retrofit an old house, demonstrating how existing buildings can be made more energy efficient to help address climate change.” The retrofit challenges the idea that you have to build new homes from scratch in order to implement energy-efficient design. Professor Malkawi, founding director of the CGBC, explains that his goal is to […]

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Architect’s Newspaper: Turning this old house at Harvard into ultra energy-efficient building

Architect’s Newspaper profiles CGBC’s HouseZero project “to transform its headquarters into a test site for technology that may make it easier to retrofit older homes.” Designed by Snøhetta, the HouseZero project revamps the CGBC’s 1924 stick-built house to run without an HVAC system, without daytime electric lighting, and produce zero carbon emissions, among other efficiencies. Read the article here.

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Curbed: Building a model for energy efficiency by renovating a decades–old home

Curbed profiles Harvard CGBC’s HouzeZero project “creating a new prototype of ultra-efficient building that requires almost zero energy, relies on natural daylighting, and produces no carbon emissions.” The website spotlights energy-saving designs, such as “the geothermal wells, which can draw up underground heat or help cool the building, and a concrete slab, which functions as […]

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Construction Drive: Harvard to give 1920s house a green overhaul

CGBC’s HouseZero project is featured in Construction Dive. The piece offers an overview of the retrofit’s energy-saving changes such as “eliminating the HVAC system for a thermal mass to absorb and store heat as well as a ground-source heat pump; an automated system will use algorithms to open and close windows” and “daylight-enhancing features to […]

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CGBC announces first-of-its-kind HouseZero project, extreme retrofit of its headquarters

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) announced today that it is retrofitting its headquarters in a pre-1940s stick-built house to demonstrate how to transform this challenging building stock into a prototype of ultra-efficiency that will use no HVAC […]

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Archinect: Maximum sustainability in Harvard GSD and Snøhetta’s “HouseZero”

CGBC’s HouseZero retrofit project is featured on Archinect. The author offers an overview of the project’s intent to provide a sustainable model for retrofitting existing residential buildings.  The piece goes on to describe CGBC’s goals to both achieve “100% natural ventilation, 100% daylight autonomy, almost zero energy required for heating and cooling, and zero carbon emissions, including […]

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Metro: Harvard is updating a home from the 1920s to be ‘ultra’ energy efficient

Today, Metro features CGBC’s HouseZero: a “first-of-its-kind” project that challenges the idea that you have to build new homes from scratch in order to implement energy-efficient design. Professor Malkawi, founding director of the CGBC, explains that his goal was to “push the limit” for what energy-efficient upgrades can be added to an existing home — […]

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Fast Company: This super-efficient renovation is a model for lowering a house’s energy footprint

CGBC’s HouseZero project is featured in Fast Company. The piece explains how a retrofit of CGBC headquarters will result in a positive energy building. “We could have done something that’s futuristic,” says Ali Malkawi, professor of architectural technology at the GSD, founding director of the CGBC and the creator of the HouseZero project. “But what we chose […]

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Bud Ris delivers Climate Week lecture: “Climate Ready Boston: Planning for Challenges Ahead”

On Monday, April 24, 2017, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) welcomed Bud Ris — Co-Chair, Climate Preparedness Working Group, Boston Green Ribbon Commission, and Senior Climate Advisor, Barr Foundation– to present a lecture entitled “Climate Ready Boston: Planning for the Challenges Ahead.” “Boston was once the dirtiest harbor in the country; now it […]

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