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CGBC announces first-of-its-kind HouseZero project: Extreme retrofit of its headquarters requires no HVAC or electric light

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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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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