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Architect Magazine: Education and the Performance Imperative

In a recent interview with Architect Magazine, CGBC’s Ali Malkawi and Gordon Gill, founding partner at Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, discussed their CGBC-supported studio entitled “Zero Energy Residential High-Rise.” Taught in Spring 2017 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the course’s integrated approach to design and data blended the expertise of Malkawi and Gill. The […]

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ArchitectureBoston: HouseZero

Carl Solander published a review of HouseZero in the Fall 2017 edition of Architecture Boston, a quarterly publication of the Boston Society of Architects. After touring the constructions site with CGBC Founding Director Ali Malkawi, he notes that he was “struck by the incongruence between the project’s lofty goals and the entirely ordinary appearance of […]

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Harvard Magazine: Harvard “HouseZero”

Harvard Magazine published a piece featuring the CGBC’s HouseZero project, a retrofitted building that aims to produce more energy than it consumes. As noted by the article, the project hopes to achieve multiple sustainability goals—including entirely natural lighting, ventilation, and zero emissions—and could provide a repeatable checklist for similar retrofits of small-scale, residential buildings throughout […]

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NEREJ: Retrofitting existing buildings is new frontier of energy efficiency

The New England Real Estate Journal has published a new column by CGBC Director Ali Malkawi about the importance of energy efficiency in buildings and the Center’s HouseZero retrofit project. Recognizing building energy consumption as a major contributor to climate change, Malkawi intends for HouseZero to “demonstrate how to transform one of the most challenging building types […]

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Harvard Gazette Q&A: A house that produces energy

The Harvard Gazette has published a new interview with Founding Director Ali Malkawi about CGBC’s retrofit of HouseZero, which strives “to produce more energy than it consumes — with zero carbon emissions and using daylighting and natural ventilation instead of an HVAC system — while serving as a learning center for students and a testing ground […]

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Architizer: Converting a Building Into an Energy-Efficient Predictive Piece of Architecture

Architizer profiles CGBC’s project “to convert its headquarters, a 1924 stick-built house in Cambridge, into HouseZero, a sustainable system that is expected to set a precedent for the future of green reconstruction around the world.” Professor Malkawi, founding director of the CGBC, explains that his goal is to “show how this can be replicated almost anywhere” to […]

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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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