As we prepare to welcome a new decade, let’s take a look back at the key clean building technologies that began to emerge in our industry — and that may be critical to our health and wellbeing in the future.
During Climate Week in New York City in late September, while millions of schoolchildren marched in the streets in more than 1,000 cities to protest lack of action on climate breakdown, their leader, 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, was in New York telling adults to stop acting like children.
The decarbonization of buildings is no longer an aspirational idea. The biggest cities and most progressive states in America, and in the world, have begun to finalize concrete plans to phase out fossil fuels in building systems and on the electricity grid.
Although the private sector is the primary landscape for economic and cultural disruption, we are becoming less naïve about the role of governments, especially local governments, as catalysts for the needed changes.
Crazy weather has become the norm everywhere, which is part of the reason for the Montreal Protocol and the Kigali Amendment, under which nations have agreed to move toward natural, global-warming-friendly refrigerants.
We may soon hear a great deal more about geothermal heating and cooling systems than ever before. For the people working in this part of our business, the ups and downs of the last decade can only be described as a roller coaster ride.