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By January 22, 2013

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Nearly half of all the energy consumed in the U.S. is used by buildings. Yes, both residential and commercial structures spew most of the greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Solar panels with several enthusiastic people (males, females, white, black) gesturing positively. New energy-efficient buildings are only part of the solution -- we must retrofit existing buildings with new ideas. If we can get a handle on sustainable development, we may be able to not only slow climate change, but also adapt to the damage we've done.

On January 25, 2013 experts will gather at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design in Philadelphia to discuss the question, What is the influence of climate and region on architecture and energy? "Buildings are not sustainable," say the organizers. "They can only be more-or-less efficient in their consumption of resources." This public symposium, Architecture and Energy, is sponsored in part by the U.S. Department of Energy. The event surely will continue the conversation, but haven't we had enough talk? Don't we need more action? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.

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Above photo: Solar Mosaic, a small startup company, received $2 million dollars from the U.S. Dept. of Energy to advance innovations in solar financing. Photo of Solar Mosaic staff courtesy U.S. Dept. of Energy website, January 22, 2013.

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January 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm
(1) Lucy says:

The old Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy Efficient Buildings received MILLIONS of dollars from the federal government. The newer Energy Efficient Buildings Hub seems to recycle Dept. of Energy money more efficiently than they recycle energy.

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