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Weekly Poll (30)


Researchers from SRI International developed a new self-cooling, water-based paint to provide an energy-efficient solution to extreme heat, with pigments designed to reflect 96% of the sunlight that hits it. Do you believe heating and cooling coatings are an effective response to extreme weather?


The National Energy Technology Laboratory has announced a new development in advanced sensors for the detection and prediction of corrosion in natural gas pipelines, using either optical fiber-based or passive wireless sensing technology. Should this technology be adapted for other sites that are at risk for a gas leak?


A team has developed energy-efficient coating that mimics the qualities of a desert chameleon to keep buildings cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Do you believe creating temperature control coatings that mimic nature should be widely studied to increase coating technology efficiency?


In August, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it awarded almost $34 million to industry- and university-led projects on clean hydrogen. Should more money be put into clean hydrogen as a leading clean energy option?


Researchers have developed new films that don’t absorb light to potentially reduce the energy needed for cooling in buildings or vehicles, inspired by the nanostructures in butterfly wings. Do you believe researchers should take further inspiration from nature-based structures for sustainable films?


New research from Stanford University suggests that one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Alberta, Canada, was caused by wastewater injected underground by oil and gas operators. Do you believe large-scale oil and gas operations should be paused to investigate the potential of further natural disasters?


A report from the International Energy Agency found that the global energy sector produced nearly 135 million tons of methane emissions in 2022, an increase from the year prior. Do you believe the industry is taking the right steps in lowering its carbon footprint over the next decade?


Legislation introduced in Rhode Island could create solar panel installation regulations for most new construction projects in the state, with a goal to increase energy efficiency, reduce the long-term costs and contribute to clean energy goals. Do you believe similar clean energy mandates should be implemented in every state?


Researchers at the University of Toronto developed a multilayered fluidic system, inspired by the skin of certain species of squid, that has the potential to reduce energy costs in buildings. If scaled up, do you believe this method could be adopted to optimize the wavelength, intensity and dispersion of light transmitted through windows?


The new Royal Bournemouth Hospital building in the United Kingdom will be built using artificial intelligence technology. Do you believe utilizing artificial intelligence in construction can improve efficiency?


Chicago City Council recently passed its 2022 Energy Transformation Code, making the city one of the first major U.S. cities and the first city in Illinois to adopt and exceed the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code. Do you think other cities will follow suit for decarbonization?


Pending plan approval, the Central Place Sydney $2.5 billion dual-tower property will be powered by 100% renewable energy. When do you believe we will see a significant increase of these types of buildings being approved internationally?


U.S. Congress is reportedly considering using tax incentives as a way to push building projects toward energy efficiency. Do you believe this provides enough of an incentive toward sustainable construction?


The U.S. Department of Energy announced a “Connected Communities” project, which would make 7,000 homes and businesses energy-efficient, leading to $18 billion in savings per year by 2030. Do you believe a plan similar to the “Connected Communities” project could be adopted on a national scale?


Developers in Massachusetts plan to install solar panels designed to float in human-made bodies of water to address concerns regarding space for clean energy development. Do you believe this space solution could be used elsewhere?


The U.S. Energy Information Administration issued an independent statistics and analysis report, revealing that large-scale U.S. solar capacity growth is expected to exceed wind growth for the first time in history. However, given the uncertainty related to ongoing economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic and the forecasted increase in electricity sales, do you believe sustainable energy will continue to be adapted on a large scale?


The Biden administration recently approved the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind 1, the nation’s first large-scale offshore windfarm. Do you think the nation will reach its goal of deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind in America by 2030?


Recently, Wyoming announced its intentions to sue other states blocking its exports of coal—an issue that’s resulting in the shutdown of its coal-fired power plants. Do you think it’ll be the only state to send such a strong message?


President Joe Biden recently developed a set of actions aimed at catalyzing offshore wind energy capable of triggering more than $12 billion per year in capital investment in projects on both U.S. coasts and tens of thousands of jobs, among other benefits. If successfully carried out, do you think the new energy push will offset the losses experienced in the oil and gas industries?


The Long Ridge Energy Terminal recently announced plans to convert its 485-megawatt combined-cycle power plant to run on carbon-free hydrogen. While its slated to be the first-of-its-kind for the nation, how soon do you think other plants will start making conversions to carbon-free energy production?


Following NYC’s initiatives set by the Climate Mobilization Act, Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced plans to conduct deep energy retrofits in nine city facilities, in addition to plans for identifying another 28 facilities for future retrofits. The initiative aims to cut energy usage by more than 50%. Do you believe the plan will be successful?


Researchers at Stanford University recently produced an “anti-solar panel” prototype that collects energy from the night sky through tapping into the temperature difference between Earth and outer space. Do you believe the technology has equal potential for green energy as existing solar panels?


Danish wind energy firm Ørsted recently announced that the Hornsea Project One—what will be one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms—was nearly finished and on track for its 2020 completion date. In pushing the U.K. closer to its 2030 goal of deriving a third of its electricity from offshore wind, do you think more countries will convert to offshore green energy practices?


A recent study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that in many climates in the United States, the use of “cool” exterior walls could lead to annual heating, ventilation and air conditioning energy cost savings up to 11% for stand-alone retail stores, 8.3% for single-family homes and 4.6% for medium-sized office buildings. Do you believe the cost savings is worth sacrificing a building's style?


In Dubai, a $13.6 billion Mohammed Bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park has completed its fourth phase of construction, including the base of a concentrated solar tower (slated to be the tallest in the world). With the ability to power 1.3 million homes, cutting 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions annually, do you think more countries should be funding these kinds of solar-powered innovations?


Would you live in a primarily solar-powered house?


The building industry is under pressure to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. What’s the best way to do that?


What architectural energy improvements do you believe offer the best bang for the buck?


How much of the existing commercial building stock will be retrofitted with energy-efficient components (walls, curtain walls, roofs) in the next 10 years?


In your opinion how much will the energy consumption of buildings decline by 2025?


 
 
   

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