Heating And Global Warming: Are We Burning Down The House?
Heating is the most significant carbon-emitting activity in buildings. Accounting for the coal, oil and gas used directly and indirectly via electricity generation for heating, 65% of all heating equipment produces greenhouse gases in some form. While the trend over the past decade is moving in the right direction, the damage has been done.
Binging? Diving into the Metaverse? Buying NFTs? Do you even care about the environment bro?
The Uptime Institute calculated that each time Cristiano Ronaldo posts a picture to Instagram, it takes 36 MWh to distribute it to all his followers. That’s the amount of power consumed by ten British households on average in a year.
Have we grown too comfortable with air conditioning?
Air conditioning is the fastest-growing energy segment in building end-use. Through upstream emissions at the power generation source, their rise in usage contributes to global warming that pushes us to seek chilled relief. How do we set the thermostat to sustainable?
Engineers caused the Climate Emergency. Only engineering simulation can save us from it.
Since the industrial revolution human civilisation has become increasingly dependent on the combustion of large quantities of fossil fuels. Engineering a future without them is the biggest challenge our species has ever faced.