Our homes, offices, hospitals, and schools need lighting, power, heating, and cooling. The combined emissions from these sources contributes almost 20% of the greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere. If we want to create a zero-carbon world, we must find ways to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions impact of our buildings. Part of the way to do this is to design the next generation of buildings that not only reduce harmful emissions but are also more efficient, smarter, and cheaper than those we use today.
Some of the technical quests we see as worthwhile areas for investigation involve small-scale efficiencies: heating, cooling, windows, lighting, and appliances. Others deal more with larger-scale questions: building-level electricity and thermal storage, for example, and next-generation building management.
What makes an investment viable? We have 4 criteria for vetting our ventures.Selection Criteria