Heating

Close-up of multiple lines of blue natural gas flames inside a boiler.

Massachusetts Moves Toward Decarbonization

The state developed a framework for planning to phase out natural gas, denying industry calls to allow hydrogen and renewable natural gas.

December 12, 2023 - Inside Climate News

White geothermal heat pump installed on the side of a house

Geothermal Pilot Program Breaks Ground in Massachusetts

A first-of-its-kind’ program will connect roughly 40 residential and commercial buildings to an underground geothermal network that will replace fossil fuel-powered furnaces.

June 15, 2023 - Fast Company

East Bay Area

Another Berkeley 'First': Banning Natural Gas Lines in New Buildings

On Tuesday night, the City Council of Berkeley, Calif., unanimously voted to ban natural gas infrastructure from new buildings starting next year, the first city in the U.S. to pass such an ordinance. Fifty cities in the state could be next.

July 22, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle

President Obama's Most Important Energy Efficiency Standard Unveiled

Just in time for winter, the U.S. Department of Energy released a standard to make heating and cooling in commercial buildings far more efficient, increasing minimum efficiency by 10 to 25 percent.

December 21, 2015 - The Washington Post

New York City's Most Serious Pollution Continues to Plague its Residents

Imagine living high above Manhattan but unable to open your windows because of soot-laden smoke from surrounding buildings. Toxic emissions from burning dirty heating oil continues despite a 2011 law requiring conversion to a cleaner fuel.

April 23, 2014 - The New York Times - N.Y. / Region

How Does A Propane Shortage Strike Amidst A Production Boom?

Propane prices in some parts of the midwest and south had tripled; governors have demanded investigations into price gouging, and shelters have opened for those unable to afford the steep prices increases, yet production increased 15% from last year.

February 10, 2014 - The New York Times

Miami Temperature

America's Hottest Cities May Be Its Most Sustainable

Everything you've thought about climate control may be wrong. And for that realization, you've got Michael Sivak to thank.

March 29, 2013 - The Atlantic Cities

New Building Material Captures Heat, Releases on Demand

Researchers in China have reportedly created an insulation material that can "retain and release heat according to specific temperature requirements."

August 3, 2011 - Buildings

Adding Warmth and Life to Sidewalks

Sidewalks in Holland have for years utilized piped-in waste heat to melt snow. Now, they've added an additional sidewalk amenity: a hearth.

April 14, 2011 - Metropolis

Subway (and Subway Riders) To Heat Apartment Building

Heat emitting from riders of the Paris Metro and from the subway trains will heat 17 apartments in a new system debuting in France.

September 9, 2010 - Popular Science

White Roofs Can Be Wrong Roofs

White roofs have gained cachet as a solution to the urban heat island effect. But in places where there are more cold days than hot, a white roof that reflects warming sunlight might not make the best sense, according to this piece.

May 20, 2009 - Miller-McCune

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