The total global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is still unclear. Thousands of people have been affected by the change in societal norms and millions more are seeing the impact of age-old cast systems.
Prior to March 2020 our planet was already feeling the heat of Global Warming. Humans were consuming resources like never before. The shortage of toilet paper at the beginning of the pandemic show that we are not invisible.
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Achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to restrict a rise in the world’s average temperature, would enable us to take a giant step towards a safer, greener, more sustainable future. Can fixing energy-wasting buildings stave off global instability? Former president Bill Clinton thought so. In 2007 his foundation brokered a $5 billion effort to finance the retrofit of old buildings in 16 cities around the world.
The project, that Clinton announced at a climate conference in Manhattan, created a financing and labor pool to replace energy-hogging light fixtures, as well as install better building insulation and more efficient HVAC systems. What Clinton did in 2007 was tell the world about the importance of a secure building envelope. A building envelope is the boundary between the interior and the exterior of a building. It is one of the most important components in building design due to its role in the maintenance and protection of a structure.
ABN Amro, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, and UBS will offer loans, which landlords will repay with the savings gained on their utility bills. Johnson Controls, Honeywell, Siemens, and Trane will manage and audit the work while three trade associations, including the U.S. Green Building Council, will train minority contractors and “long-term unemployed” laborers in the construction techniques. “This will create a system to make it easier for building owners to make improvements,” Clinton said.
Clinton added that cities emit three-quarters of the world’s greenhouse gases and that buildings account for between 50 and 80 percent of this toll. The program’s first wave of cities—Bangkok, Berlin, Chicago, Houston, Johannesburg, Karachi, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Mumbai, New York, Rome, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, and Toronto—will start by retrofitting publicly owned buildings. Proponents are keeping the program open to private landlords as well—the landlord of Clinton’s offices in Harlem, Cogswell Realty, have signed on. Clinton’s foundation will also team with the C40 Large Cities Climate Leadership Group, a coalition of mayors and business, to promote the program and spread it to other cities.
Building envelopes ensure that buildings will be constructed in such a way that no damage can be caused by water, moisture, or other outside influences. Clinton promised the program would reduce utility bills and create jobs everywhere it went—including here at home in the United States.
As we look back on the impact of a good building envelope design, we know that it is one of the easiest ways to significantly increase the performance of a commercial building. The overall construction plays an important role in controlling the levels of light, ventilation and heat flow. For that, we’d like to thank you Mr. Clinton, we couldn’t agree more.
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