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As legislative trends and market demands drive architects closer to the zero-carbon home, the pressure is on to ensure buildings are designed with energy-efficiency at their core. Every construction material is With three panes in each Insulating Glass Unit (IGU), triple-glazing offers unprecedented levels of thermal insulation, as well as a host of other benefits that have the potential to transform our cities’ carbon credentials. But isn’t triple-glazing a bit overkill?

From World Architecture News’ Metro blog…

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Residential Energy Storage Will Reach $71.6 Billion in Revenue by 2023


Solar photovoltaic panels, which allow customers to generate their own electricity and sell unneeded power back to their utility will generate $71.6 billion by 2023. These rooftop solar panels are just one of the new technologies that are transforming the traditional residential power industry.


According to the report, these advances are going to combine rooftop solar panel systems and residential energy storage in order to collect and store energy for use when sunlight is unavailable or there is a power outage.


“Some of these technologies, such as residential combined heat and power, are in the early stages of market development, while solar panels are more mature.”

Smart windows create energy savings options


According to Eco-Business, smart glass windows are about 70 percent more energy efficient during the summer season and 45 percent more efficient in the winter, reducing energy spending by approximately 25 percent.

Buildings account for almost 40 percent of all energy consumption in the United States, says the US Department of Energy. That means buildings are spending more than 400 billion dollars a year on units of energy. Switching to smart windows could make a huge impact on the energy bills of today’s biggest buildings. If efficiency could improve by 20 percent by 2020, there could be savings of more than $40 billion.


“Windows are a key component to any building’s design, so it’s only fitting that they are also an essential part of new strategies to improve energy efficiency.”