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The Built Environment is an integral and little understood factor in sustainability. It is estimated that buildings account for approximately 35% of the CO2 emissions in the United States.  A large portion of that 35% is attributed to mechanical heating and cooling of buildings.  Natural Ventilation in buildings, especially natural ventilation retrofits, could significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the nation's building stock. However, the implementation of natural ventilation is currently impeded by a number of significant barriers.

The Sustainability Solutions Institute is leading a study funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to study the potential for natural ventilation retrofits in California's commercial building stock. Study partners include the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment, ARUP San Francisco and CPP Wind.  The goal of the research is to conduct a comprehensive study of the barriers to natural ventilation and provide the knowledge and new tools to the community that will allow owners, designers and policy makers to make informed decisions about the implementation of natural ventilation in California. For the SSI news release on the CEC funding, click here.

For more information about the Built Environment and Sustainable Communities theme, contact:

Kristin Blackler
SSI Project Manager
P: (858) 534-8372
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UCSD links

Sustainable Building Program and Design Practices
Sustainable Building Design and Construction