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City of the Future: Energy-Efficient Buildings

To save our planet, we’ll need to reduce emissions — fast
City of the Future: Energy-Efficient Buildings

To save our planet, we’ll need to reduce emissions — fast. And if we’re serious about addressing climate change, we’ll need to address one of our biggest carbon emitters: buildings. That doesn’t just go for the new, shiny skyscrapers with access to lots of resources, but all buildings: old and new, big and small.

City of the Future, a podcast from Sidewalk Labs, kicked off season 3 with an episode exploring an idea that could make our cities more sustainable and even more just. Energy-efficient buildings.

In this episode: Energy-Efficient Buildings

[0:01 - 3:02] Architect Wanda Dalla Costa on her work creating an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly housing development for the Gila River Indian Community

[3:59 - 7:27] Sustainable buildings expert Kimi Narita on why retrofitting buildings is so important for cities responding to climate change

[7:48 - 10:04] PropTech expert Ryan J.S. Baxter on why energy regulations can fall short in incentivizing buildings to make energy upgrades

[10:17 - 14:04] Sidewalk Labs Senior Product Manager Rachel Steinberg and Data Scientist Jenny Chen on Mesa, a solution to help buildings get more energy-efficient

[14:43 - 16:12] Sidewalk Labs Senior Product Manager Rachel Steinberg on green leases

[16:22 - 18:20] Sustainable buildings expert Kimi Narita on why we need new technologies and regulations to get to net-zero carbon by 2050 To see images and videos of topics discussed in this episode, read the transcript on our .

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