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What is a ‘Climate-Positive’ Design and is it Possible?

What is a ‘Climate-Positive’ Design and is it Possible?

In recent years, there has been an encouraging decline in the amount of carbon emissions in the U.S.

But that took a turn in 2018 with a 3.4-percent increase in carbon emissions.

Cities combat climate change

Climate-Positive DesignWith carbon emissions on the rise again, there are many cities across the country that are trying desperately to keep their carbon emissions low.

They’re doing so by installing solar panels on the roofs of buildings, encouraging people to ride bikes and use electric scooters, and, in some cases, even pushing for a ban on vehicles with internal combustion engines.

The thought is that, by taking these steps, cities will hopefully be able to reach what is called carbon neutrality.

Achieving a “climate-positive design”

Some developers are attempting to incorporate what is called a “climate-positive design” into different cities.

A climate-positive design does more than just eliminate carbon emissions; it works to remove carbon from the atmosphere, which could prove very beneficial for the environment.

There is, understandably, some skepticism surrounding the idea of climate-positive design, but many designers are standing behind the idea and say that they believe they can offset carbon emissions by adding more trees and soil to design plans and utilizing materials like alternative cement and smart glass to cut the amount of carbon in a city.

Finding success with climate-positive buildings

There are more than 60 building projects across the country that are successfully creating more energy than they use up. These buildings could eventually serve as a blueprint of sorts for the climate-positive movement.

It’s going to take some time for climate-positive design to gain momentum, but the hope is that more and more developers will take the green initiative when building new structures.

Rick’s Energy Solutions is one of the many companies that will be keeping a close eye on the latest climate-positive design developments while helping those in California make their homes and businesses as eco-friendly as they can be. Call us at 707-578-5380 today to learn more about our green building design and consulting services!

Thinking Green: Rebuilding California Homes Affected by Wildfires

Calling the wildfires that devastated the state of California “catastrophic” would be a hefty understatement. In 2018, there were more than 8,500 wildfires in California that affected almost 2 million acres of land. Most notably, the Camp Fire that took place in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire that took place in Southern California had… Continue Reading

The Update on California’s Goal of 100 Percent Clean Energy

At Rick’s Energy Solutions, we’re proud to live in a state that’s on the cutting edge of clean energy in America. It seems like each week, California hits the headlines with another major advancement in the green economy, whether it’s for automobiles, buildings, or residents. And we’re always excited to see what’s next. 100 percent… Continue Reading

Green Buildings are Improving the Health and Productivity of Employees

Green buildings are effective at reducing energy, and, therefore, cutting costs. They lie at the cutting edge of architecture, representing sustainability for years to come. Plus, they’re great for property value. There is however, something more important than the building itself—the people! Studies have shown that any buildings taking a green initiative are guaranteed to… Continue Reading

Calculating Your Carbon Footprint

Though you may be aware of the climate change occurring, you may not really understand how you’re helping it grow—and not in a good way. It starts with the impact we as humans are leaving on the earth; our carbon footprint. Carbon footprints explained This term refers to the amount of greenhouse gases that are… Continue Reading

How to Turn Your Remodel into an Energy Saving Green Home

As summer fades into fall, many homeowners may feel rushed to complete their remodel project(s) and as a result, overlook the long-term savings of going green. It’s easy to go green—here are some handy tips to help incorporate energy-saving solutions into your remodel! Consider alternative framing techniques Simply making a few small changes to your… Continue Reading

3 Tips to Help You Save Energy in the Summer

Summer may seem like the season of the outdoors, but it’s also a time of the year when we consume the most energy indoors. Think about it: fans and A/C units are constantly abuzz; later nights outside mean more outdoor lights on; and in general, we’re just doing more, which can equal higher energy bills… Continue Reading