How do we make advanced heat recovery in buildings commonplace?

Frontiers in the Environment: Big Questions

Large commercial, industrial and institutional buildings consume a lot of electricity which degrades into enormous amounts of heat. The standard approach to managing this heat is to treat it as waste and expel it from buildings instead of using it to perform work. Advanced heat recovery has the potential to deliver a suite of environmental, economic and employment benefits if it was more widely implemented, as demonstrated by the Science Museum of Minnesota’s retrofit case study. Patrick Hamilton, IonE resident fellow and director of the Science Museum of Minnesota’s Global Change Initiatives; Scott Getty, energy project manager for Metropolitan Council Environmental Services; Katie Gulley, regional program manager of BlueGreen Alliance; and Peter M. Klein, vice president of finance for the Saint Paul Port Authority, will evaluate the hurdles and tipping points to the more rapid adoption of advanced heat recovery.

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