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Making a home sustainable: the HouseZero project for ultra-healthy, flexible, comfortable indoors

Professor Malkawi will talk about the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities HouseZero project, which aims to retrofit of its headquarters, a pre-1940s stick-built house on Harvard campus in Cambridge, into a prototype of ultra-efficiency. The structure will use no HVAC system, no electric light use during the day, 100% natural ventilation, almost zero energy, and produce zero carbon emissions.

HouseZero will feature an ultra-healthy, flexible, comfortable indoors that works to fundamentally redefine how a home connects with and responds to its natural environment to promote health and efficiency. All components of the building contain sensors that essentially turn HouseZero into a living lab, generating data that will allow the building to adjust itself and fuel further CGBC research focused on actual data and simulated environments.

The challenge is to retrofit existing houses to gain sustainability, more ecological, cost effective, and higher efficiency. Malkawi uses existing technologies with a new design approach to construct and operate buildings. He expects not only to implement sustainable practices but he advocates that this can lead to billion of dollars in savings per year.


DATE: Monday, July 10, 2017


Amphithéâtre Urbain,

Ecole Supérieure de Chimie et Physique Industrielle

10 rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris


TIME: 19:30 – 21:00


HCF 2017 members, non-members, guests:  10 euros

PSL staff, students and guests: 10 euros

This is joint event HCF and Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) event.


Brazil on the World Economic History Congress (Kyoto 2015)

I attended the World Economic History Congress in Kyoto this August. It was an amazing event, mainly because of the contrast between the diverse perceptions of historians from different backgrounds. As a first draft on the event, I wrote a summary of the papers about Brazil.

Brazil on the World Economic History Congress (Kyoto 2015).

via Brazil on the World Economic History Congress (Kyoto 2015).

Harvard Online-learning has free courses for the alumni community

Harvard’s is introducing a selection of online courses curated specifically for the alumni community.Sience and cooking, neuroscience, China, Einstein … 

Content will be refreshed as new courses are released.

Did you know the Harvard-Brazil Radar?

Harvard-Brazil Radar is a joint effort between Harvard University’s DRCLAS Brazil Office, the Brazil Studies Program at DRCLAS, the Harvard-wide Brazilian Student Association, and the Harvard University Club of Brazil to ensure relevant news on Harvard and Brazil is on your radar.

via Harvard-Brazil Radar | Brazil Office.

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