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

LOCATION:  

Amphithéâtre Urbain,

Ecole Supérieure de Chimie et Physique Industrielle

10 rue Vauquelin, 75005 Paris

 

TIME: 19:30 – 21:00

TICKETS:

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.

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How efficient is the French education system?

Presented at the Economic Intelligence workshop, this slide of the evolution of the Graduate education system in France gives as a clue of the complexity of the French education system. Is it efficient?

 

Is innovation controlled by …?

Regulation? Big corporations? Android and iOS? 

This is an interesting question raised at the OECD Forum

OECD forum 2017: 3 (strategic) photos 

First let me say: The food is French, the cleaning is japonese, the language is English. 

But there are other countries marketing their image pretty well. 

Colombian coffee: 


Australian booth:


Danish way of life


And yes, I had some fun exploring globalization 🙂

Resilience is the word of the day at the Rockefeller Foundation

According to Strategy+Business, Rodin has adopted the concept of resilience as a core focus of the Rockefeller Foundation. She is deploying the philanthropic organization’s US$4.2 billion in assets to promote and develop the resilience of cities and organizations, preparing for crisis situations and promoting inclusive economies.

In a world of change and conflict “the capacity of any entity…to prepare for disruptions, to recover from shocks and stresses, and to adapt and grow from a disruptive experience” becomes even more important.  

judith rodin picture

Judith Rodin talks about the power of resilience in her book  ,The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong (PublicAffairs, 2014).  She has served as the president of the Rockefeller Foundation since 2005.

Rodin’s required readings can be checked out at:  http://www.strategy-business.com/blog/Judith-Rodins-Required-Reading 

Harvard neuroscientist research on Meditation

Harvard Medical School’s neuroscientist Sara Lazar  was one of the first scientists to accept the claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them using computerized tomography. According to Lazar’s research, meditation can literally change your brain, either cognitive and emotionally.

Sara Lazar

Lazar’s lab group incorporates measures of peripheral physiology such as breathing and heart beat in order to understand how meditation practice influences the brain-body interaction .

Motivation for the research came from personal experience

Lazar started to do yoga as a therapy after training for the Boston Marathon  “I realized it was very powerful, I had real benefits, so I was interested to know how it worked. The yoga teacher used several arguments, saying that yoga would increase compassion and open the heart. And I thought, “ok, ok, ok, I’m here to lengthen… But I began to realize that I was calmer. I was better able to handle more difficult situations. I was more compassionate and more open heart, and able to see things from the point of view of others. I thought, maybe it was just a placebo response. But then I did a literature search of science, and saw evidence that meditation was associated with decreased stress, depression, anxiety, pain and insomnia, and increased quality of life, she declared to the Washington Post.

This work is funded by grants from NIH-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

Lazar’s research link: http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/~lazar/

Europe Rethinks the Schengen Agreement

Pressing subject … what do you think?

“When France, West Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg signed the Schengen Agreement in 1985, they envisioned a system in which people and goods could move from one country to another without barriers. This vision was largely realized: Since its implementation in 1995, the Schengen Agreement eliminated border controls between its signatories and created a common visa policy for 26 countries.Support is eroding for relaxed border controls.”

Source: Europe Rethinks the Schengen Agreement

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.

Ricardo Amorim’s point of view on doing business in Brazil

Brazil Global

For those who want a brief introduction to doing business in Brazil I recommend this  4 minutes video in English. Ricardo Amorim is one of Brazil´s most influential economist according to Forbes magazine and Klout.com.

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