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Reducing a building's carbon output can also lower costs

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Angela Skipper
Mar 01, 2018 16:06
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Researchers from Concordia University's Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering have found a way to significantly reduce carbon emissions produced by residential and non-residential buildings, while also cutting costs.

Heating, cooling, and powering hospitals, hotels, city halls, apartment complexes and other large buildings that share built energy systems makes for a complex and potentially costly climate-change problem.

Add to this the challenges posed by Canada's climate and size -- especially in the Far North where remote communities are located considerable distances from the power grid.

In 2014, Canadian homes and buildings contributed nearly a fifth of Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions.

"It often feels like we have to choose between our financial constraints and using more energy-efficient measures," says Mohammad Sameti, a PhD candidate in Building Engineering at Concordia.

To reduce overall energy consumption, Sameti and Fariborz Haghighat, professor in the Department of Building, Civil, and Environmental Engineering and Tier 1 Concordia Research Chair in Energy and Environment, developed a way to optimize the integration of multiple systems across multiple buildings.

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