HPB Magazine
February 2024
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The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park will be the first British hotel to use Naked Energy’s Virtu technology solar “collectors.” Credit: The Mandarin Oriental

New technology will see Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park cut yearly carbon emissions by 7 tonnes, with 120 solar collectors installed on the hotel's roof that will provide hot water for its bedrooms, restaurants and spa. The collectors can generate solar heat up to 120°C. Its unique modular design makes it the world’s highest energy density solar heat technology, estimated to reduce more than three times the greenhouse gases per square metre, compared to traditional solar photovoltaic panels. Read more
Last year was record-breaking for tall building completions, with 175 buildings of 200 meters or greater in height, up 13.6% from 154 completions in 2022. A total of 18 cities got a new tallest building. These high completion rates reflect the construction industry regaining momentum after COVID. Read more
City Attempts Solving Housing Crisis With State-of-the-Art Passive Homes
Boston housing officials renovated one of the U.S.’s oldest federal public residential developments, making the units safer and cleaner using passive building principles. The retrofit began about 10 years ago with ventilation upgrades to reduce asthma risk for residents, particularly children. The third phase of renovations met Phius standards for passive buildings. Read more
The annual meeting gathered representatives from 198 countries, as well as industry leaders to discuss and establish strategies to limit the extent of climate change and its adverse effects. The ultimate goal of these meetings is to find ways to limit the global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times. At the moment, the global temperature rise is already at 1.2 degrees Celsius. Read more
ASHRAE and the International Code Council (ICC) announced the release of the full publication public review draft of a proposed joint standard for the evaluation and documentation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across a building’s life cycle. Proposed ASHRAE/ICC Standard 240P, Quantification of Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Emissions of Buildings, is open for comment through March 18, 2024. Standard 240P will provide a methodology to quantify the embodied and operational GHG emissions associated with buildings and their sites. The standard will also provide minimum requirements for documentation of life cycle GHG emissions. Drafts are posted and comments can be made at osr.ashrae.org. Read more
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