The Dept. of Energy has chosen Pennsylvania State University to head a new research center to find ways to design buildings to be more energy-efficient. DOE said on Aug. 24 the new Energy-Efficient Building Systems Design Hub, to be based in Philadelphia, will combine federal, private-sector and university researchers. It will get up to $22 million in federal funds this year. DOE will ask Congress for an additional $25 million in each of the succeeding four years.
The former Soviet nation of Kazakhstan is ramping up completion of EXPO 2017—a futuristic megaproject estimated to cost between $3 and $5 billion that will showcase global energy efficiency and boost the host’s global profile
Cover photo by Neelam Mathews in Astana, Kazakhstan