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Buildings: a climate problem or a climate solution? (9:34)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 03:14 The year 2019 set a record for the most emissions from buildings. What was a major contributor to this record, and why is it significant?
  2. 03:43 Why are most buildings inefficient when it comes to heating and cooling? How do these problems tend to compound each other?
  3. 04:53 What is the most readily available Solution for existing buildings? At what point do these changes become particularly powerful?
  4. 05:35 We must electrify everything possible in buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. What innovation must come in tandem with this change, and how can it be achieved?
  5. 06:40 In your own words, why is the Montreal Protocol significant?
  6. 08:45 In what ways can construction be part of the building-emissions Solution?
  7. 09:49 Why is it important to design climate-friendly building policies that take into account the way improvements are implemented?