SS Forum: Why Innovations in Building Technology Are Critical for Meeting Climate Goals

Event Type: 
Guest Lecture
Speaker: 
Dr. Henry Kelly, Senior Scientist
Friday, February 19, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
2024 Dana Building
Event Sponsor: 
Center for Sustainable Systems
School of Natural Resources and Environment

ABSTRACT: The recent global agreement on climate change has provided the platform for a much needed emphasis on the key role of innovation in energy technologies. But the clear priorities of statements made by the White House focus on innovations in the production and storage of electricity. Innovation in clean electricity production is essential, and innovations in efficient use of electricity are equally important. 76% of US electricity is used in buildings but the performance of building technology remains far short of theoretical potential. Recent advances in materials science, information science, and many other fields provide fascinating new opportunities to achieve enormous savings at low costs. It’s critical that we find a way to communicate the nature of the research challenges facing building technologies, and the huge benefits that can be gained by solutions, with scholars having background, imagination, and passion to address them.


BIO: Henry Kelly has worked in building energy research and energy policy in many capacities including the Department of Energy (where he was acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewables) and the White House Office of Technology Assessment. He is now a Senior Scientist in the University of Michigan’s Michigan Institute for Data Science (MIDAS).

EVENT SPONSORED BY: Center for Sustainable Systems, School of Natural Resources and Environment

Refreshments will be served.