Saving Energy in Boston: What the City’s ‘DNA’ Reveals

Saving energy in Boston -- or any other city -- is less mysterious if you understand the overall DNA of its buildings, markers that show how they use electricity and heat. That’s the idea behind Retroficiency’s Building Genome Project, which today released a DNA mapping of 16,800 commercial buildings in Boston. What’s fascinating -- and … [Read more...]

Green Cities: It’s All in the DNA

We’ve made major strides in medicine by mapping the human genome. Now a Boston-based data analytics company has set out to do the same for our buildings. Like humans, buildings have a kind of DNA, markers that provide indicators about their energy health, such as age of construction or type of heating equipment. “Think of a giant decision tree. … [Read more...]