This is an opinion piece by Makoto Shibuya, a licensed architect with a portfolio of completed personal and professional projects.
I tend to believe that every challenge is also an opportunity. Cities have evolved over the centuries, but the world is changing rapidly. While there is a healthy debate about what a future city might look like, if we design a city with what we know now, we can assume that it will looks quite different.
Architecture is difficult, complex and rooted in a lot of history and traditions. However, it’s one of our oldest practices – we need a roof before we can sit and think about anything else. Unfortunately, this combination of complexity, tradition, and permanence has historically kept the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry subject to technological change rather than to the forefront. its. Change is hard, especially for things built on centuries ago.
Whether we like it or not, that will have to change as the world realizes what some have warned for decades. Although the numbers are growing, we know Buildings contribute about 40% of global CO2 emissions.
Bitcoin introduces a market-based economic driver for net positive energy projects that, in addition to reducing CO2 emissions, can help offset the carbon footprint of our infrastructure over time.
A case study
In 1945, “Case Researcher Program“ was commissioned to help rebuild housing after World War II. While some projects were never built, it was an important and influential contribution to the modern architectural movement. Today, we face another challenge – we know that shared buildings contribute about 40% of global CO2 emissions.
Zero is a case study that explores new opportunities around renewable energy infrastructure and Bitcoin. The ultimate goal is to accelerate net zero carbon projects through renewable energy technology, material selection, and carbon removal strategies. I understand there are nuances around environmental concerns and I am merely flexing some design ideas to see where I land.
On the face of it, the energy consumption of a “proof-of-work” system like Bitcoin may seem like an inherent problem, but the problems complicate the need to consider the entire system. When thinking about this, it’s important to separate energy from carbon emissions. Using energy is not inherently a bad thing. Everything requires energy – that’s part of the first law of thermodynamics.
In short, the problem with energy has never been about scarcity, but about its ability to store and deliver it continuously. For the first time in history, energy has a last resort buyer – bitcoin miners – who can take trapped or surplus energy from anywhere and convert it into a global digital asset. . Bitcoin mining creates a perpetual hunger for trapped or excess energy, which can enhance traditional net metering and energy storage. Mining makes it possible to monetize building and operating a solar power system from day one instead of waiting for permits to be sold back to the grid, which can often take months. It is another valuable tool that is geographically independent. This new demand acts as an ongoing driver for renewable energy and further innovation in energy infrastructure.
Combining renewable energy sources with batteries allows people to become their own utility. Mining can add another tool to help balance their renewable energy economy. This add-on allows households, campuses, and cities to design a renewable energy system that will meet all of their electrical needs without the risk of overbuilding. This has traditionally been uneconomical as the system needs to be designed for peak loads. This new ability to economically design these extended loads, in turn, further improves the economics of renewable energy infrastructure.
Here is a diagram showing how bitcoin mining can complement energy storage and net metering. The heat generated by the mining hardware is then used to preheat the domestic water used around the house.
Waste heat (a by-product of bitcoin mining) is used to heat the domestic water around the house. In winter, it is also used as heat radiation for the floor.
“Just capturing one hour of the sun shining down on our planet will allow us to meet the world’s food and energy needs for an entire year, and each year the sun gives off more energy to the earth. earth compared to the whole of human history.”– Solar Revolution
Roofs can be designed to cut off the angle of the sun in the summer and allow it to seep in during the winter. In the summer, this helps keep the temperature from getting too hot. In winter, the sun is allowed to warm the floor and spread heat throughout the space throughout the night. Adjustable sliding shades provide another level of local sun control.
Rainwater is collected into water characteristics and stored in an underground water tank. In the summer, when this water evaporates, it cools the air before it enters the building. Combine this with strategically located openable windows that allow cool air to circulate throughout the residence, saving air conditioning energy.
The power of an image
After World War II, the original “Type Study Houses” appeared in “Art & Architecture” magazine in iconic black and white photographs. These photographs spread California’s mid-century architecture around the world and were influential in the modern architecture movement. In the same spirit, I created several shots of Project Zero to help draw a vision. It’s still not a complete picture – it’s merely a case study to test ideas. Admittedly there are details to be worked out and improvements to be made. However, the intention is to have an ongoing process of testing ideas with the hope of a sustainable future.
This is a guest post Makoto Shibuya. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.