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Autodesk AEC Headquarters and Integrated Project Delivery: Factor Ten Engineering Case Study

This paper describes the design and construction of Autodesk’s Headquarters building. The building was a “triple win”: design and construction costs were below target (benefiting both the design-build team and owner); designer and contractor profits exceeded targets; and the building achieved LEED-CI Platinum and all other goals. The building demonstrates…

Nuclear Power’s Competitive Landscape

A hotly debated topic, the present and future state of nuclear power and its competitors are the subjects of this presentation by Amory Lovins at RMI2009. Lovins argues that nuclear power is losing to micropower and renewable energy choices because they are cheaper, even with carbon pricing. Likewise, energy end-use…

Climate: Eight Convenient Truths

In this article from Roll Call, Amory Lovins provides eight arguments for Congress to pass climate change legislation. He argues that protecting the climate is profitable and describes steps that can be taken to promote energy efficiency and save fossil fuels.

Nuclear Power: Climate Fix or Folly?

This semitechnical article, summarizing a detailed and documented technical paper (see “The Nuclear Illusion” (2008)), compares the cost, climate protection potential, reliability, financial risk, market success, deployment speed, and energy contribution of new nuclear power with those of its low- or no-carbon competitors. It explains why soaring taxpayer subsidies haven’t…

Does a Big Economy Need Big Power Plants

Amory Lovins wrote this piece as an invited blog for the New York Times “Freakonomics” column in 2009. In it, he argues for the use of distributed generation and “micropower” instead of big, central power plants. “…