Comments on: A Cool Idea to Heat Buildings in Sweden http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/responsability/2011/01/12/a-cool-idea-to-heat-buildings-in-sweden/ Thoughts on corporate responsibility and sustainability Tue, 16 Aug 2011 05:03:38 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.9.2 hourly 1 By: Lena Davie http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/responsability/2011/01/12/a-cool-idea-to-heat-buildings-in-sweden/comment-page-1/#comment-229 Lena Davie Fri, 14 Jan 2011 14:32:10 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/responsability/?p=212#comment-229 As the daughter of Scandinavian parents, I can say I am not surprised to see countries like Sweden and Finland leading the way when it comes to innovation in energy conservation and creation. Having traveled across Scandinavia since childhood, I have seen first hand how these northern countries celebrate and harness their natural resources like wind and solar power and how citizens do their part by using mass transit, planting gardens and in some cases living "off the grid" in small summer houses with no electricity. We could learn a thing or two from this out of the box thinking. Every little act can make a huge change if we all do something. As the daughter of Scandinavian parents, I can say I am not surprised to see countries like Sweden and Finland leading the way when it comes to innovation in energy conservation and creation. Having traveled across Scandinavia since childhood, I have seen first hand how these northern countries celebrate and harness their natural resources like wind and solar power and how citizens do their part by using mass transit, planting gardens and in some cases living “off the grid” in small summer houses with no electricity. We could learn a thing or two from this out of the box thinking. Every little act can make a huge change if we all do something.

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By: Joe Arimond http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/responsability/2011/01/12/a-cool-idea-to-heat-buildings-in-sweden/comment-page-1/#comment-227 Joe Arimond Wed, 12 Jan 2011 21:40:59 +0000 http://blogs.hillandknowlton.com/responsability/?p=212#comment-227 The Stockholm subway piece is somewhat the reverse of what was going on more than 30 years ago in Chicago just before I joined H&K's National Division base of operations. Over on the opposite side of Chicago's downtown, Continental Bank was extracting heat from water used to cool its massive mainframe computers. The hot water was piped through heat exchangers that produced warm air used to heat the bank's eight-story computer center. Instead of using additional energy to chill the water before returning it to the mainfarme equipment, a small group of bright, innovative thinkers at the bank had concluded that the heat generated by these huge computers could be recycled. The Stockholm subway project is something our huge, standalone department stores could learn from. The same goes for theaters and large concert venues. In the dead of a Chicago winter, my wife and I dress in summer-like apparel during the Chicago Symphony concert season because 2,300 patrons packed neatly into Chicago's Orchestra Hall are cause for an indoor temperature spike anywhere from eight to twelve degrees. Think of it as the above-ground equivalent of geo-thermal heating. And if that heat were extracted from the hall in Stockholm subway or Continental Bank fashion, it could be used to heat the adjacent lobby areas, saving precious energy and the dollars used to buy it. The Stockholm subway piece is somewhat the reverse of what was going on more than 30 years ago in Chicago just before I joined H&K’s National Division base of operations. Over on the opposite side of Chicago’s downtown, Continental Bank was extracting heat from water used to cool its massive mainframe computers. The hot water was piped through heat exchangers that produced warm air used to heat the bank’s eight-story computer center. Instead of using additional energy to chill the water before returning it to the mainfarme equipment, a small group of bright, innovative thinkers at the bank had concluded that the heat generated by these huge computers could be recycled. The Stockholm subway project is something our huge, standalone department stores could learn from. The same goes for theaters and large concert venues. In the dead of a Chicago winter, my wife and I dress in summer-like apparel during the Chicago Symphony concert season because 2,300 patrons packed neatly into Chicago’s Orchestra Hall are cause for an indoor temperature spike anywhere from eight to twelve degrees. Think of it as the above-ground equivalent of geo-thermal heating. And if that heat were extracted from the hall in Stockholm subway or Continental Bank fashion, it could be used to heat the adjacent lobby areas, saving precious energy and the dollars used to buy it.

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