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Friday Afternoon Read: New York Observer’s Li on “The Eternal Real Estate Challenge”

Much of what Li discusses — the various different ways in which buildings and individuals can and cannot control energy consumption; why New Yorkers pay so much per capita for energy; the basic economic and logistical realities behind how our energy/electrical systems function — is stuff that we’ve gone over in piecemeal in various posts at gbNYC. But Li does an admirable job of bringing it all together, and of outlining one of the bigger challenges in green development. That energy issues are kind of inevitably among the more boring challenges in the field — for raw, visceral excitement, they can’t hold a candle to insulation — makes it all the more impressive that Li’s piece is a pretty enjoyable read.

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