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Meet the Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings



In the global mission to reduce carbon emissions and make heating and cooling of buildings more affordable, the Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings stands out as a beacon of international collaboration. This initiative is one of five that make up the Collaborate Module of MI’s Innovation Platform. Led by a dedicated team of co-leads, the Innovation Community is committed to reshaping the way we approach heating and cooling in our buildings.

Meet the Visionaries

The co-leads of this initiative include Graeme Maidment from DESNZ in the United Kingdom, Piero De Bonis from the European Commission, Pradyot Koley from DST in India, and Rajasekar Elangovan, Manoj Kumar S, and Gouri Parvanendu from IITR in India. Together, they are working to drive international action and information sharing, accelerating research and innovation in the quest to decarbonize heating and cooling for buildings.

A Mission to Decarbonize

The primary goal of this initiative is to promote international collaboration and information exchange to fast-track research and innovation in the decarbonization of heating and cooling systems for buildings. It serves as the successor to Innovation Challenge 7 (IC7) under Mission Innovation 1.0. Currently, 12 Mission Innovation member countries support the Innovation Community, ensuring a global effort to transform the heating and cooling sector.

Building Strong Alliances

To make significant strides toward their goal, the Innovation Community collaborates with organizations and projects such as MI Urban Transitions Mission, the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, the Cool Coalition, RMI, SEforALL, and Buildings Breakthrough. These partnerships bring diverse expertise to the table, fostering innovation and research to tackle the challenges associated with heating and cooling of buildings.

Lean and Agile Approach

The Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings operates as a voluntary coalition with a streamlined organization, allowing for rapid ideation and the launch of new activities. These initiatives can subsequently be implemented by leveraging the many programs and projects within the international clean energy ecosystem. Heating and cooling represent two critical sectors where substantial decarbonization efforts are required, particularly as the demand for cooling systems continues to rise. The ultimate goal is to develop core building heating and cooling systems and strategies that improve building envelopes, providing affordable heating and cooling without carbon emissions.

A Wealth of Information

To support their work, the initiative has launched a virtual repository,, which provides comprehensive information on state-of-the-art innovation topics. This valuable resource is a hub of knowledge for anyone seeking to understand the latest advancements in affordable heating and cooling technologies.

Driving a Sustainable Future

The Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings is a pivotal force in the Mission Innovation community. It is dedicated to international collaboration, information sharing, and innovation to decarbonize the heating and cooling of buildings. With its lean and agile approach, this initiative is poised to drive rapid change in the way we heat and cool our buildings, making these systems more affordable and sustainable.

In a world where energy efficiency and carbon reduction are paramount, this collaborative platform shines as a catalyst for change. It represents the collective global effort to revolutionize how we approach heating and cooling, ultimately creating a greener and more affordable future for our buildings.

Learn more about the Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings here.