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In an Age of Climate Change, Passive Cooling Won’t be Enough

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 | 22 comments

In an Age of Climate Change, Passive Cooling Won’t be Enough

We should continue to strive for buildings that don’t require mechanical cooling—which usually means starting with an exceptionally well-insulated building envelope—but we need to be realistic also by providing for mechanical cooling.

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Fundamentals of Resilient Design: Dry Floodproofing

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Fundamentals of Resilient Design: Dry Floodproofing

While implementing various measures to keep floodwater out of a building may seem like a no-brainer, there are actually some very significant limitations and risks.

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An excellent article on the subsidies that support growing cotton in Arizona

Posted by on May 28, 2015 | 2 comments

To understand how federal policies that support the woefully unsustainable cotton farming in the Arizona desert, take a look at this ProPublica article, Holy Crop: How Federal Dollars are Financing the Water Crisis in the West, by Abrahm Lustgarten and Naveena Sadasivam. Four years ago, when I took a sabbatical from BuildingGreen to focus on launching the Resilient Design Institute, I started that sabbatical with a six-week bicycle trip through the Southwest—from San Diego to Houston. (I posted blogs from that trip on my personal website.) One goal of the bike trip was to spend time...

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Teaching the Duck to Fly – Timing Electrical Demand to Renewable Supply

Posted by on May 26, 2015 | 1 comment

Teaching the Duck to Fly – Timing Electrical Demand to Renewable Supply

Orienting panels to the west to catch the setting sun—at the time usage peaks—might make solar power more valuable even if less total electricity would be generated.

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Municipal Governments Working to Make Their Cities More Resilient

Posted by on May 13, 2015 | 2 comments

Municipal Governments Working to Make Their Cities More Resilient

I came away optimistic that the attendees in the room weren’t going to simply sit by and wait for action; they were going to make it happen.

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An Awesome New Tool for Mapping Coastal Flood Risk

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 | 2 comments

An Awesome New Tool for Mapping Coastal Flood Risk

In my opinion, there’s no more useful resource out there to help us understand flood hazards in coastal locations.

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