Alex Wilson

Special issue of BRI on Overheating in Buildings

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

When I was at the PLEA 2017 Conference (Passive Low-Energy Architecture) in Scotland a few weeks ago, I learned that the contents of a special issue of the journal, Building Research & Information on Overheating in Buildings are available free through the end of July. BRI is a peer-reviewed, technical journal, and access to BRI’s articles is usually quite pricey. There is a wealth of good information in the technical papers available in this issue—though be forewarned that they are quite technical. The issue of maintaining habitable temperatures in buildings is one of the key...

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Nice article in BOM Magazine on Resilience and Sustainability

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017

Greg Zimmerman, the executive editor of Building Operating Management (BOM) magazine, wrote a great cover story on the relationship between resilience and sustainability for the July issue of BOM. The print article, “To Focus on Resilience, Focus Also on Sustainability,” will be out in early July, but it is available online now. It’s great to see this argument being made by others—that resilience and sustainability go hand-in-hand. It’s not an either-or situation. Here’s an excerpt from Greg’s article: “By focusing on sustainability and resilience...

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Heat Waves and How to Plan for Them

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017

While I have long been loathe to oversize heating and cooling equipment, it may make sense to plan for higher cooling loads that are resulting from climate change.

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Surviving the Apocalypse vs. Heading it Off

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

The trend of the wealthy to make provisions to protect only their immediate families will ultimately fail if the only beneficiaries are themselves and not the larger society.

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Fundamentals of Resilient Design: Backup Power for Homes

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017

Living in a solar-powered, net-zero-energy house doesn’t solve the problem of being without power when the grid goes down—which can happen for any number of reasons.

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2016 Set Another Global Temperature Record

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017

There has been growing concern within scientific circles that the U.S. Government, with the incoming Trump Administration, may stop collecting or releasing climate data.

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