Alex Wilson

A novel product to protect water heaters and other equipment from flood damage

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015

Little Falls, New Jersey resident Sean Mathews has developed a low-cost solution for protecting equipment from flood damage, and he wants to see more homeowners have access to it.

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

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015

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

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

Posted by on May 26, 2015

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

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

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

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