Alex Wilson

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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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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Fundamentals of Resilient Design: Wet Floodproofing

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Fundamentals of Resilient Design: Wet Floodproofing

Letting floodwaters into a building is an important resilience measure, but it has to be done in a way that prevents damage.

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