Alex Wilson

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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Creating a More Resilient Homestead

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017

More and more people, especially homesteaders who value independence and self-sufficiency, are working to make their homes and properties more resilient.

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My Resilient Design course at BAC starts soon

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017

The online course, Resilient Design, that I’ve been teaching once or twice a year for the past three years, starts on January 17th. It’s an eight-week, graduate-level course that addresses key topics of resilient design, including vulnerabilities to storms and other natural disasters, and strategies for enhancing the resilience of our buildings and communities. The course is entirely “asynchronous,” meaning that students can participate in the discussion forums on their own time. The readings are drawn from various sources, but mostly from the Resilient Design...

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