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Hot day in Vermont

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015

How could climate scientists be so confident, I wondered, in predicting that 2015 would be the warmest year on record, since we were only three-quarters through the year?

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My Resilient Design Course at BAC starts next week

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015

For the past several years, I’ve been teaching the online course, Resilient Design, through Boston Architectural College (BAC). The eight-week course runs from October 26 through December 18, 2015 and is limited to 15 students. It’s a great opportunity to dig into the issues of resilience at both a building scale and a community scale and to participate in in-depth online discussions. The course is offered through BAC’s Sustainable Design Institute and earns 1.5 credits that can be used towards a Masters in Design Studies or simply taken as continuing education. Here’s the course...

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It’s Not Easy Eating Only Local Food

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015

A more resilient food system has more distributed food production, with greater availability of locally grown and locally processed foods.

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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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