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Stepping Up to Address Wind-Wildlife Impacts

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Anonymous in Guest Blogs

Note: This is part three of a series of blogs highlighting recent progress in onshore and offshore wind energy, as well as discussing some of the continued opportunities, challenges, and threats the industry faces in the near term. The series was originally published by .

By KATIE UMEKUBO

Giving Nature a Chance for a Comeback

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Anonymous in Guest Blogs

By TRAVIS WOOD

No longer constrained by repeated mowing and herbicide applications, the manicured fairways of the shuttered Highlands Golf Course in western Michigan have given way to tall grasses swaying in the breeze, interrupted only by more than two miles of looping trails in what is now The Highlands natural area. Several of the old greens are now tall and short-grass prairie plots, offering a glimpse of what the future holds for a piece of land that had been a golf course for the past 100 years.

A Quantitative Look at Solar Heat Gain

Posted on January 1, 2018 by Robert Opaluch in Guest Blogs

This article explores the viability of passive solar and solar-tempered space heating in northern U.S. regions and metro areas. I will quantify solar heating potential by looking at climate data for 22 large cities across the northern U.S. The winter climates in these cities differ not just in temperature ranges, but also in the amount of winter sunlight. Winter temperatures and cloudiness are major determinants of the potential and the cost-effectiveness of exploiting solar heat gainIncrease in the amount of heat in a space, including heat transferred from outside (in the form of solar radiation) and heat generated within by people, lights, mechanical systems, and other sources. See heat loss. for space heating.

Climate Change Challenges the Human Imagination

Posted on December 29, 2017 by Martin Holladay in Musings of an Energy Nerd

We live in strange times. It's clear that our politicians have been remarkably inept at addressing the climate change crisis. Scientists tell us that we have already injected so much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that, especially in light of the ineptitude of political leadership, it is almost certainly too late for the human race to avoid environmental catastrophe.

In short, the chain of events we have set in motion is in all likelihood irreversible.

South Australia Goes All Out on Renewables Despite Federal Focus on Coal

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Bianca Nogrady in Guest Blogs

This post originally appeared at .

U.S. Offshore Wind: Major Milestones and a Promising Future

Posted on December 27, 2017 by Anonymous in Guest Blogs

Note: This is part two of a series of blogs highlighting recent progress in onshore and offshore wind energy, as well as discussing some of the continued opportunities, challenges and threats the industry faces in the near term. The series was originally published by .

By KELLY McCOY

Urban Rustic: Building a Service Core

Posted on December 26, 2017 by Eric Whetzel in Guest Blogs

Editor's note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project; a list of Eric's previous posts appears below. For more details, see Eric's blog, .

Pondering an Attic Conversion in New York

Posted on December 25, 2017 by Scott Gibson in Q&A Spotlight

An energy auditEnergy audit that also includes inspections and tests to assess moisture flow, combustion safety, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, and durability. on BuildingNewb's upstate New York home has prompted a recommendation that he insulate the rafter bays with dense-packed cellulose, transforming what is now a ventilated attic into conditioned spaceInsulated, air-sealed part of a building that is actively heated and/or cooled for occupant comfort. .

Martin’s 2017 Christmas Poem

Posted on December 22, 2017 by Martin Holladay in Musings of an Energy Nerd

The Love Song of J. the Builder
With apologies to T. S. Eliot

Night Surveys: The Lights Are On, But Nobody is Home

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Peter Yost in Building Science

has been Director of Energy Management at Yale University for about 6 years. That means the buck stops at Julie’s desk for the energy consumption of over 400 buildings on campus. Yale has a pretty sophisticated approach to energy, including the , an energy dashboard system that shows energy consumption and details for every one of those 400 Yale buildings.

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