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Cool Roofs are...Cool!
I attended a terrific Friends of the Berkeley Lab public lecture on October 11th on “Cool Cities, Cool Planet,” presenting research on strategies to ease energy usage and costs by choosing solar reflective materials for roofing and pavement, while at the same time mitigating the effects of global warming. Speakers were Art Rosenfeld, Professor of Physics Emeritus at U.C. Berkeley, founder of the LBNL Center for Building Science, and Commissioner at the ... [continue reading]
Window Shade Study Shows Positive Results
It’s no secret that windows are a liability when it comes to heat loss in homes. Conductance of quality insulated, low-e windows is typically 0.30-0.35 Btu/ft2hr°F, or about R-3. If installed in a wall that performs at R-20, heat lost through windows is 6-7 times higher (per unit area) than heat loss through the rest of the wall. Various window treatments have been used for years to reduce this loss ... [continue reading]
On the Road Again
Montana Weatherization Training Center
The Montana Weatherization Training Center would like to inform you of this week's episodes of WxTV, online and ready for viewing. [continue reading]
Building Performance Training Lab on Wheels
David Brown, VP of the Energy Conservation Institute, recently drove up from Ventura, Calif., towing a 3-ton building performance lab. I met with David (middle in photo), another ECI trainer, and Lawrence Berkeley Lab staff scientist Iain Walker (right in photo) while David was in Northern Calif. to meet with utility, State Assembly members and building educators. [continue reading]
With the Fall comes many changes; today I was reminded that within those changes some things remain the same. [continue reading]
Wx TV: New Episode
The Montana Weatherization Training Center would like to inform you of this week's episode of WxTV, online and ready for viewing. [continue reading]
Across the Green Home Spectrum
Last week I was in Charleston, South Carolina for a meeting of the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). This week I stopped by West Coast Green taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. NASCSP is a group of state managers for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for low-income families. West Coast Green is an interactive conference focusing on innovation for the built environment. From crawlspaces ... [continue reading]
What is Permaculture?
Wikipedia’s definition of permaculture works. It’s a fancy word to describe biology, but complex enough that there are certification systems for it all over the world, workshops, and events such as the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, which was in Seattle Washington over the weekend of September 15 and 16. Three hundred people gathered, twice as many as there were at the same conference the year before. [continue reading]
I Want My Wx TV!
The Montana Weatherization Training Center would like to inform you of this week's episode of WxTV, online and ready for viewing. We'll be kicking off our new 'Health & Safety Series'. [continue reading]