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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 24, 2014
The 9th annual North American Passive House Conference happened two weeks ago in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) has been holding this conference every year since 2006, and it just keeps getting better. I've been to the last three now, and it's one...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 16, 2012
"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future." The Danish physicist Niels Bohr first said this, and it's true. Of course, we all like to try anyway, and I've done so myself with my articles on peak oil and the end of growth. I could well be wrong. It's happened before. But the...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on June 4, 2012
It's been a while since my last post on the big picture of energy, so today I present to you two more metrics that show we have a serious problem. Peak oil, as I've written here before, brings about a supply and demand imbalance long before we actually run out of oil. The problem stems from our...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on January 4, 2012
We all have beliefs about energy, the economy, and growth. Mostly, we hold the beliefs of the people who influenced us growing up—our family, friends, and teachers—and the media voices we pay attention to. A lot of people don't see them as beliefs but rather as some kind of universal truth because...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 23, 2011
Seven years ago, I became obsessed with the topic of peak oil. I had to read everything about it that I could find. I was one of the first subscribers to The Oil Drum. I went to peak oil conferences. It really got to me.
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All new homes could be high performance homes.
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 19, 2011
A recent discussion on LinkedIn got me thinking about this question again. If you've spent any time here in the Energy Vanguard blog, you know that one of the things I do a lot is point out bad HVAC design, poor construction practices, building envelopes that don't control the flow of heat and...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 6, 2011
I’m not a Cajun myself, but I lived with the Cajuns in south Louisiana for eight years. In 1971, my mom moved us to that area, and we ended up in a place called Chauvin on a narrow strip of dry land between marshes. About ten miles south of us was Cocodrie. That's where the road ended. All...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on June 24, 2011
At the 2010 RESNET conference, I heard David Goldstein speak on some of the issues he'd written about in his newly published book, Invisible Energy. Goldstein is the Energy Program Co-Director at the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and president of RESNET, and in one part of his talk, he...
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