The term built environment refers to the human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings and parks or green space to neighborhoods and cities that can often include their supporting infrastructure, such as water supply, or energy networks.
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Wind Could Provide Almost One-Fifth Of Global Electricity By 2030Last Updated on 2014-10-23 10:49:39Wind capacity could increase nearly seven-fold by 2030, reaching a total of more than 2,000 gigawatts and meeting almost 20 percent of electricity demand, according to a new report. Released on Wednesday, the Global Wind Energy Outlook 2014 says that while wind power is already in 90 countries — with a total installed capacity of 318 gigawatts at the end of 2013 — growth has been flat for the last several years at about 40 gigawatts per year due to the economic crisis, low growth in wealthy countries, and policy instability. The report, put out by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), a trade organization, found that going forward this could change and per-year installations could rise to as much as 90 gigawatts. Click here to read more
Solar farms are a blight on the landscape, says ministerLast Updated on 2014-10-20 10:17:43Environment Secretary Liz Truss has said large-scale solar farms are "a blight on the landscape" and confirmed plans to cut a taxpayer subsidy to farmers and landowners for the schemes.
She told the Mail on Sunday the land could be better used for growing food.
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Chile Top Renewables Market on Sunny Desert, Windy ShoresLast Updated on 2014-10-08 11:36:59With the sunniest desert on Earth, a windswept coast and limited fossil fuel supplies, northern Chile has become the world’s top market for renewable energy.
The government of President Michelle Bachelet has approved 76 solar and wind projects since taking power March 11. Renewable energy developers are pursuing contracts to deliver electricity to mines run by by companies including Anglo American Plc (AAL) and BHP Billiton Ltd. (BHP), which consume a third of the country’s power. Click here to read more
Syllabus: Responding to the Challenge of Climate ChangeLast Updated on 2014-07-10 13:15:48
This course features guest lectures from faculty across the university, sharing the approaches their disciplines bring to understanding the challenge of global climate change. The course considers the impacts of climate change and the reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; considers cultural and social perspectives on climate change; and considers solutions proposed and created by policy makers, architects and managers.
Students learn how to assess the climate impact of a business or institution and how to assess measures to reduce emissions. The course includes a field trip to visit sustainable rebuilding and clean energy projects in the New Orleans area. The course’s final essay assignment asks students to develop a prospectus for an honors thesis project relating to climate change. By providing a multidisciplinary overview and introducing students to work... More »
Video: Energy 101: Daylighting - DOELast Updated on 2013-04-22 00:00:00
This video demonstrates "Daylighting" — the use of windows or skylights for natural lighting and temperature regulation—is one building strategy that can save money for homeowners and businesses. Highly efficient, strategically placed windows maximize the use of natural daylight in a building, lowering the need for artificial lighting without causing heating or cooling problems.
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The video opens with "Energy 101: Daylighting." This is followed by various shots of building interiors with many windows and large amounts of natural lighting.
Okay, so we all know that windows can provide a great view, right? But if... More »
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