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Resilient Design: Natural Cooling

Posted on March 30,2015 by AlexWilson in AC

Over the past month and a half, my blogs been focusing on resilient design — which will become all the more important in this age of climate change. Achieving resilience in homes not only involves keeping them comfortable in the winter months through lots of insulation and some passive solar gain (which I've covered in the previous two blogs), it also involves keeping them from getting too hot in the summer months if we lose power and our air conditioning systems stop working.

Simple Strategies for Keeping Cool

Posted on March 30,2015 by AlexWilson in green basics

We’re into those hot days of summer--really hot--with temperatures predicted in the mid- to upper-90s, even in Vermont, this week. In this column I’ll provide some simple tips for keeping (reasonably) cool in hot weather or, if you use air conditioning, operating that air conditioning equipment most efficiently. Keep the sun out

Lower heat gain with reflective shades

Posted on March 30,2015 by Peterbilt in Deep energy

**Shades or blinds are the most effective means of preventing unwanted heat and sunlight from entering a house.**

This lowers cooling costs. And, by employing a combination of strategies such as this one, it's possible to eliminate air-conditioning altogether in drier climates.

Shades or blinds mounted to the outside of the building are best. Available with manual or automatic controls, their sometimes complex, weatherproof hardware can add to the cost. Manual shades require an operator for changing weather conditions, or the benefits are lost.

Retrofit windows with solar-control film to minimize heat gain

Posted on March 30,2015 by Peterbilt in Home performance & weatherization

**If it isn’t an option to replace existing windows with low-e units to block excess solar heat, solar control films will do the job.**

Unlike tinted films of the past, solar control films now have low-e coatings that reduce solar-heat gain without noticeably affecting the view. Placed side-by-side, however, a coated window will appear slightly gray when compared to an uncoated one.

Learn more in the Green Building Encyclopedia

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