Category Archives: Passivhaus

A review of Arcologies

One concept for how to reduce the environmental impact of cities is arcologies. The word itself is a combination of the words “architecture” and “ecology”, which neatly sums up the idea of developing self sustaining buildings with the minimum of environmental impact. … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, CHP, clean energy, climate change, environment, future, housing, Passivhaus, peak oil, politics, power, renewables, space, subsidy, sustainability, sustainable, technology, transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Grenfell tower fire

A fire in the Grenfell tower complex in London, which has left an estimated 58 dead has shocked the UK, leading to protests, as well as exposing the deep divisions that exist between the have nots and have loads in the London … Continue reading

Posted in economics, efficiency, energy, housing, Passivhaus, politics, power | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

The flawed logic of preppers

I started writing this one a few month ago (prior to travelling long distance) and then forgot about it, but thought maybe I should finish it. For quite some time in American there has been a survivalist movement, which grew out … Continue reading

Posted in climate change, economics, energy, fossil fuels, future, Global warming denial, history, nuclear, Passivhaus, peak oil, politics, power, renewables, sustainability, sustainable, technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Electricity prices – its complicated

I came across this comment the other day from some climate denier, the figure he was referring to being given below. The point he was trying to make was that German electricity prices are high and thus renewables = expensive electricity. … Continue reading

Posted in CHP, clean energy, economics, efficiency, energy, fossil fuels, France, Global warming denial, nuclear, Passivhaus, politics, power, renewables, subsidy, sustainability, sustainable | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Wooden skyscrapers

Traditionally a limiting factor with wood has been the building height. Historical buildings made of wood were up to 50m high, in the case of some Norwegian Stave churches, but more recently wood structures have been limited to only a … Continue reading

Posted in Biomass, Passivhaus, sustainability, sustainable | 8 Comments

Tories plan to decimate Green Energy

This is a reposting of something I put up on my personal blog recently. Hidden away within the recent Queen’s speech was a series of commitments to dismantle many of the Green energy policies brought in under both the last … Continue reading

Posted in clean energy, climate change, economics, efficiency, energy, fossil fuels, Global warming denial, nuclear, Passivhaus, peak oil, politics, power, renewables, Shale Gas, sustainability, sustainable, technology | 4 Comments

Putin a sock in it – the consequences of Crimea on European energy

Putin’s hasty actions in Crimea have had all sorts of consequences. Ranging from geopolitical to economic. However in this post we will address one of the questions raised regarding energy, what if as revenge for sanctions Putin decides to turn … Continue reading

Posted in climate change, economics, efficiency, energy, fossil fuels, Global warming denial, nuclear, Passivhaus, peak oil, politics, power, renewables, Shale Gas, Shale oil, subsidy, sustainability, sustainable, Tar Sands | 2 Comments