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Cradle to Grave Sustainability: Electric Vehicle Batteries

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM, and Mitchell Hughey This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. An oft-undiscussed element of sustainability in the built environment is the “cradle to grave,” concept—that is, the sustainability factor of not only a finished product, but the impact throughout the lifespan of all products and materials, from production, […]

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Electricity vs. Natural Gas: The Energy Showdown

by Paul Greenwalt, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Residential, commercial, and industrial users have choices about the energy sources they use for building systems and processes, such as HVAC and water systems, refrigeration systems, manufacturing/production processes, cooking, and clothes drying. Natural gas and electricity are the two main options for […]

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The Path to Enlightenment: Energy Metering and Management

by Shaun May, EIT, CEM This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Energy management is a hot topic in today’s business climate, and also a growing interest of mine. I spent last year studying to become a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and am proud to say that as of May 2017, I am […]

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Demystifying Puget Sound Energy Grants

by Jeff Yirak, P.E., CPMP, LEED AP BD+C, O+M This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. I’m currently working on Virginia Mason’s new Bainbridge Island Medical Center. For this project, our client applied for a Puget Sound Energy (PSE) energy grant. I had heard the process can be cumbersome, with lots of forms, […]

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An Active Approach to Passive House Design

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Back in October 2016, the AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) gathered for a “Sustainability Slam,” which I attended. The evening featured many informative presentations. Two of them, by NK Architects, caught my attention. They both focused on Passive House building […]

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Quest for Global Sustainable Development

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. I am always looking for innovative approaches to achieve sustainability. In late 2014, I wrote an article exploring energy efficiency and energy conservation strategies used in Europe. From broad-level policies and government funding to net-zero energy design strategies and support for transportation […]

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A Chilling Reality: The Expensive and Uncomfortable State of Indoor Climate

by Shaun May, EIT This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. Excessive indoor cooling is costing us all a lot of money, so much money it sends chills down my back just thinking about it… Or, is that just the A/C? Multiple studies and articles have discussed the negative effects that cold offices […]

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Time for Net Zero: What We Learned from the AIA Seattle Getting to Zero Educational Series

by Shaun May, EIT and Matt Woo, P.E., RCDD, LEED AP BD+C This article is part of Wood Harbinger’s newsletter series. In October and November of 2015, the two of us attended the AIA Seattle Getting to Zero educational series. This four-part event was presented by local leaders in the race for net zero energy […]

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The Process of Energy Modeling – Part III

By Paul Greenwalt Wood Harbinger’s engineers have been blogging since 2013! This Throwback Thursday series features posts from back in the day that are just too good to stay at the back of the blog. Enjoy this one by Paul Greenwalt, originally published on January 21, 2014: In the previous parts of this series, I […]

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