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Matt Power

As a veteran reporter, Matt Power has covered virtually every aspect of design and construction. His award-winning articles often tackle tough environmental challenges in a way that makes them relevant to both professionals and end users. An expert on both building science and green building, he has a long history of asking hard questions--and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues.

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Recent Posts

Happy Apocalypse?

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 16, 2014 1:43:13 PM

Who says life in a post apocalypse has to be bleak? Art like this offers us a less dystopian version of life after the crash of civilization. We like the positive approach. If you want to see more like this, check out our Celestia Project, about life in the year 2100.

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Study: Washing Solar Panels Probably Not Worth the Cost

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 8, 2014 3:21:00 AM

I received a pitch this morning from a company that specializes in washing solar panels. That's a business I didn't know existed, but I'm glad there's a growing number of customers for them. Photos of people scrubbing away at solar installations on green buildings made me wonder. How much does dirt on panels affect solar PV performance?

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Green Building is Not a Social Movement. It's A Matter of Survival.

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 7, 2014 10:41:28 AM

An article going around this week suggests that Green Building is a "social movement" that, like other social movements (prohibition, civil rights, etc.) stands at the precipice of success or failure. The writer argues that green building could easily be "co-opted, repressed, subject to failure, or succeed." In other words, he's arguing that the mainstream acceptance of the need to build energy efficient, low impact buildings is a matter of social choice, not something that "must" happen. I disagree.

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The Energy Thief In Your Living Room

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 4, 2014 8:21:00 AM

Question: Which household device uses more power than 26 fluorescent light bulbs, or a new refrigerator? It's the set-top television box, according to research by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), In fact, they say that:

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Sexy Rainwater Downspouts Add Jewel-Like Detail To Home Exterior

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 2, 2014 1:15:00 PM

Collecting rainwater from your roof doesn't have to be dull, pedestrian work. That's the message you get from these unusual downspout systems. Instead hiding water inside cheap PVC gutters, these homeowners can watch the flow as it travels all the way down to the waiting cistern.

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