The Gaurdian newspaper has also got invovled in the debate and provides a 'Facts and Figures' approach to shale gas fracking. Make your own mind up??
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Following our discussion in class last week about energy trends over the past few decades, here is a trailer for a recent documentary on the rise of natural gas entitled 'Gasland' and it doesn't make for easy viewing. The documentary was shown on Current TV last night and may be repeated over the coming weeks.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Some useful videos used in class were the BASF video on energy efficiency and the excellent '300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds' by the Post Carbon Institute.
Students were also asked to imagine what the built environment would be like in a world without fossil fuels. The aim of this was to identify the tacit knowledge in the class and to encourage the students to think in future scenarios without limitations or restrictions.
Week 1 aims to set the context for the next 10 weeks by focusing on energy and built environment while also giving an introduction to the Passive House concept. We explored the different units of energy, the importance of energy efficiency and international, European and Irish energy use trends.
Monday, September 5, 2011
This academic year, I am going to experiment with Prezi to see if it is a viable alternative to PowerPoint. My first lecture on Prezi is below outlining a brief introduction to the module.