Content tagged "passive cooling"

Urban Forestry Video Series New Release!

Trees provide more than just beauty or a source of wood products. Rather, trees provide an assortment of economic, environmental, psychological and social...

Why should I care about conserving energy?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Energy conservation is or should be a concern for everyone, for a multitude of reasons. We spend a lot of money on energy, whether it’s gasoline,...

What is the carbon saving from the cooling effects of urban forests?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Trees and urban forests cool the environment by direct shade, which lowers surface and air temperature, and by evapotranspiration. The lowering of...

How do I know/determine if energy consumption is being reduced by planting trees in my municipality?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Energy consumption is reduced by tree shade and evapotranspiration, lowering temperatures of the air and surfaces. Additionally, trees slow down winds by...

What are some effects of urban vegetation on urban climate and hot cities?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

 The presence and/or lack of vegetation can affect solar radiation, air movement, and air temperature. Vegetation may be used to intercept solar radiation...

How does vegetation guide wind to maximize cooling in the summer months?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Strategically positioning vegetation in the landscape can maximize cooling in summer months and help protect from cold winds in the winter. Wind may be...

I want to select the best spot for my tree. How can I find out where the sun will be in the summer and winter?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

The position of the sun is expressed in altitude (or elevation) and azimuth, both of which will vary by location, time of day, and time of year.  Altitude...

What is evapotranspiration?

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 27, 2016

Evapotranspiration is a combination of evaporation and transpiration. Evaporation is a physical process that transforms liquid water into vapor by absorbing...

Urban Trees & Energy Conservation

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: April 26, 2016

Trees provide the greatest energy conservation benefit when they are found in every part of urban landscapes, yards, businesses, parking lots, along streets,...

Trees for Comfort in Public Places

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

  Cities can be extremely hot during long summer days. Air conditioning is often needed indoors and in cars to offset high temperatures. This heat can...

Urban Forests Role in Heat Reduction

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Cities contain numerous hard surfaces (concrete, asphalt, metal, and brick) that absorb large quantities of solar radiation (heat) throughout the day,...

Finding Refuge in the Urban Forest

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Urban forests and parks offer a refuge for those who live in urban environments. Many people in cities, especially those in lower income areas, live in hot,...

Blending Architecture with the Urban Forest

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 24, 2016

 Effectively blending elements of architecture and landscape architecture can provide numerous benefits to those who work or live in urban environments....

Guide wind - Maximize summer cooling

Home Energy Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: March 23, 2016

Strategically positioning vegetation in landscapes can maximize energy benefits and save money for homeowners, commercial properties and public facilities....

Urban Heat Island

Trees for Energy Conservation Updated: September 29, 2015

The conversion of rural land for urban use is referred to as urbanization (Miller, 1997). Seventy-four percent (203 million) of the U.S. population in 1989...

Uses of Urban Vegetation to Moderate Climate

Climatology is the study of weather and its changes over long periods of time. The climate within a given location can be described from three aspects:...

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