I should like to express my thanks to the following practices for their help in providing illustrations and commenting on the text: Bennetts Associates, Bill Dunster Architects, Foster and Partners, Michael Hopkins and Partners, Jestico + Whiles, RMJM, Richard Rogers Partnership, Alan Short Architects, Fielden Clegg Bradley, Studio E Architects, David Hammond Architects, Grimshaw Architects Ove Arup and Partners.

I am also indebted to Dr Randall Thomas for his valuable advice on the text, Dr William Bordass for providing information from his 'Probe' studies, Dr Adrian Pitts of Sheffield University, Nick White of the Hockerton Housing Project, Ray Morgan of Woking Borough Council and finally Rick Wilberforce of Pilkington plc for keeping me up to date with developments in glazing.

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable Energy 101

Renewable energy is energy that is generated from sunlight, rain, tides, geothermal heat and wind. These sources are naturally and constantly replenished, which is why they are deemed as renewable. The usage of renewable energy sources is very important when considering the sustainability of the existing energy usage of the world. While there is currently an abundance of non-renewable energy sources, such as nuclear fuels, these energy sources are depleting. In addition to being a non-renewable supply, the non-renewable energy sources release emissions into the air, which has an adverse effect on the environment.

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