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New Study Confirms China Is the Chief Source of Banned Gas

Inside a Chinese factory where air conditioners are made. Atmospheric measurements suggest that elevated levels of a banned chemical are coming from two Chinese provinces. [Photo credit: ILO - J. Maillard / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr] Two industrialized provinces in eastern China are responsible for most of an increase in emissions of a banned chemical that depletes the Earth’s ozone layer, scientists say in a recently released report. New observations confirm the suspicions of scientists who said last year that they had detected increased emissions of CFC-11, a chlorofluorocarbon once widely used as a blowing agent in foam insulation. The…


Democrats Seek Extension of Tax Breaks for Renewables

Wind farms, like this one in Idaho, would benefit from an effort in Congress to extend tax breaks for renewable energy. [Photo credit: Jerry and Pat Donaho / CC NC-ND / Flickr] Federal tax credits for wind and solar systems are to be phased out beginning next year as part of a 2015 deal that ended a ban on crude oil exports. Now, a group of Democrats in Congress would like rework the plan and keep the subsidies in place, Bloomberg reports. The 2015 agreement was a boon for renewables. A production tax credit for the wind industry, which had…


The 13 Best Places to Stay in the Catskills and Hudson Valley This Summer

There’s no shortage of design-driven hotels just a short-ish drive (as long as you don’t leave on a Friday afternoon) north of New York City. Here are 13 standouts in the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions. N.B. Featured photograph by Matthew Williams for Workstead, from A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY. Above: The sophisticated Rivertown Lodge, in Hudson, New York, was formerly a 1920s movie house. Photograph by Matthew Williams, from A Hotel with a Sense of Place: Rivertown Lodge in Hudson, NY. Above: The lobby of Scribner’s Catskill Lodge, a 38-room mountain lodge…


New York Gets Serious About Traffic

A traffic jam on New York's Hudson Street. Beginning in 2021, fees will be levied on all vehicles entering a pricing zone covering lower Manhattan. [Photo credit: Andreas Komodromos / CC BY-NC / Flickr] After years of debate, New York state has adopted congestion pricing to deal with traffic problems in New York City. Starting in 2021, fees will be imposed on all vehicles entering a pricing zone that covers lower Manhattan, from 60th Street at the southern edge of Central Park to the southernmost tip of the island. This approach has succeeded in cities including London, Singapore, and Stockholm.…


Meet Our Season 41 Apprentices, Kathryn and De’Shaun

Back in February, we opened up another search for two apprentices to join us for an upcoming season of This Old House (TOH) TV. This round of apprentices would work alongside the TOH crew in Westerly, Rhode Island, and the Greater Boston-area project for Season 41 of TOH TV on PBS.  We're thrilled to announce Kathryn Fulton and De'Shaun Burnett as our Generation NEXT apprentices for 2019-2020!About Generation NEXT Back in the summer of 2016, we joined with the mikeroweWORKS Foundation to launch TOH's Generation NEXT apprenticeship program. We aimed to formalize our commitment to leveraging our platform to spark general interest in the trades as…


What to Know About Meeting Energy Code Requirements

What to Know About Meeting Energy Code Requirements | 2019-05-28 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain…

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