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Functional Art: Cool New Pieces from Sawkille Co.

We’ve been following Sawkille since its nascence in 2010. One of the reasons we admire them so (aside from the excellent craftsmanship that comes out of their Rhinebeck headquarters) is their desire to reimagine and reinvent—again and again. Every year, it seems, Sawkille comes out with a handful of new designs that feel both surprising and relevant. This year is no different. Below, four new inspired pieces designed by Sawkille co-founder Jonah Meyer (he and his wife, Tara de Lisio, own the company) that reflect his background in fine art painting and sculpture. Photography courtesy of Sawkille. Above: The sculptural…

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Remodeling 101: How to Choose Between a Range or a Cooktop and Wall Oven in the Kitchen

Leaping (or lurching) into a kitchen remodel? If so, you’re likely about to make an important appliance decision: whether to install a range or a cooktop/wall oven combination. The good and bad news is that the options in size, configurations, and cooking functions of ranges, cooktops, and ovens are vast. This allows for better adaptability to your cooking needs and your kitchen’s physical constraints. But it also makes the selection process complicated. Here are some key questions and tips from architects and designers to help you determine which cooking setup is best for you. Made this decision recently? Please share…

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A Breakthrough for Solar Power?

A new company called Heliogen says it has developed a computer-enhanced method for concentrated solar arrays capable of producing the high temperatures needed to make cement and steel. Photo courtesy of Heliogen. A California-based startup says it has developed a new type of concentrating solar technology that can produce temperatures high enough to replace fossil fuels in industries that so far haven’t been able to make a dent in their carbon emissions. The company, Heliogen, built a demonstration array in Lancaster, California, showing off the technology and only recently made it public. Heliogen backers include Bill Gates and other well…

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Understanding NAIMA 3E Plus® Insulation Thickness Calculator

There are many tools available in the industrial insulation industry to help engineers, designers, and specifiers run calculations that are associated with insulation. One of which is the 3E Plus® tool created by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). This easy to use tool is free to download from the NAIMA website and has a wide variety of insulation options preloaded into the system based on ASTM material requirements. Perhaps one of the program’s biggest benefits is that it allows you to tailor each calculation to better represent your application by permitting the addition of specific materials that will…

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Understanding NAIMA 3E Plus®

There are many tools available in the industrial insulation industry to help engineers, designers, and specifiers run calculations that are associated with insulation. One of which is the 3E Plus® tool created by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA). This easy to use tool is free to download from the NAIMA website and has a wide variety of insulation options preloaded into the system based on ASTM material requirements. Perhaps one of the program’s biggest benefits is that it allows you to tailor each calculation to better represent your application by permitting the addition of specific materials that will…

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Understanding Economic Insulation Thickness

The thickness of thermal insulation can be determined based on two different requirements. One is the economic insulation thickness, the other is the personal protection (sheeting temperature). The basic calculations are defined in ISO 12241. Below the economic insulation thickness will be explained briefly. Click here to read this fast, easy explanation of economic thickness tables. https://news.jm.com/blog/industrial-insulation/understanding-economic-insulation-thickness

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