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Construction in the Pandemic Age

Homemade fabric mask from my crafty spouse. As green building consultants and verifiers, we are intimately involved in single family and multifamily projects through the entire construction cycle. Fortunately for us, and much of the industry, construction has not been hit as hard (yet) as other industries, many of which came to a sudden dead stop in the last few weeks. Being able to work, however, does not keep us from being concerned about our employee’s health and well being when they are on job site. We are currently not working in any occupied buildings and are establishing policies on…


Insulation National Policy Conference Cancelled

Insulation National Policy Conference Cancelled | 2020-04-08 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo 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…


10 Easy Pieces: Kids’ Stools for the Bath

For reaching grown-up-sized countertops and sinks, here are 10 kids’ stools for the bathroom, good-looking and versatile enough for other uses around the house. Above: The Liewood Ulla Step Stool, shown in Green Faune, is made of a blend of bamboo fiber and melamine; $53.95 at Scandiborn. The stool is also available in Mustard and Dumbo Grey. Above: The HAY Solid Oak Butler Step Stool is $395 at MoMA Design Store. Above: Available through MARCH, the Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. Step Stool is a short step up (7.5 inches) and is available in six different finishes of white oak…


Why Are People Still Using Open-Combustion Water Heaters?

There can be a lot of negative pressure at the return plenum of the furnace or air handler which can easily cause backdrafting of an atmospherically-vented water heater installed nearby. John Straube, one of my favorite building science comedians, describes atmospherically-vented water heaters as “faith-based ventilation,” a description I use regularly in my presentations, always with appropriate credit given. While an amusing description, it is also quite accurate, particularly when these appliances are installed in homes with well-sealed building envelopes. Since atmospherically-vented water heaters rely on convection from hot air rising in the flue to remove all the combustion gases…


How to Paint a Vinyl Garage Door | This Old House: Live

Project details Skill 1 out of 5 Easy Cost $60 and up Estimated Time 3-4 hours Steps for Painting a Vinyl Garage Door: Start by cleaning the garage door with a cleaning solution of water and a small amount of a cleaning detergent. Scrub the door clean and then hose it down with water. Allow the door to dry before moving on. Protect the surrounding area with painter’s tape and drop cloths. The drop cloth will prevent any paint from spilling onto the driveway, and the painter’s tape can be used to protect the rubber gasket along the edges of…


Pandemic Deflates U.S. Solar Industry

The return of good weather should mark the start of the peak season for U.S. solar installers, but the coronavirus pandemic is giving potential customers cold feet. Bloomberg Green reports that even homeowners who had already agreed to buy or lease solar panels are backing out, and second-quarter earnings may dip by 48% when compared to the same quarter last year, according to Morgan Stanley. Its report projects 28% lower volume in the third quarter, and 17% less in the fourth quarter when compared to the same periods a year ago. The pandemic has forced millions of workers off their…

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