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Insulation Makers Win EPA Reprieve

Six months before its scheduled phase-out, a chemical used to manufacture extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation is getting the green light for continued use from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The EPA has proposed a new rule that would allow the insulation industry to continue using a hydrofluorocarbon blowing agent called HFC-134a in combination with other compounds to make XPS. That practice was to have ended on January 1, 2021 under terms of an EPA rule dating to  2015 as the government looked for ways to reduce the global warming potental (GWP) of the insulation. HFC-134a has a GWP of 1,430…

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The Best Fourth of July Mattress Deals You Can’t Miss this Summer

After a day of festivities in the mid-summer heat, you’ll need a comfortable, cool bed to recover in. Check out our 5 favorite brands running Fourth of July mattress sales, so you can save big while you celebrate. Casper Original Mattress Casper is notorious for producing some of the best memory foam mattresses on the market today. The Casper Original’s cozy feel and zoned support makes it a great choice for relieving back pain and cushioning pressure points. Grilling, swimming and hosting can take a toll which is why we recommend the Casper for your Fourth of July slumbers. Score…

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Steal This Look: A Hudson Valley Artist’s Above-the-Shop Bath

Ceramic artist Paula Greif opened her studio and shop on Warren Street in Hudson, New York, a couple of years back. The narrow storefront is topped with a 400-square-foot studio apartment, where Greif now makes her home. Renovating the building with the help of her friend Stephen Shadley (Diane Keaton’s interior designer), Greif “did everything at the lowest cost possible.” The impossibly small bathroom, too, is done on a budget, with rustic and handmade accents. Here’s a breakdown of her sources. Above: The bathroom and full upstairs studio are paneled with horizontal poplar Trim Boards from WindsorOne for a shiplap…

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Why Is Indoor Air Pollution Largely Unregulated?

When most of us think of air pollution, we typically envision big smokestacks billowing clouds of noxious gases, the smog that coats major cities, or even the smoky haze that drifts in from wildfires. However, much of the most serious air pollution that threatens our health comes not from giant power plants or freeways, but from inside our homes.Indoor air pollution comes from a variety of sources; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified building materials, furnishings, and mold as serious concerns, but much of the danger also comes from burning things. For instance, smoking cigarettes or burning wood…

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Fourth of July DIY: An Easy-Breezy Blueberry-Inspired Tablecloth by David Stark

Here’s a DIY tablecloth for Fourth of July that’s so easy that truly anyone—from kindergarteners to the arts-and-crafts-averse—can make it. Perhaps best of all? It’s blessedly understated, which means it can have a life well after the fireworks are over. You don’t need any tools (just a couple new pencils, a box, fabric, and some paint) to make this blueberries-inspired DIY tablecloth. Why blueberries? Aside from the apple, is there a more American fruit? Besides, “July is prime time for this seasonal fruit. Why not give it the 15 minutes of fame it deserves?” says David Stark, our go-to expert…

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