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The BS* + Beer Show: A Look at Refrigerants

This episode of the BS* + Beer show is a discussion around refrigerants with Jon Harrod, owner of Snug Planet, and Bryan Orr, founder of the HVAC School. Jon shares an information-rich 10-minute presentation that includes a brief history of refrigerant transitions. Topics of conversation include: how refrigerants work in a closed system; specifics of R-410A, HFCs, and “short-lived climate pollutants;” the mission to make HVAC equipment self-contained and leak proof; storing refrigerants; latent heat evaporization and condensation; the idea of using ammonia and propane to replace current and yet-to-come refrigerants; CO2 as a refrigerant; and a bevy of ideas…


Current Obsessions: Thanksgiving Preparations

London openings, small shifts to make, an artful revamp of the most humdrum household essential, a couple of early holiday sales, and more this pre-Thanksgiving weekend: Above: A corner in autumnal tones from Creative Flow: A Novelist’s Elegant Pied-a-Terre by Colombe Studio. Photograph by Kasia Gatkowska, courtesy of Colombe Studio. Going on at Town House (5 Fournier Street, London): “A Step Inside”, an exhibit of Eleanor Crow’s quiet paintings of London shops, kitchens, interiors, and still lifes; on view now through December 5th. Also open in London: Rose Uniacke’s new fabrics shop at 103 Pimlico Road. Margot and Fan have been…


Mitigate the Industry’s Labor Shortage With Forward-Thinking Construction Practices

Mitigate the Industry’s Labor Shortage With Forward-Thinking Construction Practices | 2021-11-19 | 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…


Shopper’s Diary: Old Faithful Opens a Second Vancouver Outpost

Vancouver’s Old Faithful Shop is named for its reliably well-made household goods and old-fashioned attentive service. Owner Walter Manning was born to his trade: his grandparents on both sides, and their parents before them, all ran general stores that served as community hubs. “I grew up in their backrooms and whether it was hereditary or through osmosis, I didn’t have much of a choice but to follow suit.” Rather than focus on humble basics, however, Walter has an eye for contemporary Japanese and Scandinavian design: furniture, lighting, tableware, and kitchen tools that elevate the everyday. We’ve been avidly browsing his…


Can Minimalism and 5 Kids Co-Exist? A Design Couple’s Child-Friendly, Clutter-Free Home

When most of us see a blank wall, our urge is to cover it—with photos, posters, art, or color. But in the inviting home of Maria and Paul Le Mesurier, the founders of UK furniture company WoodEdit (see our story about it here), there is not a hint of wall art to be found, nor is there much color. “I can never see the point of using lots of different shades of paint,” Maria, who acts as the brand’s creative director, tells us. “Every hour of every day of every season, the light changes all the time, so the white…


Defunct Landfills Offer New Opportunities for Solar Farms

The more than 10,000 closed or inactive landfills around the U.S. are ideal for developing more solar energy but remain an underused resource, a new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) says. Devoid of trees and other obstructions, landfills have good solar exposure, and turning them into solar farms would help municipalities meet renewable energy goals. Nationally, the amount of potential solar energy from these sites could be significant, the report says, enough to power 7.8 million homes. Turning closed landfills into active solar farms, however, is not common practice. Closed landfills are big enough for an estimated 63…

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