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SIPS: A Panel That Meets the Needs of Homebuyer’s

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Why Solar Canopies on Parking Lots is a Smart Green Move

This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. Fly into Orlando, Florida, and you may notice a 22-acre solar power array in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head in a field just west of Disney World. Nearby, Disney also has a 270-acre solar farm of conventional design on former orchard and forest land. Park your car in any of Disney’s 32,000 parking spaces, on the other hand, and you won’t see a canopy overhead generating solar power (or providing shade)—not even if you snag one of the preferred spaces for which visitors pay up to $50 a day. This is…

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Kitchen Renovation

In this episode of Job-Site Diaries, remodeler Josh Oduin walks us through his plans for renovating an outdated 1990s kitchen. They include making cabinets more accessible, using modern materials, and moving the cooktop and range hood to a better location. More on kitchen remodels: 10 Things to Consider When Remodeling a Kitchen An updated kitchen can add value and functionality to a house, but the remodeling process can feel daunting. Considering these 10 items early on can help ensure a more successful and speedy remodel. Kitchen Renovation—From Concept to Completion Designer John Kelsey explains his firm’s approach to renovating this…

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Collaboration Aims to Get More Skilled Labor Into Construction

An organization that offers online training and another that promotes vocational training and job placement have announced a joint effort designed to expand the pool of skilled labor in the residential construction industry. The collaboration is between the Building Talent Foundation, a non-profit based in Washington, D.C., and M.T. Copeland Technologies, a startup launched in 2020 that markets online courses on topics ranging from cabinetry and drywall to deck-building and plumbing. By combining their specialties, the two organizations hope to give aspiring workers in the construction trades a better shot of landing a job while providing construction companies better access…

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Climate Action: Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle

Lloyd Alter, architect and prolific blogger at Treehugger, has a new book. Titled Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle, the book is an exploration of what it takes to live within a pretty strict carbon budget. That means tracking the carbon emissions impact of everything he does: what he eats, how he travels, what he wears, the electronic devices he buys, and more. But it was his subtitle that really grabbed my attention: Why Individual Climate Action Matters More Than Ever. For the past few years, I’ve been with the crowd that believes individual action can’t solve this problem. Without big…

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Exploring the “Dark Side” of Solar Power

Getting to an all-renewable grid in the U.S. by 2050 is a critical component of achieving the world’s climate goals. Solar energy will be a crucial contributor to that effort. But, there is a “dark side” to solar power and it is increasingly in the news based on a variety of theoretical calculations. The dark side includes the need to trash millions of used, outdated solar panels in landfills. It includes the problem of intermittency, which occurs because solar often produces the most energy when demand is low. And it includes covering tens of thousands of acres of potentially usable…

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