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Rising Sea Levels Deepen Miami’s Social Divide

This post originally appeared at Yale E360. There is an inescapable truth about life in South Florida: This low-lying region is set to be swallowed by the sea. An array of powers—municipal, state, federal, and private—have begun to plan and borrow and spend to defend Miami and its environs. But as sea levels steadily rise, the porous limestone rock its residents walk on every day means there is no stopping the Atlantic Ocean. The sea at the southern end of the Florida Peninsula has risen a foot since the 1900s, and almost 5 inches since 1993. The ocean reclaims chunks…

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The BS* + Beer Show: Permanent Wood Foundations (PWFs)

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features guests Mike Guertin and Jake Bruton talking about Permanent Wood Foundations (PWFs), a.k.a. “All-Weather Wood Foundations”—their construction, conditions for use, insulating details, modern-day viability, and more. Interestingly, their first documented use was in 1937. When that building was lifted to be relocated, its wood foundation was in excellent shape; it is still standing today beneath a functioning office building—a testament to the system’s durability and longevity. Having built a number of PWFs over the years, Mike presents an unbiased overview of the assembly method, describing a few of the projects he…

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EIFS Hero Awards: Call for Entries

EIFS Hero Awards: Call for Entries | 2020-10-15 | 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 certain cookies to…

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Wildfires Leave Toxic Drinking Water Behind

Partway through the 2020 wildfire season, fires are burning large swaths of the western U.S. As in previous years, these disasters have entered populated areas, damaging drinking water networks. Water systems have lost pressure, potentially sucking in pollutants, and several utilities are warning of possible and confirmed chemical contamination. We are environmental engineers who help communities affected by disasters, including support for responses to the 2017 Tubbs Fire and 2018 Camp Fire in California. As we concluded in a recently published study of burned areas, communities need to upgrade building codes to keep wildfires from causing widespread contamination of drinking…

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Huntsman Building Solutions Receives 2020 Gold Innovation Award

Huntsman Building Solutions Receives 2020 Gold Innovation Award | 2020-10-12 | 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 certain…

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The BS* + Beer Show: Diagnostic Tools

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features guests Doug Horgan and Randy Williams talking about building diagnostic tools. Doug get things rolling with an entertaining and edifying homemade game. Using a thermal camera, a pinless meter, and a pin meter, he demonstrates the importance of understanding not only the tools themselves but also the materials being tested. Despite 30 years in the field, Doug freely admits to making ongoing mistakes but values the ways in which new technologies and software help him arrive at problem-solving information faster than the naked eye. Randy shares a building-science mystery that we…

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