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The Future of Hot Water Is Heat Pumps

State and local leaders nationwide are beginning to recognize the importance of eliminating fossil fuels in newly constructed buildings. The rationale is clear: gas has an extremely limited place in our clean energy future, and it’s far more difficult, costly, and disruptive to swap out gas-consuming equipment from an existing building than it is to build without gas from the start. However, this long-term view does little to sway the developers, contractors, and housing regulators accustomed to basing their decisions on one question: what does it cost? Advocates have long worked to provide a sufficient answer to this often-complex problem.…

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The BS* + Beer Show: Siding Options With Sustainability in Mind

If there is one thing you can count on from Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan, it’s a good cocktail. The hosts of Green Architects’ Lounge didn’t disappoint when they joined the show on August 27th, and introduced us to the Paper Plane. “I used Braulio instead of Amaro Nonino,” Chris said, “but you could use almost any Italian Amaro. I also went with 1/2 oz. rather than 3/4 oz. of lemon juice, and added a dash or two of cranberry bitters that Phil made.” Yeah, that’s the kind of guys they are. After toasts, the Maine-based architects launched into the…

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EIMA’s Winners of EIFS Project Hero Awards

EIMA's Winners of EIFS Project Hero Awards | 2020-08-31 | 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…

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The Consequences of Keeping Your Home Really Cold in Summer

A long time ago, I worked at a dry cleaning shop in St. Louis. It was December, and we had a weeklong bout of super-cold weather. The temperature dropped to 0° F at night, and just got up into the teens during the day. I worked inside where the temperature was always nice and warm, but the delivery guy had to go out in the cold every day. Before the cold front came through, the daytime temperature was in the 30s and 40s Fahrenheit, and he’d go out in just a short sleeve T-shirt, pants, and shoes. When the daytime temperatures…

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Insulated from the Inside and Out

Insulated from the Inside and Out | 2020-08-25 | 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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Is “Renewable” Natural Gas Really Green?

Natural gas is a versatile fossil fuel that accounts for about a third of U.S. energy use. Although it produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants than coal or oil, natural gas is a major contributor to climate change, an urgent global problem. Reducing emissions from the natural gas system is especially challenging because natural gas is used roughly equally for electricity, heating, and industrial applications. There’s an emerging argument that maybe there could be a direct substitute for fossil natural gas in the form of renewable natural gas (RNG)—a renewable fuel designed to be nearly indistinguishable from fossil…

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