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Owens Corning Awarded 2021 “Manufacturing Leadership Award” for Environmental Sustainability Innovation

Owens Corning Awarded 2021 “Manufacturing Leadership Award” for Environmental Sustainability Innovation | 2021-08-24 | 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…

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Lighter Pavement Really Does Cool Cities

When heat waves hit, people start looking for anything that might lower the temperature. One solution is right beneath our feet: pavement. Think about how hot the soles of your shoes can get when you’re walking on dark pavement or asphalt. A hot street isn’t just hot to touch—it also raises the surrounding air temperature. Research shows that building lighter-colored, more reflective roads has the potential to lower air temperatures by more than 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.4 C) and, in the process, reduce the frequency of heat waves by 41% across U.S. cities. But reflective surfaces have to be used…

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A Reliable Source

A Reliable Source | 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 work and uses other cookies…

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Zonal Pressure Diagnostics, Part II

This article was originally published by the HVAC School; it has been slightly edited. It is the second in a three-part series. In Part 1 of this series, I outlined the basic understanding of Zonal Pressure Diagnostics (ZPD)—what it means and what it does. Most importantly, I showed how an effort to simplify a fairly complex testing procedure turned it into a wildly inaccurate part of testing in the building performance industry. In this second part, I will establish a logical starting point for the ZPD testing process and dig a little deeper into its core. In Part 1, I…

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Reducing Embodied Carbon in Buildings

Buildings account for at least 39% of energy-related global carbon emissions on an annual basis. At least one-quarter of these emissions result from embodied carbon, or the carbon emissions associated with building materials and construction. The solutions for addressing embodied carbon in buildings have not been widely studied in the United States, leaving a significant knowledge gap for engineers, architects, contractors, policymakers, and building owners. Further, there is little information about the cost-effectiveness of reducing embodied carbon in buildings. A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute, Reducing Embodied Carbon in Buildings: Low-Cost, High-Value Opportunities, helps fill this knowledge gap.…

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The BS* + Beer Show: Book Club With Martin Holladay

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features former GBA editor Martin Holladay, along with several of our regular audience members and returning guests Kyle Macht and Carl Seville discussing Martin’s book, Musings of an Energy Nerd. There’s talk of the drawbacks of Passive House certification, the move toward renewable energy, the urgency of the climate crisis, the “fatal flaw” of the net-zero energy movement, the feasibility of carbon-negative builds, vapor barriers (of course!), and the importance of loving your house design. Enjoy the show! [embedded content] Join us on September 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. EST for…

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