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The BS* + Beer Show: Heating With Wood

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features Albie Barden, John Siegenthaler, and Patrick McCombe discussing the topic “Heating With Wood.” The conversation revolves around making the most efficient use of wood as a fuel source. Albie makes a solid case for masonry heaters as the cleanest and healthiest form of wood heat. He explains how they function, why they provide stable temperatures, and their DIY appeal. John shares his deep expertise as a mechanical engineer purporting the science and application of modern hydronic heating systems. He stresses the importance of thermal storage (which he describes as a BTU…

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Gypsum Area Separation Firewalls

Gypsum Area Seperation Firewalls | 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…

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In Boost for Renewables, Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is on the Rise

This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. The twin smokestacks of the Moss Landing Power Plant tower over Monterey Bay. Visible for miles along this picturesque stretch of the Northern California coast, the 500-ft.-tall pillars crown what was once California’s largest electric power station—a behemoth natural gas-fired generator. Today, as California steadily moves to decarbonize its economy, those stacks are idle and the plant is largely mothballed. The site is about to begin a new life as the world’s largest battery, storing excess energy when solar panels and wind farms are producing electricity and feeding it back into the…

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The BS* + Beer Show: Craftsmanship and Building Science

This episode of the BS* + Beer show features Nick Schiffer, Tyler Grace, and John Houlihan discussing the idea of craftsmanship in conjunction with building science. They address the push and pull between building performance and aesthetic appeal, the challenge of “selling” energy efficiency/occupant comfort, and the role of real estate professionals in making that value understood. There’s talk of building science as craft, i.e. the skill required to detail houses to perform optimally—arguably the craftsperson’s ultimate responsibility. The takeaway: If you build a house to last and make it good-looking, it will stand the test of time because it…

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DAP Unveils New High-Performance Spray Foam Kits with Low GWP

DAP Unveils New High-Performance Spray Foam Kits with Low GWP | 2021-01-15 | 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…

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FAQ: Adding a Capillary Break to the Footing

Q: Should the top of a concrete footing be treated to prevent moisture from wicking up from the soil into the foundation walls? Aren’t the perimeter drains enough? The practice of adding a capillary break to the top of a concrete footing before forming and placing the foundation walls is apparently not universal and is not required by code. But building scientists, researchers, and well-informed builders all recommend it. Capillary action, a more elegant way of saying wicking, is the movement of a liquid through gaps in a solid material. Water can, in fact, rise to some amazing heights as…

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