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U.S. Team Wins Solar Decathlon Middle East

Virginia Tech’s entry, FutureHAUS Dubai, emerged as the winner in the inaugural Solar Decathlon Middle East last month, outscoring entries from 14 other groups. In an announcement, the university said the project was the result of years of research and development and relied on the contributions of more than 100 students and faculty members. Virginia Tech prevailed despite a warehouse fire that destroyed an early prototype and wiped out years of work, forcing the team to start from scratch in early 2017. The U.S. Department of Energy launched the Solar Decathlon competition in 2002 to encourage collegiate teams to design…


Forest Management and Wildfires

President Donald Trump’s recent comments blaming forest managers for catastrophic California wildfires have been met with outrage and ridicule from the wildland fire and forestry community. Not only were these remarks insensitive to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in California, they also reflected a muddled understanding of the interactions between wildfire and forest management. As scientists who study forest policy and community-based collaboration, here is how we understand this relationship. Fire is a natural hazard In cases like the Camp Fire in Northern California, where low humidity, dry vegetation, hot temperatures, and high winds have created extreme fire conditions, there is…


Top 5 Blogs of 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, we’re taking a look at your favorite blogs from 2018. Below is a list of our 5 most popular blogs from the last year. 5.Considerations for Thin Blanket Insulations: Not all thin blankets are created equal, and we dive into precisely why in this blog. Read on for key details you need to keep in mind before selecting or specifying a thin blanket insulation material. 4. Mechanisms of Corrosion Inhibitors & How They Work: Earlier this year, we completed more long-term corrosion under insulation testing, and got a better look at how the XOX…


EIA lifts US crude oil production forecast for 2019

In its October Short-Term Energy Outlook, the US Energy Information Administration forecast that US crude oil production will average 11.8 million b/d in 2019, which is 300,000 b/d higher than the forecast in its September STEO. The higher production forecast reflects higher-than-expected increases to Texas and North Dakota production in July, revising upwards the baseline of the forecast, and a response to higher forecast prices. Current global market Both Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices reached 4-year highs on Oct. 3. Crude oil prices rose in anticipation of potentially steep declines in Iranian crude oil production and exports…


10 Construction Industry Trends in 2018 That Will Carry Over Into 2019

Halfway through 2018, it is time to look at the construction industry trends and predictions and see which ones are shaping up. Keeping on top of new and emerging trends in the construction industry not only helps keep your company from falling behind, but it helps you prepare for the future. This year has been an interesting year, with many changes to supply routes and technology. With the continuing growth and evolution of the construction industry, companies must stay up-to-date if they want to remain competitive. Here are 10 construction industry trends in 2018 that will carry into 2019. Click…


U.S. Insulation Market to Hit $10.4 Billion in 2019 – Global Insulation Industry 2020 Forecasts in New Research Reports

Market research reports titled Insulation to 2019 (focused on US) and Global Insulation Industry Report 2015 are the latest addition to manufacturing and construction business intelligence collection of ReportsnReports.com. Complete report on US insulation market spread across 353 pages, profiling 35 insulation companies and supported with 64 tables and 10 charts is now available at http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/426155-insulation-to-2019.html . US demand for insulation is forecast to rise 7.0 percent annually through 2019 to $10.4 billion in 2019. Resurgent building construction activity will boost insulation demand, aided by the adoption of more stringent building codes such as the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code…

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