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Add Efficiency to Your Commercial HVAC System with These Small Changes

The average commercial building attributes 40% of its energy costs to heating, cooling, and ventilation, according to estimates from the US Department of Energy. For the typical office building, that equates to 7.5% of its annual operating expenses, on average. Finding efficiencies in your facility’s HVAC system can result in significant savings on operating costs. But it can also yield even bigger returns in non-energy benefits. Improvements in comfort, indoor air quality, and equipment reliability can all be achieved with HVAC maintenance and upgrades. No matter your industry, by improving your HVAC equipment you’ll find a way to improve your…

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The Curious Case of the Imploding Windows

In 2008, a Dutchman named L. Korn found himself in Toronto buying windows for a house he was building back in the Netherlands. Unavailable at the time in Europe, the quad-pane insulated glass he wanted could be ordered from a Canadian manufacturer, and Korn was ready to do business. Korn placed an order for 193 insulated glass units — just the glass, no frames — with Eco Insulating Glass Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario in April 2009. The $40,400 order went to a warehouse in New York and from there was shipped by sea to his house in the Netherlands. Carpenters…

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ACH Foam Technologies Delivers Quality and Value to the Commercial Building Industry

ACH Foam Technologies Delivers Quality and Value to the Commercial Building Industry | 2018-11-13 | 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…

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Let’s Mine Our Landfills

This post originally appeared at Ensia. The car tires were abundant and easy to spot. As were newspapers, made from trees with tough cell walls. Then there were tons of soil, aged and packed with decomposed garbage from the 1980s, when Madonna belted out “We are living in a material world, and I am a material girl,” and Star Wars brought us a future that didn’t seem to include trash cans anywhere. At the closed Perdido Landfill in Escambia County, Florida, they’re digging into the past to eliminate old garbage that could contaminate groundwater and to clear space for future…

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Using Hydrophobicity & Hybrids in the Battle Against CUI

It may be tempting to assume that utilizing a hydrophobic blanket insulation, like InsulThin® HT or silica aerogel blankets, will be sufficient to address CUI, but it’s important to remember that hydrophobicity is not a panacea solution for CUI. While hydrophobic treatments do help prevent water from penetrating into the system, most hydrophobic treatments are silicone-based additives that are organic in nature. As such, these types of silicone-based hydrophobic treatments begin to burn off around 450°F and have an upper temperature limit of 600°F. When exposed to these temperatures, silicone-based hydrophobic treatments will burn off and become ineffective. For systems…

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Exploring Insulation Materials: Microporous Insulation

Microporous insulation is a composite material in the form of compacted powder or fibers with an average interconnecting pore size comparable to or below the mean free path of air molecules at standard atmospheric pressure. Microporous insulation may contain opacifiers to reduce the amount of radiant heat transmitted. The resulting blend of materials and pore structure produces a thermal insulation with extremely low thermal conductivity across a broad temperature range. The Microporous core material is completely inorganic, making it non-combustible and suitable for passive fire protection applications. Read more about the different kinds and forms of microporous insulation.  https://news.jm.com/blog/industrial-insulation/exploring-insulation-materials-microporous-insulation

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