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The BS* + Beer Show: Choosing and Using Water-Resistive Barriers

Our panelists on last week’s *building science show were builders Jake Bruton and Ben Bogie who have over a half-century of combined experience choosing and using water-resistive barriers (WRBs) for the high-performance homes they build in Columbia, MO and Portland, ME, respectively. Before we opened the episode to a free-flowing Q&A and conversation full of real-world insights from our panelists, I gave a short presentation to establish the basics of WRBs. Based on the articles I researched and wrote last year, I discussed the role many of today’s WRBs can play in our wall assemblies, which often is more than water management…

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Understanding Filter Ratings: MERV, FPR, and MPR

MERV is one of the three main rating scales for filter efficiency As much as I’ve written about filters and filtration in this blog, I have to confess there’s one aspect of filter efficiency I’ve resisted learning about. Every article I’ve written that mentions filter efficiency talks about only one rating scale: Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV). A couple of other scales are in common use, too, but I just didn’t want to know anything about them because I buy and recommend MERV rated filters. But I took the plunge recently, and here’s what I found out about the three…

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Renewable Energy Expected to Eclipse Coal This Year

Protesters outside the Yorktown Power Station in Virginia that once burned an average of 2200 tons of coal per day to generate electricity. The two coal-burning units at the Dominion Energy plant were closed last year, part of a long decline that has seen more than 200 coal plants shuttered in the last decade. Photo courtesy ChesapeakeClimate / CC BY-SA / Flickr. Hundreds of coal-fired power plants went off line in the last decade while renewable energy continued to gain ground and for the first time this year, renewables will provide more electricity than coal, according to a new forecast…

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The BS* + Beer Show: The Benefits of Bio-Based Building Materials

If you come to GBA because climate issues matter to you and as a building professional, DIYer, and/or homeowner, you know that where you can make an impact is in how we design, build, remodel, and even live in our homes, this is the The BS* + Beer Show episode for you. Our panelists are builder Jacob Racusin, author and Endeavour Centre director Chris Magwood, and architect David Arkin. After each gave an inspiring presentation, they answered questions from our live participants. Use the comment section below to keep the conversation alive.  Enjoy! [embedded content] The next show is Thursday, May 28…

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Help Needed – Section 25C Stimulus Letter

Help Needed - Section 25C Stimulus Letter | 2020-05-21 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo 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…

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Metl-Span Insulated Metal Panels Needed!

Florida City Government Facility Calls for Metl-Span Insulated Metal Panels | 2020-05-21 | Walls & CeilingsWalls & Ceilings logoWalls & Ceilings logo 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…

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