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Green New Deal: Just As Dangerous As Climate Denial?

Eliminating the use of fossil fuels is only one of the objectives of the Green New Deal. Job creation and security, an end to oppression, and infrastructure repairs also are part of the overly ambitious roadmap. Photo: BrotherMagneto/Flickr We seem to be caught between extremes: dangerous climate denial and Green New Deal fantasyland. Both sides are engaging in potentially perilous self-deception. The Green New Deal (GND) rightfully addresses the key issue of our era: how are we going to drastically reduce or eliminate most human-caused greenhouse gas emissions? But while the GND presents high sounding general principles, it has almost…

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Pete’s Products: Tstuds

High performance exterior walls typically handle thermal bridging at framing members in one of two ways—either the building is wrapped in some thickness of continuous rigid insulation outside of the sheathing or the home is framed with staggered, double-stud walls. Each of these two approaches has drawbacks. Window installation is more complicated. There are new details for carpenters to master in terms of managing structural and hygrothermal loads. And these options are also more expensive than conventionally built and insulated walls. Enter inventor Brian Iverson and the Tstud. Tstuds are an alternative to solid 2×6 framing lumber. Tstuds can be…

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Energy Code Development Begins: Commercial Proposals

This article is the second of a two-part series. To read about residential code proposals, click here. With millions of commercial and apartment buildings in the United States, an improved model building energy code can make a significant difference when it comes to reducing energy waste, saving owners and tenants money on their utility bills, and avoiding power plant pollution. Updating the code also is a critical policy tool for states, counties, and cities working to stave off the worst impacts of the climate crisis. That’s why code officials, builders, energy efficiency advocates, and others met last month in Albuquerque…

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Minnesota Homestead: Why We Built an Energy Efficient Home

A desire for a more authentic American Dream prompted a family to leave New York and return to the Midwest where they could build an energy efficient home. [Photo credit: Tracee Vetting Wolf and Matt Vetting.] Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of posts describing the construction of a net-zero energy house in Rochester, Minnesota, by Tracee Vetting Wolf, Matt Vetting and their son Max. The family returned to the Midwest from New York and in December 2016 found a 27-acre parcel of rural land where they could build their new home. You can find their complete…

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Product Focus on Ceilings

Product Focus on Ceilings | 2019-07-01 | 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…

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Not All Open Door Policies are Created Equal

Not All Open Door Policies are Created Equal | 2019-07-01 | 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…

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