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European Court Rebuffs Critics of Wood Pellets

The European Court of Justice has thrown out a challenge to a renewable energy policy that encourages the use of compressed wood pellets for utility-scale power generation, ruling that the group behind the petition didn’t have the legal standing to bring the claim. The group, the Partnership for Policy Integration (PFPI), filed its petition with the Luxembourg-based court last year, arguing that the inclusion of wood pellets in the European Union’s Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) was a threat to both forests and climate. Millions of tons of wood pellets sourced from U.S. forests are burned annually in Europe and…

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Coronavirus and the Fragility of Auto-Centric Cities

The coronavirus has exposed the ills of continued automobile-centric urban planning practices that adversely impact equity, health, and the climate. Those of us who are working from home, own an automobile, and can conveniently make grocery runs may overlook the fact that many in this country are not so lucky. Many households rely on public transit systems that are struggling to provide service, or they may bear high transportation costs that are exacerbated by a lack of access to the most critical of needs. There is no technological solution that will solve the systemic problems with our urban land use…

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To Cut Carbon Emissions, a Movement Grows to ‘Electrify Everything’

On March 24, just before the city council of Santa Cruz, California, passed an emergency measure to prevent evictions of renters suffering from lost income during the coronavirus pandemic, it adopted another new ordinance: effective July 1, all construction permit applications for new buildings in the city must submit a declaration that their designs are “Natural Gas-Free.” With that vote, Santa Cruz became the 30th city or county in California to enact a measure limiting or prohibiting the use of natural gas in new construction. It was just the latest in a string of victories for the “electrify everything” movement,…

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Rainscreen Details for a Board-and-Batten Retrofit

One thing on Drew Goldsack’s spring cleaning punch list this year is removing the vinyl siding from his Alberta home and replacing it with cedar board-and-batten siding. As he explains in this Q&A post, the plan is to install 1 1/2-inch Comfortboard mineral wool insulation, a rain-screen drainage mat, then horizontal 1×4 furring strips before adding the yellow cedar siding. His initial question concerns the fasteners he should use to make sure the siding stays put. “I have been unable to find a local building code that specs fastener penetration for cedar board and batten (3/4″ thick boards and approx.…

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The BS* + Beer Show: Making Concrete More Sustainable

We’ve all heard it, and Bruce King confirms it in his presentation, concrete is responsible for 8% of global green house gas emissions. Concrete includes a number of ingredients, like sand and water and aggregates. The main carbon culprit is the Portland Cement, the glue that gives most common concrete its strength. In this episode of the BS* + Beer Show our panelists— Bruce King, Bruce King PE and author of The New Carbon Architecture, Christie Gamble of CarbonCure, and Trevor Acorn, PE, engineer at Walter P. Moore—discuss the possibilities of making concrete more sustainable from using less of it, to using it as a…

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CEU Webinar: Looking to Learn More About Acoustics and Stone Wool Insulation?

CEU Webinar: Looking to Learn More About Acoustics and Stone Wool Insulation? | 2020-05-15 | 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…

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