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Insulation Contractors Choose Fiberglass as a Fast, Safe & Sustainable Insulation for Today’s Homes & Businesses

Insulation Contractors Choose Fiberglass as a Fast, Safe & Sustainable Insulation for Today’s Homes & Businesses 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…

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Cooling With Solar Energy

We associate radiative energy with heat, as in the case of as sun rays warming a winter greenhouse. Now imagine sunlight used for cooling. Contrary to our everyday experience, researchers at SkyCool Systems have patented the technology to turn bright, broad daylight into a renewable source for air conditioning. According to the company, their cooling panels reflect heat toward the sky and beyond the atmosphere. The system works only during the day and performs best in hot, sunny climates, such as Southern California. Unlike heat pumps, air conditioning units, or standard solar arrays that contribute to the heat-island effect, the…

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Air-Sealing a Net-Zero Assembly

Beyond managing water intrusion, air barriers are really the second most important things that we need to get right in our homes, in terms of energy efficiency, comfort, durability, and health. Josh Salinger of Birdsmouth Design-Build of Portland, Ore., talks about air-sealing details around two areas on his current net-zero-energy assembly—the top plate and the bottom plate—and some quick methods to create a durable and continuous air barrier that can impact your blower-door scores and make for a healthier, better-built building. https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/air-sealing-a-net-zero-assembly

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The BS* + Beer Show: Addressing the Climate Crisis

This episode of the BS* + Beer show is a conversation with Dr. Jonathan Foley, executive director of Drawdown, which he describes as a multi-pronged effort to get to “a moment in time” when greenhouse gas emissions begin to go down. He identifies six major sources of emissions, and says we have two responsibilities: 1. Bring the sources of gases to absolute zero, i.e. “turn off the pollution,” and 2. Support naturally occurring carbon sinks. He discusses the role of energy efficiency in drawdown, and looks at the construction industry’s contribution to emissions, namely the manufacturing and use of concrete,…

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Study Finds OSB Sheathing Not a Reliable Air Barrier

Recent tests by a building science research firm have backed up anecdotal evidence that at least some brands of oriented strand board (OSB) sheathing are too leaky to be considered effective air barriers. The work was carried out by RDH Building Science Inc., a research and consulting company. The results were shared in a mid-August podcast led by Jonathan Smegal, a senior project manager at RDH. Smegal and his colleagues tested samples of OSB, plywood, and the popular coated OSB sheathing made by Huber—Zip System—to determine whether the materials could technically be considered air barriers. Can builders and designers rely…

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Waiting for Super Men

Waiting for Super Men | 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 uses other…

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