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Big Data Gains Traction with Contractors

Big Data Gains Traction with Contractors | 2019-03-01 | 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…

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Demilec Spray Foam Named Year’s Best Green Building Product

A closed-cell spray foam with lower greenhouse gas emissions than conventional formulations has been named best green product of the year at the International Builders' Show. [Image credit: Green Solutions Insulation / CC BY-SA] A spray polyurethane foam using a next-generation blowing agent that lowers the foam’s greenhouse gas emissions has been named the “best green building product” at this year’s International Builders’ Show. An announcement from the National Association of Home Builders, which sponsors the annual industry gathering, named a total of 10 products in its Best of IBS Awards. They included Andersen Windows (best in show), solar shingles…

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A Promising Start for Cleaner Buildings in California

Energy upgrades such as heat-pump water heaters are part of a plan in California to reduce carbon emissions from buildings. Currently, about 90% of the state's water heaters and furnaces run on natural gas or propane. [Image credit: Rheem] The California Utilities Commission has now launched the process for implementing a new law to make the state’s homes more climate-friendly and affordable to heat. The commission is also considering other broad measures aimed at decarbonizing California’s buildings. The focus on buildings is necessary and arguably overdue. California recently set a goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2045, and the state…

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Government Earmarks $11.5 Million for Building Research

The Department of Energy will spend $11.5 million on 16 research projects aimed at improving the energy performance of building envelopes and HVAC systems in U.S. homes. The Building America Industry Partnerships will underwrite research in three broad categories: advanced residential envelope and HVAC systems, fault analysis for residential HVAC systems, and how building industry standards affect energy performance. The announcement came from the Building Technologies Office (BTO), which is part of the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy. The average American household spends more than $2,000 a year on energy bills, with U.S. homes accounting…

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Green Tech and Rare Earth Elements

More aggressive recycling programs for discarded electronics would help recover the rare earth metals that allow them to operate. In contrast to the European Union, the U.S. has no laws that require manufacturers to accept these goods for recycling. [Image credit: George Hotelling / CC BY-SA / Flickr.] This post originally appeared at Ensia. The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change argued that we must cut global emissions in half by 2030 in order to meet the goal of keeping global warming to 1.5ºC as agreed to in Paris in 2015 at the Conference of the…

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In the Growing Trend Toward Water-resistance, What Are My Insulating Options?

Corrosion under insulation (CUI) is a hot-button issue for the industrial industry, and rightfully so. Studies have shown that CUI is the cause of 40-60% of the money spent on piping maintenance in the oil and gas industry1. That’s no small sum, and that’s why many minds throughout the industry are working to find new solutions to help prevent or inhibit corrosion. This has often been done through finding methods to prevent water from contacting the surface of the pipe, like pipe coatings or water-resistant insulations. Water is frequently an integral component to pipe corrosion, thus inhibiting water contact can…

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