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China Brings Biomass "Farming" to Wales, England—and the Environmental Costs Will Cross the Atlantic

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 8, 2016 1:32:44 PM

With the purchase of two biomass plants in Wales, a Chinese company will control the power source for 650,000 European homes, and impact forests as far away as the U.S.

Set aside the complicated questions of biomass and air pollution for a moment. The UK has been aggressively converting coal plants to biomass for several years now, but there's a huge disconnect between this choice, and the reality of the island nation's resources. Now, a giant China-backed investment firm, SinoFortone Group, is investing big in the energy future of Europe.

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James Hardie's Improved "Hover" App Offers Special Perk for Contractors: The Lowest Available Price on Company Products

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 3, 2016 1:16:03 PM

The app can convert a 2-D photo into 3-D measurements, but the best feature may be its integration with the company's "Contractor Alliance Program."

James Hardie Building Products Inc., the leader in fiber cement siding, today announced the launch of the James Hardie 3D app, an iOS compatible application which helps replacement contractors obtain complete and accurate measurements of siding, trim, soffit and windows from smartphone photos. The app is free on iTunes, and an Android version is currently in development.

With the snap of a few photos, contractors can easily obtain exterior measurements and a 3D rendering of a home, which greatly reduces the guesswork of job estimates. And with 95 percent accuracy, it eliminates the need for manually re-measuring, saving replacement contractors time and money.

“We love the app. I was skeptical of how useful and accurate this program would be, but have found it remarkably accurate,” said Paul Trautmann, owner of Timberland Exteriors, Inc. in Stillwater, Minnesota.

The app allows users to interchange exterior design elements like windows, as well as more than 20 James Hardie ColorPlus® Technology colors, so replacement contractors can give clients an instant visual of their home. With a 360-degree view, users can inspect every element of a home for a preview of the final product.

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Infographic: 10 Ways for Landlords to Save Energy, Water and Money

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 7, 2015 9:13:24 AM

These green ideas also help tenants, who get to live in a more comfortable home, with lower utility bills and cleaner indoor air quality.

 

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View Dynamic Glass Wows the Greenbuild Crowd

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 20, 2015 3:16:38 PM

WIt's not by accident that people are stopping to gawk at this smart glass display at this year's Greenbuild, in Washington, D.C.

Smart glass just got a lot bigger, and View, a maker of dynamic glass, wants that fact to be as transparent as possible. At the Greenbuild show this week, they rolled out several sheets of the high-tech glass, measuring 6 ft. x 10 ft., the largest dynamic glass ever made available commercially.

Manufactured at View’s facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi, the giant-sized glazings allows architects and designers to create expansive facades, while meeting building energy codes and standards.

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Research: Urban Gardens—Even in Toxic Soils—Generally Deliver Safe, Edible Fruits & Berries

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 18, 2015 6:43:14 PM

The report is good news for the urban farming movement.

A new study of urban "foraging" was triggered recently, when a student who liked to forage for fresh fruit in the Boston area found high lead levels in a blood test. A team of researchers from Wellesley College and Boston’s League of Urban Canners (LUrC). An article by CivilEats.com does a nice job summarizing the results:

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