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Climate Update: Are We Making Progress?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 11, 2014 2:36:39 PM

There has been surprisingly scant news this week about the COP20 climate meetings that are taking place in Lima, but the fragments of intelligence passed along to me by colleagues in attendance indicate that hopes remain high that negotiators are making progress towards a global climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Proper Installation of APA Rated Sheathing for Roof Applications

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 11, 2014 11:41:28 AM

Check out this informative entry on sheathing for roof applications available on the APA builders' tips page. Downloadable pdfs on this and other subjects are available.

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Eco-Friendly Finishes: Making Exterior Paint Last

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 11, 2014 11:07:32 AM

UNFORTUNATELY, PAINTING YOUR home is not a green activity. Why? Because products such as acrylic latex have a very high embodied energy—producing them takes a toll on the environment. It’s key, therefore, to maximize paint durability. You might think that switching to vinyl siding is a more “permanent” solution, but vinyl products come with a different set of environmental drawbacks. There’s no perfect solution. You can, however, take several steps to make sure your finishes last as long as possible on your new siding. Old siding is a bigger challenge, but in general, the same rules apply.

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Eco-Friendly Finishes: What's on the Surface Counts

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 10, 2014 3:42:00 PM

PAINTS AND ADHESIVES in the United States have come a long away. They no longer contain lead or other heavy metals. Most contain only a fraction of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) they did ten years ago. Oil-based (alkyd) paints have largely been replaced by water-based latex products. But the conversion hasn’t always been smooth, and it’s far too early to declare “mission accomplished.”

Some of the first brands of ultra low-VOC products got a bad rap a few years ago. These new paints were not as stable, harder to apply and almost impossible to find. They set back the transition to “green” paint, especially among contractors.

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How to Keep Your Wood Stove Clean, Efficient, Safe

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 9, 2014 5:39:53 PM

As winter rolls in and the temperature drops across the U.S., it’s time for many to fire up their wood stoves. That means it’s also time to clean your wood stove, in every sense of the word. From a literal scrub of the glass-ceramic front to choosing cleaner-burning wood to using a modern woodstove with lower emissions, here’s a guide to getting your wood stove up and running.

A safer, cleaner wood stove

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