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The Energy Thief In Your Living Room

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 4, 2014 8:21:00 AM

Question: Which household device uses more power than 26 fluorescent light bulbs, or a new refrigerator? It's the set-top television box, according to research by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), In fact, they say that:

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Toward Integration of Building Science

Posted by GBM Research

Aug 26, 2014 7:48:00 PM

OVER THE YEARS, the Department of Energy’s Building America (BA) program has filled a critical gap by funding research on innovations for high-performing homes, both new and existing. But the biggest obstacles to advancing building science are not technological, says Sam Rashkin, the DOE’s chief architect of the Building Technologies Office. The larger hurdle is market adoption, which has several facets, including an inadequate number of skilled professionals. After all, this critical research doesn’t do any good if only a select few people know how to access and implement it.

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Advanced Framing Best Practices for a Tighter Thermal Envelope

Posted by GBM Research

Aug 26, 2014 7:36:00 PM

ADVANCED FRAMING TECHNIQUES that reduce the amount of framing in stud-framed walls improve their thermal performance. There’s more room for insulation, and thermal bridging—the heat transfer that happens through wood framing and extends from the inside surface to the outside surface of the wall—is reduced.

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Estimates of the Embodied Energy of Buildings Are All Over the Map

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 25, 2014 12:49:43 PM

THE AMOUNT OF CARBON ENERGY "embodied" in buildings has been a hot topic in the green building universe for at least 20 years. And rightly so. Only by understanding the REAL environmental costs of materials and products can we adjust and reduce to optimal levels.

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New Fly Ash Standard Ignores the Elephant in the Mix

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 23, 2014 3:39:00 PM

II was excited to read the ASTM has developed a new standard to assess the fly ash used in certain types of brick, but less impressed when I read the fine print. ASTM C1790, Standard Specification for Fly Ash Facing Brick. Once again fly ash is being evaluated strictly for its physical and cosmetic attributes of fly ash, with no required testing for potential toxins and heavy metals.

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