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A Key in Green Building: Solving Concrete’s Stress Problem

Posted by Megan Wild, Guest Columnist

Aug 18, 2017 3:44:41 PM

A key to enhancing a concrete building's longevity is reducing building stress. Here's how builders are doing that.

Both construction professionals and the public know how ubiquitous concrete is in modern — and even not so modern — construction. Concrete is a durable material, indeed, but it’s also an increasingly green one. At a point in time where every industry needs to get a little more serious about sustainability, concrete has successfully cemented its place as a vital construction staple, and one with increasingly attractive “green” credentials.

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Research: New Wood Burning Stoves May Do as Much Harm as Good

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 9, 2017 3:39:42 PM

Researchers in North Carolina found that while advanced stoves with forced drafts do produce less health-damaging pollution, the type of particles they emit actually make global warming worse.

A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that advanced wood-burning stoves designed for use in the developing world can reduce air pollution more than anticipated, because gaseous emissions from traditional wood stoves form more particulate matter in the atmosphere than researchers previously thought.

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Bosch Tackles New Silica Standard Head-On With HEPA-Ready Vacuum System

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 21, 2017 9:45:25 AM

The new portable shop-vac style unit includes double filtration to maximize dust containment.

We tested this new vacuum product on some cementitious materials, including crumbling, wet cement dust from basement walls, rusty drywall screws and clips, and mixed fine and coarse debris from construction.

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Video: Builder Plans To Test Airborne Sealing System on 100 Net-Zero Homes

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 20, 2017 10:01:47 AM

At the heart of Mandalay Homes' "disruptive" innovation is a new product that seals the smallest leaks, greatly reducing air infiltration.

 

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Cool and Quiet: Can you have both in a multi-family project?

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 17, 2017 11:37:20 AM

At a landmark Rhode Island mixed-use project, an energy-efficient HVAC system means noise is no problem.

ORIGINALLY BUILT IN 1872, the Foundry has a rich history. Once the manufacturing campus of industrial powerhouse Brown & Sharpe, the 13 brick buildings located on 26 acres at the edge of downtown Providence, R.I., have been meticulously restored into a mixed-use complex that bridges old and new.

In the middle of the sprawling complex is the Sharpe Building at the Foundry, which served as a mill during the building’s manufacturing years. The goal for the renovation of the 157,500-square-foot, six-story building was to develop 196 loft-style luxury residences. But because it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003, the Sharpe Building required a renovation that upgraded functionality of the building while maintaining its historic design.

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These Antique Tools Made Framing a House Without Power Tools a Breeze

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 14, 2017 10:04:33 AM

At a popular living history center in Southern England, historians have put together a collection of the typical tool collection used by a home framer in the 17th to 19th Centuries.

If you're a builder, most these tools are probably familiar. Researchers at the Weald and Downland living history museum in Chichester, UK, collected these tools to illustrate how traditional rural homes were built. No circular saws, no chop saws, no table saws or power drills.

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DOE Invests $3.7 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation's Homes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 11, 2017 11:49:14 AM

Projects Will Help Drive Innovation in Building Science for High Performance Building Envelope, Comfort, and Indoor Air Quality Systems, and Will Collect Indoor Air Quality Data in Real World Homes.

The Energy Department's Building Technologies Office announced it is investing up to $3.7 million in seven projects to improve the efficiency of our nation’s homes. These projects will accelerate energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings using an integrated building systems approach to achieve peak energy performance.

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Video: How Seawater Makes Roman Concrete Stronger Year After Year

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 10, 2017 11:04:10 AM

The secret lies in allowing the cement composition to change and adapt, rather than locking it in chemically.

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Builders—We want to hear how you separate yourselves from your competitors

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 5, 2017 10:57:55 AM

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Green Builder Media is proud to be different from other media outlets in the building industry.  We don’t believe that you have to choose between sustainability and affordability.  We know that green means building better, healthier, resilient, and cost-effective structures. 

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New International Building Code Allows for Weather Resistive Barriers Above 40 Feet

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 26, 2017 10:57:45 AM

The change includes two paths to compliance, and is most likely to affect multifamily projects.

PREVIOUSLY, the 2012 International Building Code (IBC) had limitations on the use of weather resistive barriers at heights greater than 40 feet. 

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