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Matt Power

As a veteran reporter, Matt Power has covered virtually every aspect of design and construction. His award-winning articles often tackle tough environmental challenges in a way that makes them relevant to both professionals and end users. An expert on both building science and green building, he has a long history of asking hard questions--and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues.

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Recent Posts

Hilary Clinton's Unforgiveable Sin: Fracking the World

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 6, 2014 5:55:00 PM

Hilary Clinton takes a lot of heat politically, much of it personal, mean-spirited and unfair. Too often the criticism has to do with her personal life, her character and other celebrity-type issues that are frankly irrelevant to her position as U.S. Secretary of State.

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Which States Are the "Greenest" in All the Land?

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 5, 2014 9:42:00 AM

The latest map of statewide adoption of Energy Codes from the U.S. Department of Energy shows big differences in state attitudes toward building efficiency.

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New Report Re-Confirms Formaldehyde-Cancer Link

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 27, 2014 6:23:00 PM

For several years now, formaldehyde has been on the EPA's list of probable human carcinogens. Back in 2011, at the request of controversial senator, David Vitter, R-La (since unseated), a study concluded that formaldehyde should be considered an irritant, but not carcinogenic.  But this new report by the National Academy of Sciences reverses that finding.

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What do People Over 50 Want? Cops, Schools and Walkable Streets. As Long as They're Free.

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 30, 2014 4:06:00 PM

A new study by the AARP asked Americans over 50 to prioritize the things that they would most like to see in their neighborhood.The results spring from an odd mix of fear, belief in education and rejection of auto-centric lifestyles. For example, not shown on this chart was a strong interest in having bus service nearby.

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Scientists Discover a Biological Key to Saving Coral Reefs

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 29, 2014 12:35:00 PM

It's the algae. Well, not just any algae, as a team of researchers just reported in the Scientific journal, Phycologia. Each type of coral reef has very specific species of algae that defend it. While it's not clear exactly how these algae shield the delicate reefs, the article infers that if the algae can be better understood and kept healthy, it may be able to do what humans have not--save coral reefs from extinction due to climate change impacts.

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"Missing" Plastic Pollution in World Oceans Alarms Scientists

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 4, 2014 9:54:00 AM

SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN AWARE for years that giant floating "islands" of plastic debris called gyres are polluting our oceans--not just the Pacific--but most of the world's major seas.

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Housing's Future: Millennials or Bust

Posted by Matt Power

Jun 12, 2014 12:45:00 PM

FIRST, THE BAD NEWS:  Only rich people buy new homes any

 New American Dream? Many Millennials dream of living in Eco-Friendly urban apartments like these hip Rosa Parks models in Chicago.

more. The homes they buy are often environmentally suspect, encourage sprawl, and contain enough room for at least two families.  But behind those facts are some encouraging trends--and market opportunities for progressive builders and developers.

"The first time buyer has really fallen away," notes NAHB Chief economist David Crowe, speaking this morning in Houston, at the annual NAREE conference."Builders are now only selling at the upper end of the spectrum. People are buying only if they already have good credit, and house sizes are larger than ever."

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Pods for the Paranoid

Posted by Matt Power

Feb 5, 2014 6:21:00 PM

Let’s hope that Chinese farmer Liu Qiyuan is either gullible or a marketing genius. When he built seven fiberglass survival pods in Qiantun, China, he got plenty of national attention. He says that after watching the apocalyptic movie, “2012,” he felt he had to create some escape pods so that people could escape the coming end of the world. If you’re reading this now (in 2014), and you’re NOT inside one of these pods, then Qiyuan is probably feeling a bit depressed.

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Saving Trees with Color Coding

Posted by Matt Power

Jan 19, 2014 2:52:00 PM

A lot of wood is wasted on the typical stick-framed home site. A 2009 study by the NAHB found that about 8,000 lbs. of waste ends up in landfills from a 2,000--square-foot single-family home. That figure includes up to 3,700 lbs. of solid-sawn wood, and up to 1,800 lbs. of engineered wood products (EWP). A Sugar Land, Texas, entrepreneur named Dewey Hennessee says he has a system that might address much of that waste—a color coding scheme that will help builders avoid mistakes. “Color-coded lumber is only part of the system,” Hennessee explains. “In order to make it useful to all parties, the engineer and/or estimator must utilize the same Color Plan Ink master list. A two-dimensional (or 3D if desired) color coded drawing of the working drawings will be produced to complete the system.” With drawing in hand, he estimates that the Color Plan system, (which is still in the developmental stage) could save more than $1,500 in variances on an average home.

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Old Shingles, New Roads

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 14, 2011 11:18:00 PM

GAF sponsors “Find a Recycler” Section of ShingleRecycling.org to pave the way for more reuse of asphalt shingles.

Recycled asphalt shingles, with their high-quality asphalt, aggregate, and fibers, can be used in highway construction and may even improve the properties of these roads. Now roofing manufacturer GAF has announced a significant expansion of its efforts to support post-consumer shingle recycling. Building on the success of its Certified Green Roofer program, already more than 100 members strong, 
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