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Report: PVC Still Problematic

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 8, 2016 2:23:39 PM

The vinyl industry claims it is greening its products, but the manufacture, use and disposal of PVC still poses significant environmental and health issues.

POLYVINYL CHLORIDE, OR PVC, is ubiquitous in the building industry. Versatile and cheap, it’s found in nearly every part of the building, from roofing membrane, siding and floor coverings to electrical wiring and plumbing.

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Mainstreaming Zero-Energy Homes

Posted by Juliet Grable

Nov 10, 2015 1:38:58 PM

Making high-performance homes easier to build and more affordable will convince both builders and homeowners to go net zero.

THE CONCEPT OF a building that generates at least as much energy as it consumes, as calculated on a net-annual basis, is one that more and more people outside of the building professions are getting their heads around.

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Durable Siding Options: Side By Side

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 28, 2015 11:49:00 AM

NOT TOO LONG AGO, if you were building a house in this country, there were only three major cladding options—brick, stucco or wood—and the choice was largely determined by your region. After World War II, aluminum siding took center stage, and in the 1980s, vinyl began its ascendancy. Today, the field has expanded. And while vinyl is still king, fiber cement is making inroads, and other cladding options are experiencing a resurgence. Wood, which inspires so many of the alternatives, makes up but a small fraction of the cladding of new homes.

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Investing in History with Geothermal

Posted by Juliet Grable

Apr 15, 2015 11:39:34 AM

A geothermal system breathes new life into an historic West Virginia farmstead, showcasing an innovative approach to cultural preservation.

THE COCKAYNE FARMSTEAD is an historic home and preservation project located near the banks of the Ohio River in West Virginia. Once a thriving sheep ranch belonging to the prominent and successful Cockayne family, the dwelling was named to the National Historic Registry in 2002.

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