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Building Codes: The Right Tool for Achieving our Climate Goals?

In a recent webinar, Building Codes Assistant Project (BCAP) President Maureen Guttman questioned whether building codes are effective when it comes to successfully reaching our energy efficiency and climate goals.
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Building codes are a unique and complex animal, and their development is driven by a diverse spectrum of vested interests.  The recent 2018 code hearings exemplified how motley agendas could at least temporarily align to craft a middle-ground solution for a tough issue (namely, building envelope performance tradeoffs for onsite power production), setting an important precedent for cooperation, but certainly not realizing the gains that many sustainability professionals were hoping for.

Waste Material Use Boosts Wood Pellet Sustainability

A new monthly reporting effort by the U.S. Energy Information Administration offers much needed overview of wood pellet use as fuel, but exports raise concerns.
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The EIA's first monthly report offers some eye-opening statistics about how pellets are used, where they come from, and where they end up.

Of great interest is the source of the raw wood pulp:

Sustainability: Transcending Politics

In preparing for our upcoming Sustainability Symposium, I’ve had the opportunity to speak with sustainability professionals from both sides of the aisle. Their overriding message: progress will continue.
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One of the most exciting aspects of planning a big event is the opportunity to speak ahead of time with presenters and participants about the issues that are top of mind.  In planning for the Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything, taking place on January 9 at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in Orlando, I’ve had the good fortune to speak with some of today’s visionary leaders and most passionate professionals in the sustainability sector.

Peace is in the Details

By designing our homes as sustainable “havens,” we can create a ripple effect.
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Few people of any political disposition would disagree with the idea that self-sufficiency, moderation and reduced waste are desirable benchmarks. Fortunately, when we talk about home design and construction, we can lean heavily on the facts of building science—not emotion—to achieve those goals.

The Arc House: A Resilient Prototype

From urban-infill residence to off-the-grid retreat, The Arc House is at home anywhere.
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Jim Gregory, Founder of Shelter Dynamics, likes to call The Arc House a “demonstration of a direction” in housing. Its small footprint, independence from the grid and versatile design make it an ideal solution for urban, suburban and rural settings. The Arc House can serve as a primary residence for a single person or a couple, or it can be used as a retreat, vacation home or “mother-in-law” unit.

Trump’s Pick for EPA Head Deals Crippling Blow to the Environment

The President-elect’s selection of Scott Pruitt, renowned climate change denier, for EPA head points to a grim and dirty future.
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The verdict was still out about the Trump administration’s stance on climate change and environmental protection.  Trump told the New York Times in a recent interview that he was keeping an “open mind” to the Paris Agreement.

Green Builder Media’s Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything Draws Today’s Most Forward-Thinking Sustainability Activists and Elected Officials

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LAKE CITY, Colo., December 8, 2016 /3BL Media/ — Green Builder Media’s Sustainability Symposium 2017: Ready for Anything on January 9, 2017 at the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts in downtown Orlando is answering the timely and highly demanded call for authentic leadership at an otherwise uncertain moment for the sustainability sector.

2018 Code Hearings Wrap Up

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In this webinar, Maureen Guttman, President of the Building Codes Assistant Project (BCAP) will provide an essential overview of the most recent code hearings that will determine 2018 codes.  Guttman will offer information about:

New Ebook: A Guide to Moisture Control in Exterior Wall Applications

When it comes to exterior wall applications, no insulation material can control moisture as well as spray foam.
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This guide shows you why that is and how you can harness spray foam’s high-performance potential on your next project, including how spray foam can:

Free Webinar: How Builders Should Plan for Fire Sprinklers

If you are planning to install fire sprinklers in the homes you build, upfront decisions about the underground materials and components can save you money down the road when it comes time to construct the home.
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Hear from Melisa Rodriguez, P.E., NICET IV, about the important things to know and consider before breaking ground on a home that requires a fire sprinkler system.

Topics will include:

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