Paints, stains and finishes protect materials and add beauty to building exteriors. Here’s a guide to choosing products that are beautifully sustainable, too.
We expect a lot out of the coatings that protect siding, trim and other parts of a building exterior. Paints, stains and finishes must be resistant to moisture, mold and the constant exposure to UV radiation. And of course they must add beauty to the materials. Modern chemistry allows coatings to perform, but not without costs. Most paints and finishes are high in embodied energy, and since home exteriors are repainted frequently—on average, every five to 10 years—coatings can add significantly to a building’s carbon footprint.
UL Environment and Green Builder Media release authoritative book on how to choose green products for residential home construction.
June 26, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Available now for free download, The GREENGUARD Difference: Specifying the Right Products for Your Green Homes offers everything you need to know about what goes into certifying lower-emitting materials through UL Environment’s GREENGUARD program, and why these products should be in every home built today.
The best ventilation system can dilute or eliminate pollutant sources and filter air to remove unwanted particulates from a home.
Mechanical ventilation provides a critical component in the health of the home. If the HVAC system is analogous to a human heart, cooling or heating the home the same way blood can cool and heat the body, then ventilation is similar to the lungs of your home. Without air systematically supporting the body with oxygen and exhausting the carbon monoxide the human body would not function in a healthy manner. The same is true for ventilation in the home; health is the main driver in any home ventilation plan.
Methane is becoming a pressing “above ground risk”, a threat to the reputation, license to operate, and long term viability of an entire industry.
I came to Environmental Defense Fund from the management consulting world, and was fortunate to bring a couple of lessons with me. A simple one is that successful companies keep a finger on the pulse of the returns and risks in their industry and core businesses. The oil and gas industry has a growing risk on its hands, and that risk is methane emissions.
Independent study for EDF reveals ample opportunity for industry to use existing, affordable technologies to control emissions from onshore operations
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ - An independent analysis conducted by ICF International (ICF) has determined that the onshore segment of the U.S. oil and gas sector can significantly reduce emissions of methane – a highly potent greenhouse gas and the primary ingredient in natural gas – using currently available technologies and at a low annualized cost.