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    An Intro to Passive House

    The world must decrease its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions considerably, in the range of eighty to ninety percent over the next few decades. Every use of energy is now under review, and we are finding that the greatest producers of CO2 are not automobiles and airplanes but buildings. As a consequence, developers, architects, and planners are looking for solutions to build structures that employ considerably less energy than even the top rated green structures of today.

    If you are interested in getting more information on passive house contact Eco Custom Homes at 404 303 7280 or email to info@ecocustomhomes.com, and we will be happy to provide you with a free educational seminar.

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    New mobile app gives Energy Star ratings

    “The CodeGreen Energy App is just the kind of tool we have been waiting for. It makes finding and comparing Energy Star Scores of thousands of buildings so quick and easy. Making this data transparent is a dream come true for the Energy Efficiency Marketplace,” said Robert Sauchelli, national program manager, Energy Star Service and Product Provider Partnership.

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    Active energy management with daylight systems and building management … – Glass on Web

    Glass on Web Active energy management with daylight systems and building management … Glass on Web The highlights include the skylights certified with the highest energy efficiency rating to passive house standard, a new continuous rooflights for flat roofs as well as components and systems for smoke and heat exhaust systems and building management …

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    Happy 100th Birthday, Formica

    It has lined the interiors of everything from greasy spoon cafes to luxury cruise liners, from hospital wards to train cabins – bringing a fusion of wipe-clean practicality and sleek modern style. And now Formica is celebrating its 100th birthday. The brave new seamless surface of the future is officially an antique.

    While it may now be synonymous with the retro glamour of 1950s compact kitchens and roadside diners, the origins of the miracle material are much more mundane. Invented in Cincinnati in 1913 by engineers Daniel O’Conor and Herbert Faber, Formica laminate was designed to be an electrical insulator, to serve as a replacement for the silicate mineral mica – hence “for mica”. (The fact that formica was a pre-existing Latin word for a type of ant seems to have hampered the brand little.)

    Formica originally consisted of layers of fabric bound together with resin; later, it was made with thick pieces of paper laminated with melamine. This tougher substance could resist heat and abrasion, while the paper opened up a wealth of possibilities for printing colours and patterns, which proved key……

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    DOE Unveils Building America Solutions Center

    The Energy Department has unveiled a new online tool designed to provide building professionals with fast, free, and reliable building science and efficiency information.

    The Building America Solution Center Web site offers a range of interactive resources including guides on critical industry topics as well as easily searchable images, CAD files, and case studies to help train and support home builders, remodelers, architects, designers, researchers, and code officials. Users will have…….

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    Study seeks to extend life of concrete structures using bacteria

    The technique is designed to extend the life of structures by mixing limestone-producing bacteria with the concrete.

    The work is being carried out under a new research project financed by the EU and led by the University of Ghent in Belgium. By adding an endolithic bacteria, which can live inside stone, to the concrete mix the Healcon project is aimed at increasing the life………..

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