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  • August 9, 2017

    In one week, we’ll be hosting the live webinar, “The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings,”  – a deep dive into the trends and evolutions in sustainable building practices. In anticipation of this presentation, we took a little time to sit down with one of our co-presenters, Diana Fisler, Ph.D., Building and Science Innovation Leader at Johns Manville, to get her thoughts on the shifting trends toward sustainable living.

  • August 9, 2017

    Are you planning to complete a LEED review this year, before Greenbuild? If so, be sure to submit for review on time. See below for application deadlines based on typical review timelines.

    The following deadlines apply to all commercial rating systems (not including LEED Volume). These timelines also assume that no appeal review is necessary. Appeal reviews typically take 20–25 business days; expedited appeal reviews take about 10 business days. 

  • August 9, 2017

    Solar panel “wings” will power Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation at Mohawk Collage, the result of a progressive net-zero design by mcCallumSather and B+H Architects.

  • August 9, 2017

    From improving energy efficiency to mitigating the impacts of climate change, businesses have been working to meet the demand of a marketplace that's ever-more ecologically conscious. As the shift has occured, executives have learned that "greening" operations isn't just an ethical or marketable endeavor, but a profitable one as well. One industry in which this shift has been markedly noticeable is construction, where companies have turned to new, more efficient techniques, especially when it comes to the modern office building.

  • July 26, 2017

    When it comes to selecting fiberglass duct insulation, engineers must decide between specifying either duct liner or duct wrap. Each insulation offers different benefits that can make one or the other more applicable in certain settings. Fortunately, for many applications, either one will perform effectively. That said, the two materials are not identical across the board in terms of performance, and engineers need to be aware of their unique differences to specify the best material for the application.

  • July 26, 2017

    A new Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study involving 196 cooling towers nationwide found that 84 percent contained Legionella DNA, indicating that the dangerous bacteria that causes a severe, even fatal type of pneumonia were present or had been at some point. This means the real question is not ‘if there will be another outbreak’ but only ‘where and when’ it will occur.

    “During 2000–2014, passive surveillance for legionellosis in the United States demonstrated a 286% increase in reported cases per 100,000 population,” states the CDC website.

  • July 26, 2017

    The latest building energy codes are driving greater energy efficiency, which means tighter and better insulated buildings. But a building built just to code is only meeting the legal minimum, not delivering customer value beyond that baseline. Designing and constructing beyond code—including quality commercial building insulation installation—delivers buildings that are more energy efficient, quieter and healthier, which can give you a competitive advantage.

    Read more about the beneifts of building insulation and how you can use it to improve your system design.

  • July 26, 2017

    In commercial buildings, air ducts are routinely used to distribute conditioned air to the various zones within the building. These duct systems carry heating, cooling, and/or ventilation air from a central location to the zones with the objective of providing for the health and comfort of the building occupants. Air systems vary in design and complexity, but insulation is routinely used on these duct systems to limit heat gains or heat losses and provide noise control.

  • April 6, 2017

    Fiber glass is one of the most studied man-made substances on the planet, and there are dozens of studies specifically designed to determine whether fiber glass poses any health hazard to humans. These third-party studies have produced a robust body of scientific evidence supporting the safety of fiber glass in air handling applications.  However, despite the evidence supporting both its safety and performance, there are still some lingering fears about the safety of fiber glass. Primarily:

  • April 6, 2017

    The Health and Safety Partnership Program is a voluntary workplace safety program for workers involved in the manufacture, fabrication, installation, and removal of glass wool and mineral wool products. This article describes one element of this Partnership Program, the development of an occupational exposure database that characterizes exposures by fiber type, industry sector, product type, and job description.