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  • May 17, 2017

    As the global movement toward greener living continues to build momentum, the emphasis on energy savings is evolving from the sole component of green building design to being just one facet of the equation. Green building certifications now focus on things like product life-cycles, energy savings, manufacturing processes, and even things like access to bike paths or public transportation.

  • May 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON — Each year, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) recognizes 10 buildings for superior sustainable design. The awards measure energy and water use, materials, resilience, economic impact and ease of access to public transportation. The awards were presented on April 22 this year to coincide with Earth Day. The top three winners in 2017 were the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach, Va., Bristol Community College in Fall River, Mass., and Stanford University’s Central Energy Facility in Palo Alto, Calif.

  • May 17, 2017

    Use these resources to get started with your LEED BD+C project: You've made the big decision—you're going to pursue LEED v4 certification using the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating system. Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.

    We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project. Click here for a library of resources to help you on your way to LEED Certification.

  • May 17, 2017

    Buildings - the places we live, work, play and learn - currently account for about one third of global energy consumption. As population and urbanization continue to increase, energy demand in buildings could reach 50 percent of global energy use by 2050.

    The building sector is therefore a major contributor to climate change and must be a major part of the solution. Buildings also represent one of the most cost effective ways to tackle emissions reductions. Lower energy use saves money and boosts competitiveness.

  • 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.

  • April 6, 2017

    The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) through the National Mechanical Insulation Committee (NMIC) has developed the Mechanical Insulation Design Guide (MIDG) to provide a comprehensive source of information on the performance, use, testing and standardization of mechanical insulation in buildings and industrial facilities. Click here to read more!

  • April 6, 2017

    Proper mechanical insulation of chilled-water piping is critical. The life-cycle cost savings and risk avoidance made possible by insulating chilled-water piping is vital to the design of a high-functioning system. Chilled-water pipe insulation is the wrong place to attempt value engineering when designing new or replacement piping. Incorrect product selection or using untrained installers can cause a building owner’s life-cycle costs to increase by millions of dollars compared to the minor cost premium of correctly insulating the pipe.

  • January 12, 2017

    Engineers and contractors are under constant pressure to optimize system performance as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible. Often times, this is easier said than done, and in an effort to accommodate external pressure to meet financial goals as well as project deliverables, many engineers and contractors attempt to value-engineer the insulation materials in the system.

  • January 12, 2017

    There are a number of elements that go into designing greener, more efficient buildings, but more and more we’re seeing that just considering the immediate impact of the building materials falls short of the whole picture. To address this, MIT released a report that discusses the critical components to comparing the impact of the whole building life-cycle against just the building product environmental performance…more