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  • September 27, 2017

    Considering installing a plastic system in a plenum? No matter what type of piping system is being installed, the subject of flame spread and smoke developed ratings continues to be a confusing topic.

    Read more to dive into a breakdown of the ASTM E84 test of flame spread/smoke index ratings. 

  • September 27, 2017

    This excerpt from the 2015 International Mechanical Code (IMC) discusses the code requirements for plenum spaces. When making a material selection for your specification, be sure to check both the IMC as well as the local code jurisdictions to ensure that your entire specification is in compliance.

    Click here to read the 2015 IMC for yourself. 

  • 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.

  • 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.