Tag: sustainability

Technical Articles: 2015-2020

July 24, 2018

Below is an interactive table of technical articles (including convention and BES papers) starting in January of 2015 and running up to the most recent available articles. You can click any column to sort by that column, and click it a second time to sort descending. You can also type in the search box, either […]

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Buildings Harnessing the Power of Algae

July 02, 2018

Perhaps a decade or two from now, RCI will offer a class on bio-building of the building envelope. If that happens, algae-powered structures may be a unit of that class. In 2013, engineering firm Arup built the first “bio-adaptive façade” on an apartment building in Hamburg, Germany as part of the International Building Exhibition. Called […]

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First Net-Positive Energy Office Building Planned for Canada

March 29, 2018

The Howland Green Business Centre, in Markham, ON, will be Canada’s first net-positive energy office building, producing more energy than it consumes, when completed. Innovative features will include enhanced insulated concrete framework (ICF) with a thermal resistance value of at least R-40, R-80 roof insulation, and fiberglass windows employing low-emissivity argon gas with resistance values […]

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Vegetative Roofs: A Problem, or the Future?

March 29, 2018

By Jon Crumrine, RRO, GRP As a roofing technology, vegetative roofs have been widely installed in the United States for only about the last 20 years. The market acceptance of vegetative roofing continues, and the industry has gradually moved beyond the knee-jerk reaction held by many that vegetative roofs were “problems waiting to happen.” In […]

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ASTM Issues Standard Guide for the Development of a Waste Management Plan for Construction, Deconstruction, or Demolition Projects

March 14, 2018

By Director of Technical Services Walt Rossiter ASTM International Technical Committee E60 on Sustainability held its fall meeting this past October. Among its accomplishments was the completion of a new standard, E3073, titled “Guide for Development of a Waste Management Plan for Construction, Deconstruction, or Demolition Projects.” This standard was developed under the jurisdiction of […]

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Denver Green Roof Initiative Passes

February 27, 2018

Voters in Denver gave the thumbs up to a new sustainability initiative for the city that requires new buildings exceeding 25,000 sq. ft. and residential buildings over four stories high and greater than 25,000 sq. ft. to have a portion of their roofs covered by a “green, vegetative space.” Existing buildings would have to add […]

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ASTM International Issues New Standard Guide on Vegetative Roofing Systems

October 28, 2017

By Walt Rossiter, RCI Director of Technical Services This past spring, ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing issued a new standard, D8014, titled Guide for Selection of Membranes Used in Vegetative Roofing Systems. The standard is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D08.24 on Sustainability. It is the third standard that the subcommittee has […]

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Cool Roofs on the West Coast: Has Roofing Science Been up to the Task?

May 08, 2017

Cool single-ply membranes with highly reflective surfaces have come to represent over 50% of the commercial roofing market. Each year, well over 1.5 billion square feet of these white membranes are installed. However, as with many changes, there have been concerns about unintended consequences associated with this large shift. For example, in northern regions, condensation […]

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Building Envelope Crowd-Sourcing Initiative Announced by ORNL

April 07, 2017

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), with funding from the Department of Energy, has issued a challenge to “develop a new material or an installation method that uses readily available products to improve the thermal performance and airtightness of a wall assembly, without compromising the durability of the wall assembly.” See the brief synopsis below. Building […]

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