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Green Building with Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) Part One

April 11th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

Structurally Insulated Panel (SIP) homes are extremely energy-efficient due to their high R value which is a measure of thermal resistance. The higher value of R is better. SIP homes also include tight envelope and minimization of thermal bridging. Join us in Green Building with SIP series with Dan Sheehan, an expert on home building and construction


Building Earthquake Resistant Buildings is Best for the Environment and the People

February 24th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor

The tragic earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, has left much of the city in ruins, killed more than 75, and left hundreds missing. Even as survivors continue to be dragged out of the rubble, and survivors reel in their shock, it's worth looking forward to how the city might be rebuilt to better deal with disasters like this in the future. Building for disaster resistance might be expensive today, but in the long run it is the very height of environmental and fiscal responsibility, as it prevents the great waste and expense of having to rebuild later



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