Architects admire steel framed house

Pre-Cut Steel Buildings Snap Together Like Legos

Published on October 20th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

The flexibility and simplicity of steel framing systems draws many clients because there are no interior load-bearing walls, so remodeling or reconfiguring rooms when needs change is a snap. “When children leave at 28, you can ... Read More



Which Is More Green – SFI or FSC Lumber?

Published on October 16th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

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The two main sustainable forestry certification programs (Sustainable Forestry Initiative, SFI, and Forest Stewardship Council, FSC) have been fighting for years to determine which is better.  SFI has struggled to gain a foothold in the industry, ... Read More



Intus Windows Offers CE Credits For Architects

Published on October 16th, 2014 | by Stephen Hanley

Intus Windows is one of Europe’s largest manufacturers of super efficient windows and doors. Its products meet the rigorous German Passive House standards for residential and commercial buildings. Intus is now expanding its marketing area to America and ... Read More



What Is LEED? – Materials and Resources

Published on October 15th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough


This is the sixth post in a series on the LEED green building rating system. The first post provided an Introduction to LEED, the second looked at the Sustainable Sites credit category, the third at the Location and Transportation credits, the ... Read More

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Waxed Cardboard Insulation Comes From Produce Boxes

Published on October 14th, 2014 | by Dawn Killough

Students at Portland State University have developed a new insulation material made from shredded waxed cardboard produce boxes.  The insulation helps local grocery stores sustainably dispose of the boxes and could provide low-cost energy savings. PSU ... Read More


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‘Smart’ Lithium-Ion Battery Warns of Fire Hazard

Published on October 14th, 2014 | by Glenn Meyers


Concerns about potential fire hazards from an overheated lithium-ion battery can celebrate this safety discovery from Stanford scientists. This discovery — a smart warning button — will provide a large boost for risk managers attempting to mitigate ... Read More

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