There is no evidence that antimicrobials in products prevent disease in hospital settings, whether you’re dealing with the MERS coronavirus (pictured) or the similar SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19. (Image: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH)

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Antimicrobials in Building Products: the COVID-19 Edition

Cleaning with soap and water is still the best defense against COVID-19 virus and other pathogens. Antimicrobials are not the answer.

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Let’s Bounce Forward from the COVID-19 Pandemic

What lessons can we learn from the coronavirus pandemic that will help us end up in a better place when the crisis is over?

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Hydroelectric power station, Glem Canyon Dam, Arizona (Photo: Adbar. License: CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Another Corona Side Effect: Reduced Peak Electricity Demand

Flattening the COVID curve is also flattening electricity load curves, which may be a lesson for the building industry.

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This line of Interface carpet meets LEED v4 and LEED v4.1 requirements for disclosure, optimization, and low-emitting materials. (Photo: Interface)

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Finding Products for LEED v4 and v4.1

The process of finding and managing product information for LEED has changed—and v4.1 has added even more to think about.

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Op-Ed

Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary

Fifty years out, the increased awareness of the environment is heartwarming and the accomplishments significant, but our challenges are greater than ever.

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News Brief

COVID-19 and Germicidal UV Light: Myth vs. Fact

The Illuminating Engineering Society’s white paper “Germicidal Ultraviolet (GUV)–Frequently Asked Questions” explains GUV and its potential role in fighting COVID-19.

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This map shows the location of the “Toxic 100” named in the report. (Source: United Church of Christ)

News Brief

Reverends Preach Air Pollution Protections

The United Church of Christ says there is a moral urgency to tame toxic emissions from 100 plants located in populated areas.

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Canada’s Zero Carbon Standard Requires Embodied Carbon Offsets

Measuring embodied carbon is no longer enough: certified projects now must purchase offsets for embodied carbon and refrigerant leaks.

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Transportation a Key Factor in CLT Sustainability

A life-cycle assessment of Katerra cross-laminated timber reveals opportunities for lower carbon impact.

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Old Insulation and HVAC Systems Are Still Depleting Ozone

Older buildings are “CFC banks” because of phased-out refrigerants and blowing agents, according to MIT scientists.

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The Urgency of Embodied Carbon and What You Can Do About It

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