When you use tape to seal a seam or flash a sill, you need peel-and-stick performance—not “stick-and-peel.”

by Peter Yost

This is part of an ongoing series. Read all the Sticky Business posts here.

Take our quiz to find out how much you really know about VOCs, lead, toxic flame retardants, and other common hazards in building materials.
A look at the fascinating history and operation of refrigerant-cycle air conditioners. Fedders room air 5,000 Btu/hour room conditioner. Click on image to enlarge.

Passive solar design features have helped define what energy-efficient buildings look like. Have newer design practices left them behind?

Passive solar design features have helped define what energy-efficient buildings look like. Have newer design practices left them behind?
Simple strategies to keep cool without the use of mechanical air conditioning.

Furniture constantly touches our skin and can emit VOCs directly into our breathing zones. These five steps will help you make safer, greener choices.
My quest for a greener lawn mowing option. Black & Deckers 36-volt battery-powered electric mower. Click on image to enlarge.Photo Credit: Black & Decker

Any sealant can perform well in the right application, but knowing which to pick for your job is another thing. Our guide to sealants and how to use them.

by Peter Yost

This is part of an ongoing series. Read all the Sticky Business posts here.

Photo: DAP

Blower-door testing of the nearly complete Brattleboro Food Co-op building shows it to be remarkably tight.
Chemical and plastics trade groups claim the federal government should stop using LEED. BuildingGreen separates the facts from the fabrications.
Recognizing that GDP has significant limitations, Vermont has become the first state to formally embrace a "genuine progress indicator" as a metric of well-being.
Although exterior paints have moved beyond lead and the most toxic solvents, new coatings contain biocides that may pose a different set of concerns.
Innovative energy-savings products from the AIA National Convention this month. The energy-saving Haiku ceiling fan in bamboo. Click to enlarge.

Photo Credit: Big Ass Fans

 

Glazing and window manufacturers showed off some highly innovative products at the 2012 AIA Convention in Washington, DC
New EPD summaries give a snapshot view of LCA data, but are limited by their document-centric paradigm. This two-page summary of an EPD is a new format that seeks to make life-cycle assessment-based information easier to use.Image Credit: UL Environment