Energy Efficiency

Products and techniques for building professionals that use less energy in the building of structures.

WoodWorks to host national symposium on taller wood buildings

On November 6 and 7, the Wood Products Council’s WoodWorks program will host a National Symposium, “Toward Taller Wood Buildings”, in Chicago, Ill. Intended to give attendees a practical perspective on North America’s evolution toward taller wood buildings, the Symposium will focus on how designers are increasing density at lower cost...

AWC statement on recent Biogenic Carbon Review

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued the following statement regarding the “Forest Carbon Accounting Considerations in U.S. Bioenergy Policy” article recently published in the Journal of Forestry. The article is a review of current literature regarding the carbon emissions of biomass. It concludes that...

BioPreferred program opens to wood products

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding the recognition of wood products under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program going into effect.  The 2014 Farm Bill states that forest products, previously considered to be ineligible because they were “mature market,”...

PERC redesigns, improves buildwithpropane.com

Newly redesigned site makes it possible for professionals to easily find propane products, tools, and resources. WASHINGTON — The Propane Education & Research Council has re-launched buildwithpropane.com, a website specifically designed to help residential and commercial building professionals find propane training, research, resources, and products. “Our newly redesigned website now helps...

American Wood Council statement on USDA’s bio-based final use rule

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President and CEO Robert Glowinski has issued a statement regarding the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Friday release of a final rule on the BioPreferred program. Among other changes, the new rule deletes the mature market language from the regulation. The 2014 Farm Bill includes language on the Biobased...

RIMA-I Handbook Update Available

In ongoing efforts to provide reliable and helpful information on the reflective insulation, radiant barrier and interior radiation control coatings (IRCCs) industries, the Reflective INsulation Manufacturers Association International has just released the 2014 update to their handbook, “Understanding and Using Reflective Insulation, Radiant Barrier and Interior Radiation Control Coatings.” This is...

2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards presented

The Structural Insulated Panel Association presented its 2014 Building Excellence Awards April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Judges were Matt Belcher of Verdatek Solutions, Chris Fennell of Building Insight, and independent architectural designer Mehrdad Dabbagh. The winners were: Overall Competition Winner and winner in the Commercial/ Industrial/ Institutional: Premier SIPs for...

SIPA reports 5% SIP production growth

Results from the Structural Insulated Panel Association’s (SIPA) annual production survey show a five percent increase in structural insulated panel (SIP) production in 2013 among the association’s manufacturing membership, consisting of 28 manufacturing locations in the U.S. and Canada. Industry-wide statistics reveal no net gain or loss in total SIP industry...

2014 SIPA Building Excellence Awards

Eight homes and commercial buildings built with structural insulated panels (SIPs) were recognized for their innovation and environmental sustainability during the 2014 Structural Insulated Panel Association (SIPA) Building Excellence Awards ceremony, April 29 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  The annual competition selects the top SIP projects in eight categories, covering single family...