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    • Lumber Dispute Drives Up Construction Costs May 26, 2017
      Subtitle:  The ongoing trade battle between the U.S. and Canada is making it more expensive to build houses, but opinions differ on exactly how much Images:  An ongoing trade battle between Canada and the U.S. over softwood lumber has pushed up the cost of building a typical single-family home by several thousand dollars, according to […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Fiberglass and Cellulose Makers Tangle Again May 23, 2017
      Subtitle:  Online articles reignite a long-standing dispute between competing industries Images:  A long-running feud between the fiberglass and cellulose insulationThermal insulation made from recycled newspaper or other wastepaper; often treated with borates for fire and insect protection. industries has broken out in a new round of mudslinging, drawing a public rebuke from an agency that […]
      Scott Gibson
    • UMass Opens ‘Landmark’ Timber Building May 19, 2017
      Subtitle:  The new Design Building advances cross-laminated timber technology and suggests a source for more forestry jobs in the region Images:  The University of Massachusetts at Amherst officially opened the new Design Building late last month, calling it the most advanced cross-laminated timber structure in the U.S. and the largest building of its kind in […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Tesla Will Take Your Solar Roof Order Now May 18, 2017
      Subtitle:  Depending on where you live and how long you own your home, the solar roofing tiles could prove to be a good deal Images:  Tesla has now answered one of the big remaining questions about its textured glass Solar Roof — just how much will it cost? — and the estimates show some homeowners […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Kentucky Coal Museum Goes Solar May 12, 2017
      Subtitle:  Even in the heart of coal country, rooftop solar panels make sense Images:  The exhibits inside are all about the glory days of coal, but it will be the solar panels on the roof that knock as much as $10,000 off the power bills for the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum. Housed in a former […]
      Scott Gibson
    • GAF Dives Into the Residential Solar Market May 11, 2017
      Subtitle:  These new low-profile PV panels do not use a conventional rack system Images:  GAF is branching out from its familiar role as a manufacturer of roof coverings to offer a line of residential solar panels called DecoTech. The low-profile panels are attached to the roof with a proprietary frame that GAF developed, skipping conventional […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Mineral Wool Makers Dropping Formaldehyde Binders May 4, 2017
      Subtitle:  Two manufacturers will begin making insulation with ‘no added formaldehyde’ later this year Images:  Two manufacturers of mineral wool insulation have announced that they will stop using binders containing formaldehydeChemical found in many building products; most binders used for manufactured wood products are formaldehyde compounds. Reclassified by the United Nations International Agency for Research […]
      Scott Gibson
    • Home Depot’s Lead Paint Compliance Under Review May 2, 2017
      Subtitle:  The Environmental Protection Agency launches a civil and criminal probe Images:  Two federal agencies are investigating The Home Depot after receiving reports that its contractors did not comply with lead paint regulations. WSB-TV, a television station in Atlanta where Home Depot is headquartered, said that it spent months investigating claims of "questionable business practices" […]
      Scott Gibson
    • How the GBA Site Displays Readers’ Names April 28, 2017
      Subtitle:  You can change your screen name to something better than “N/A N/A” or “User-127652” Images:  In early February 2017, the web site developed a new glitch: our site stopped displaying reader's names properly when they posted questions or comments on the site. Instead of displaying "Elizabeth Stanton" or "Pablo Picasso," the GBA web […]
      Martin Holladay
    • Congress Urged to Save Energy Star Program April 28, 2017
      Subtitle:  In a letter to Congressional leaders, U.S. companies say the 'highly successful' program has saved consumers billions of dollars in utility bills Images:  More than 1,000 U.S. businesses and organizations have signed a letter to Congressional leaders urging that they oppose the Trump administration's plan to withdraw federal funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's […]
      Scott Gibson