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Milwaukee expander tool for Uponor pex tubing
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing just got faster and easier with the Milwaukee ProPEX expander tool - video

...tool dedicated to it. Uponor originally launched hePEX and AquaPEX with a hand expander tool, and given the effort required to stretch tubes by hand, Uponor did not instantly wipe out the competition. Pex expander tool © Milwaukee Not long after that, Uponor developed a power expander which wa...

The EC3 Tool - Skanska - Calculating & Comparing Carbon Footprint of Buildings
Planning and Design

Calculating the Carbon Footprint of Buildings, Introducing The EC3 Calculator From Skanska

...tool by Skanska at Greenbuild, November 19-22, 2019 in Atlanta, GA simplifies this complex problem, giving construction professionals the information they need to make more informed decisions on embodied carbon, allowing them to enact positive change. The EC3 tool: reduce the embodied carbon footprint associated with...

MIBOP energy modeling software from Mindscape Innovations
Concept and design

Free online energy modeling from Mindscape Innovations

...tool, MIBOP (Mindscape Innovations Building Optimization Program), which was designed to produce a conservative estimate of a home’s EnerGuide rating . The tool has also allowed individual designers and builders to see their home’s projected performance while still in the design phase, and explore different options i...

HERD Home energy rating disclosure
Grants and incentives

Ontario's Home Energy Rating and Disclosure plan (HERD) is great news for home buyers

...tool to increase energy literacy towards a successful climate change strategy,” said Elizabeth MacDonald, CEO of the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance. Beyond helping Ontario and Canada meet its climate change targets, this will save homeowners money on utilities as well as increase the value of homes that take advan...

The Top Twelve Green Building Trends for 2020
Planning and Design

Find out what's trending in 2020 for Green Home Construction

...tool from Skanska is a free-to-use tool that has a data base of materials that allows architects and designers to calculate the embedded energy of a building design, which means materials can be swapped in the design phase to keep the footprint as low as possible. Until now this has been a complicated process that was ...

Techniques for reducing sound transmission in buildings
Insulation and soundproofing

Controlling sound transmission in buildings

...Tool (SOund Classification RATing EStimator) Dr. Alf Warnock holds a B.Sc. in Natural Philosophy (Physics) from the University of Glasgow (1963) and a Ph.D in Plasma Physics from the University of Strathclyde (1967).He is a retired Principal Research Officer from the Indoor Environment Program at the Institute for ...

Net Zero Energy Homes Pilot Project Canada
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Natural Resources Canada launches net zero energy pilot project

...tool for measuring home energy consumption. Many emerging technologies are not available as standard commercial products, and often there are no testing procedures to ensure they live up to suppliers claims. Furthermore, experience from previous demonstration programs has shown that one-off systems do not meet design p...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...tool that can do it quickly and more frequently is very helpful. Just as washing hands with soap and water is better than relying on hand sanitizers, it is still very good to have them. An anti-microbial UV light wand destroys germs, viruses and bacteria with shortwave ultraviolet waves. A UV light stick should inclu...

Choosing where to live

What makes a home livable to you?

...tool storage and work space]. The most frequent themes cited in the responses were flexible spaces, natural light and access to nature. Using Watson Analytics, sentiment analysis confirmed that most responses were positive (0.4 on a scale from -1.0 to +1.0). Interestingly, older respondents were more positive about t...

Gabion walls can be used for building homes
Concrete and masonry

Gabion Walls - what is a gabion cage & how to build with them?

...tool to calculate the carbon footprint in building materials see here . How to build a gabion wall The principle is quite simple: stones are dropped into welded mesh cages supported by galvanized aluminum alloy or steel metal rods) that are embedded in the ground. Done! Gabion walls are steel cages filled with ...

FSC certified wood carries the FSC certification labels
Wood and organic materials

All about FSC certified lumber & wood products - Why FSC certification is important

...tool, yes . The Certified Wood pilot ACP is being used to test new ideas before they are fully integrated into the LEED rating systems . Builders and architects using certified wood and paper products from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Tree Farm System (ATFS), Canadian Standards Association (CSA...