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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...

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 ...

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...

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home is affordably Close
Planning and Design

Zero Carbon Homes - The S1600 Prefab Eco Home gets affordably Close

...tool from Skanska here. Carbon reduction strategies and natural building materials The basis of a low-carbon home design strategy involves sourcing natural building materials that are as locally-produced as possible to where they will be used, and that have as little processing and chemical additives as possible. T...

Interior sheathing as air & vapor barriers in wood frame construction
Air and vapour barriers

Interior sheathing as an air and vapour or vapor barrier

...tool, without even realizing it. In contrast, it is unlikely you will put a hole in an OSB air barrier that was not intentional, or at least unnoticed. Blower door tests The air seal of a building is measured in ACH (Air Changes per Hour), and is determined by a blower door test where the building is depressurized ...

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...

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum certified home - The Edelweiss House
LEED Homes

Canada's first LEED V4 Platinum house - An EcoHome project checklist

...tool and so decided to give the new LEED V4 a test drive. We were already planning on building an ecologically responsible, super-efficient, passively-heated house, so we reckoned that much of the LEED program requirements would be happening anyway in this build - but it was interesting how the new LEED V4 approach inv...

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 ...

BC Energy Step Codes - Builder Design Guide &  Requirements explained
Building codes

The new BC energy step code: builder design guide & requirements explained - Vancouver

...tool from your pickup , and you don’t need to figure out how to do energy modelling, there are already people and protocols that do that. This will be part of the design phase, so just like the drawing of building plans, this is on someone else’s plate. Architects and designers will need to design homes and commercia...