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You Had Me at Concrete

A big thank you to everyone who came out for the Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) training in Salt Lake City last week! 150 contractors and other professionals involved in the construction industry signed up and 140 showed up! Fortunately, everyone was gracious when we ran out of seats and it became ...

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Zero-Energy Schools Make the Grade

High-performance ICF envelopes and lower renewable energy costs make energy efficient schools. ICF systems construction is faster, easier and less labor intensive than other methods, offsetting solar panel costs. "The most cost-effective way to save energy is not to need it!"...

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Concrete home withstands Hurricane Michael

The New York Times published...aerial images showing a mile-long stretch of Mexico Beach where at least three-quarters of the buildings were damaged, but Dr. Lackey saw his [concrete home] still standing, majestic amid the apocalyptic wreckage, the last surviving beachfront house on his block....

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Building With Concrete Is Good Science

Buildings both contribute to and are vulnerable to climate change. In the U.S., the heating, cooling, and operation of buildings and homes account for more than 40% of carbon dioxide emissions each year—more emissions than are produced by either transportation or industry....

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Building in fire at the night burning fire flame with smoke on the apartment house roof.

Dangers Shown in Recent SLC Apartment Fires

In a typical year, fire departments are called to more than 1.7 million fires, one every 18 seconds. Over 80,000 are in apartments, 2,000 in hotels and motels, and 740 in dormitories. These structure fires cause more than $9 billion in property damage each year, about half in residential properties....

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Clearcut Logging In Pacific Northwest. A debris pile is in the foreground and a log loader in the background.

The Timber Industry is a Major Polluter

A new study by researchers based at Oregon State University and the University of Idaho corroborates Center for Sustainable Economy’s 2015 and 2017 research demonstrating that logging is by far the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions in Oregon and that changes in greenhouse gas accounting...

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