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Energy Innovation Portal: Linking Energy Technologies with Market Opportunities

Find information on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies available for licensing developed by U.S. Department of Energy laboratories and participating research institutions. Includes 300 technical summaries, 11,000 patents, and 3,000 patents pending. Read More

Weatherization Assistance Program Standardized Curricula

These curricula are designed to be comprehensive, yet flexible tools useful to both new and experienced instructors as we expand the Weatherization Workforce. A new instructor can download the entire module for a comprehensive training session. Experienced trainers may only want to download specific sections to beef up their existing presentations. Modules for each weatherization position will be released in the coming weeks and months. Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center (WAPTAC) Read More

Building Material Emissions Study

GIANT study of building material emissions in California schools, with a 15 page executive summary, and 4.7 Mb download full document. Read More

Standard Calculation Methods for Structural Fire Protection

Library Holdings. This Standard provides methods of calculating the fire resistance of selected structural members and barrier assemblies using structural steel, plain concrete, reinforced concrete, timber and wood, concrete masonry, and clay masonry. These methods are intended to provide architects, engineers, building officials, and others with calculation methods that give fire resistance results equivalent to those in ASTM E119. The development of this Standard represents a joint effort between the Structural Engineering Institute of ASCE and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The Standard includes standard methods for determining the following: structural fire protection calculations; fire resistance of plain and reinforced concrete construction; fire resistance of timber and wood structural elements; fire resistance of masonry; and fire resistance of structural steel construction.Table of Contents 1. Standard Calculation Methods for Structural Fire Protection 2. Standard Methods for Determining the Fire Resistance of Plain and Reinforced Concrete Construction 3. Standard Methods for Determining the Fire Resistance of Timber and Wood Structural Elements 4. Standard Calculation Methods for Determining the Fire Resistance of Masonry 5. Standard Methods for Determining the Fire Resistance of Structural Steel Construction. Read More

Hydrogen Codes and Standards Portal

Hydrogen Codes and Standards Portal provides one-stop access to standards critical to the jobs of building code officials, permitting officials, fire safety officials, product designers, and manufacturers. Read More

Product Certification and Evaluation

Behind the built environment lies a complicated series of legal regulations, created to specify the minimum acceptable level of safety for constructed assemblies and products as they relate to the construction and occupancy of buildings and structures. This is where product evaluation and certification lies, as every building component specified must be shown to meet the applicable building codes and to perform as equivalent to the prescriptive method outlined. This paper will explain two processes for manufacturers to demonstrate this compliance, as well as the costs and benefits of each. By making these distinctions clear, a product manufacturer will be able to optimize the process of product certification and significantly reduce the amount of time and money spent. Read More

Many Dimensions of Uncertainty Analysis in LCA

Gregory Norris, who is respected worldwide for his innovations in quantifying and understanding sustainability, provides an interesting look at many of the factors that lead to uncertainty in the world of Life Cycle Assessment. Data quality, subjective probability and variability are some of the issues examined. Read More

Integrating LCA Tools in Green Building Rating Systems

This report examines ways to ensure better integration of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) techniques and LCA-based decision support tools in whole building rating and certification systems. It includes a detailed examination of the different approaches of GBTool and LEED, as well as a brief discussion of key constraints that must still be addressed and overcome. Read More

A Business Case for Green Buildings in Canada

This Business Case, presented to Industry Canada, defines the state of the green building industry in Canada, provides a basis for recognizing the many unique and tangible benefits a green building might offer, and explores the challenges and barriers facing the Canadian industry. It also reflects an extensive search of published and unpublished papers and studies focusing on the nature and benefits of green buildings. March, 2005. Read More

Service Life Considerations in Relation to Green Building Rating Systems: an Exploratory Study

This report examines how service life criteria can be appropriately included in green building rating systems such as LEED and Green Globes, discusses the issues, and provides a basis for the development or refinement of credits by those responsible for the different rating systems. April, 2006. Read More


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