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...GreenSpec - Green building, design, products, materials, energy, specification and sustainable construction

...GreenSpec - Green building, design, products, materials, energy, specification and sustainable construction
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Fit Your Own Glazing | Self Build, Renovate or Convert Your Own House | Renovation | Home Building & Renovating UK Double glazing used to have a whiff of exclusivity about it. Once one house on the street got it, jealous neighbours would soon be thumbing Everest brochures and calculating ‘easy credit terms’, just to keep up. It’s not like that today. In its basic form, double glazing is two pieces of glass hermetically sealed with a cavity in between. Over the years, there have been some significant leaps in technology for both the glass used in double glazed units and the gas that goes between it. Tape measure Hammer Nail punch Scraper Double glazed unit Non-hardening butyl putty Roll(s) of high-security glazing tape Spacing blocks Beading tacks 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Green Design Institute The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary education and research effort to make an impact on environmental quality by partnering with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering management, manufacturing, and regulatory processes that can improve environmental quality and product quality while enhancing economic development. Students from many different degree programs at Carnegie Mellon can participate in the Green Design Institute activities. Through the Green Design Institute, we are solving problems and building tools that help businesses accomplish more with less. Our focus is on developing practical pollution prevention technologies and lowering costs, by recycling scarce resources, using fewer raw materials and creating better products. Michael Griffin, Co-Director Chris T.

Rematerialise - Introduction Introduction Up to 90% of the material that we throw away is recoverable. Someone somewhere has the imagination and the ingenuity to turn this rubbish into a resource. Welcome to REMATERIALISE a unique, sustainable materials library and online resource, offering innovative material solutions which can have both economic benefits and less environmental impact. Based upon research initiated in 1994 by Jakki Dehn M.Des.RCA; Reader in Sustainable Design at Kingston University and funded in 2003 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the REMATERIALISE library now houses over 1,200 materials which either use less non renewable resources or come from renewable resources. On this site you can explore an extensive range of materials from around the world, coming from many unexpected sources, including scallop shells, currency, mobile phones, aeroplane windscreens and nettle fibres.

Black Mountain Quarries Ltd | Self Build, Renovate or Convert Your Own House | Renovation | Home Building & Renovating UK Black Mountain Quarries is a working quarry in the heart of the Black Mountains. Black Mountain Quarries are a family-owned business that supplies traditional building materials to architects, tradesmen, builders and individuals throughout the UK and Europe. To fulfil rising demand for greater variety, Black Mountain Quarries scan the world to source high quality natural building materials that compliment the stone from their own quarry. Black Mountain Quarries strongly believe that natural materials enhance environments; their appearance improving with the passing of time. See the range of natural stone products includes: Building stone Cobblestones Flagstones Lintels, cills & steps Roofing slates Hardwood flooring Stone roofing tiles Rustic oak timbers To view the whole range of natural stone products available from Black Mountain Quarries please visit our website: or call 01981 241541.

NBS | National Building Specification | Welcome to NBS Glazing recommendations in timber frames Your Double Glazed Sealed Unit manufactured by RedKite Glass is to a high standard using top quality materials to BS5713 requirements. Our Units are guaranteed for 5 years, with respect to edge seal adhesion to the glass, as long as they are glazed correctly as follows: To ensure that your Unit performs as it should will only be achieved if it is glazed into a well designed frame, using appropriate durable glazing materials, and following the correct glazing proceedures. The following document is set into two sections: (a) The general principles of glazing (b) Glazing methods of Double Glazed Sealed Units: Timber frames The fundamental principles underlying the correct glazing of well-made Sealed Units are : * prevention of prolonged contact of moisture with the edge seal of the Unit (see notes 1.1) ; *compatibility between the edge seal of the Unit and the glazing materials (see notes 1.2) ; *protection of the edge seal of the Unit against sunlight (see notes 1.3) ; *rainwater ;

10 Futuristic Materials Lifeboat Foundation Safeguarding Humanity Skip to content Switch to White Special Report 10 Futuristic Materials by Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board member Michael Anissimov. 1. Aerogel protecting crayons from a blowtorch. This tiny block of transparent aerogel is supporting a brick weighing 2.5 kg. Aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records, more than any other material. Carbon nanotubes are long chains of carbon held together by the strongest bond in all chemistry, the sacred sp2 bond, even stronger than the sp3 bonds that hold together diamond. “Metamaterial” refers to any material that gains its properties from structure rather than composition. We’re starting to lay down thick layers of diamond in CVD machines, hinting towards a future of bulk diamond machinery. Diamonds may be strong, but aggregated diamond nanorods (what I call amorphous fullerene) are stronger. Transparent alumina is three times stronger than steel and transparent. inShare11 Materials

New Materials Library, San Francisco | California College of the Arts (CCA) Libraries CCA's Materials Library features new and innovative materials with a focus on eco-friendly, sustainable, and technologically smart products. The scope is interdisciplinary, serving designers, architects, fine artists, and others in their creative work. Housed on display panels, the collection is openly accessible for visual browsing, tactile handling, and serendipitous exploration. You can find out what samples are in the collection by searching the Materials Library online catalog created by the CCA Libraries. Material Connexion For reference to a larger assortment of materials, the library has a subscription to Material Connexion, a commercial resource that offers a searchable database of its collections. Visiting the Materials Library The library is off the central nave of the main building at 1111 Eighth Street. Hours are posted for the academic year, and appointments are encouraged for class visits. Development of the Materials Library

Floor Restoration Company in Cardiff (UK) - Heritage Workshops With over 20 years of experience in the Restoration industry, Heritage Workshops provides a friendly and professional service to customers throughout the local area. Established in 1989, the business is situated in Cardiff. Specialising in Victorian and Edwardian properties the expertise is there to help renovate homes. Floor restoration, sanding and polishing to supplying and fitting a complete new floor from reclaimed timber, also a stock of over a thousand reclaimed doors is available. For period fireplaces, Heritage Workshops supplies a large stock of cast iron, slate, marble, timber and stone. Heritage Workshops has helped hundreds of customers improve their homes over the last twenty years. As a small team a personnel and friendly service is always assured from start to finish.

BIM - What is it, why do I care, and how do I do it? "BIM" or Building Information Model(ing) is perhaps one of the most overused and misunderstood terms in the architectural industry today, on several levels. The term "BIM" is sometimes used anytime someone generates a 3D model of a building, or a part of a building, whether that model has any non-graphical information or not, or regardless of the level of detail that the model may be done at. Part of the problem is that Building Information Modeling is an evolving concept; one that will continue to change as the capabilities of technology and our own ability to manipulate that technology improves. It's hard to tie it down with a simple definition. Yet more and more people are jumping on the "BIM Bandwagon". First, emphasis needs to be placed on the "I" in "BIM" - "Information". So what kind of information can we put in a model today, and why would we want to? Why would I want to include that information? First, realize that you won't simply start "BIMing" tomorrow.

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