Lloyd Alter on some of the difficult tradeoffs inherent in green building

Once again, some thought provoking writing from longtime sustainable architect and Treehugger columnist Lloyd Alter: The best way to have our buildings use less energy is to insulate them really well. But for a long time, I have also been writing about the problems of insulating with plastic foam, even writing that Polystyrene insulation doesn’t … Continue reading Lloyd Alter on some of the difficult tradeoffs inherent in green building

The cutting edge of roofing forensics and leak detection technology

Ronald Ray, writing for Construction Specifier, has a great article on different methods for detecting, diagnosing and pinpointing the location of leaks within various types of roofs. What makes Ray’s article so great is some of the cool new technologies outlined representing the bleeding edge of building forensics: All roofs eventually leak—it is just a matter of when … Continue reading The cutting edge of roofing forensics and leak detection technology

New Material Breaks Records for Resisting Moisture

Researchers in Sweden just set a new record for surface area and water adsorption (different than absorption) with their material, Upsalite. The material — according to the researchers — should allow for drastic reductions in the total amount of energy needed to control environmental moisture in the electronics and drug formulation industries, as well as … Continue reading New Material Breaks Records for Resisting Moisture

The Role of Moisture and Airflow in Building Design, Construction & Commissioning

This article is compiled from a series by Liberty Building Forensics Group examining the relation of moisture building assessments and building science as a component to design, construction, and commissioning. This content has been approved for re-publication by AEC Quality .com. Moisture Building Assessments: A Retrospective Look at Building Design and Operation Many of the decisions made … Continue reading The Role of Moisture and Airflow in Building Design, Construction & Commissioning