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Coating Boomerangs Heat into Space

It sounds like a comic book for coating junkies, in which Our Hero zaps accumulated building heat into space without warming the atmosphere, then casts a shiny shield to protect the building...


Drones Pass Pollution through Paint

Robots coated in carbon-sucking paint could collect pollution and turn it back into fuel, a group of researchers says.


‘Rammed Earth’ Yields a Greener Block

A California R&D company has developed a high-strength, greener masonry block using one of construction's oldest processes.


Antifouling Touts Slick Slime Trick

PPG Industries has launched Sigmaglide 1290, a 100 percent silicone-binder system that uses surface regeneration technology to maintain a slime-resistant substrate.


Warming Up to Pistachio Power

Turkey is making a novel, if nutty, run at a new energy source that officials say could power an entire city.


$70M GSA Revamp Set for 19 States

The U.S. government will slash a half-million square feet of office space, and relocate an unknown number of employees, in a $70 million consolidation plan that will trigger projects in 19 s...


Smart Coatings Turn on Tomorrow

Functional coatings that respond to their environment could be a critical piece of tomorrow's energy puzzle—but only if the price is right, a new report says.


Powerful 2nd Act for Nazi Bunker

Seventy years after its service to Germany's Third Reich, an air-raid bunker in Hamburg has morphed into an energy plant serving thousands of homes.


Smart Money is on Smart Coatings

Enlisted by the military, tended by the medical field, and built up by the construction industry, smart coatings have a brilliant future.


AIA Pitches Congress on Safety, Funding

Stronger bridges, safer structures, tighter buildings—and a funding mechanism to pay for them all—lead America's architectural agenda for 2014.


A Scramble to Meet New Energy Codes

Sweeping federal changes are coming very soon to a commercial building energy code near you, with implications for building systems in every U.S. state, territory and the District of Columbi...


Concrete Key to Bigger Wind Towers

Engineers are giving wind power a boost—literally—by testing ways to increase energy production by making the towers 20 percent taller.


Nissan Shows Off $200M Paint Plant

New application technologies, smaller booths, a cool roof and other eco-friendly measures will slash energy usage and improve productivity at Nissan's new $200 million paint facility, billed...


Coating May Power Up Tablet Screens

Electronics users who panic at being stranded without a charger may find reassurance in an energy-harvesting coating being developed by an MIT spinoff company.


Research Puts Heat on Flame Retardants

Flame retardants are backfiring when it comes to building safety, and current building codes that mandate the chemicals' use should be re-examined, new research warns.


Global Effort Aims to Upgrade Schools

Kickstarted by the star power and reach of the Clinton Global Initiative, a leading nonprofit and several corporations have teamed up on a new campaign to improve school facilities worldwide...


DOE Awards BTU-Busting Coatings $6.6M

Research into two novel energy-saving coating technologies are among 13 projects that will share more than $54 million in new funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Sika Forms Renewable Energy Group

Sika Corporation has formed a specialty sales and technical group for the renewable energy sector, according to an announcement on July 21 by Sika’s Industry Products Division.


Coated Fabric Aims to Lighten Turbines

A forthcoming high-performance fabric by Owens Corning purports to remove nearly a metric ton of fabric and resin from 2.0 megawatt (MW) wind turbines.


Zinc Coating Work Holds Low-Friction Promise

Japanese researchers say they have discovered a way to manipulate zinc oxide coatings to maintain their low-friction characteristics and even reduce friction in any environment—a finding tha...


‘Cash for Caulkers’ Bill Moves Forward

The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the Home Star bill, popularly known as “Cash for Caulkers,” that promises thousands of dollars in rebates for homeowners who renovate their...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY:
Low-e Coating Window Film

A patent-pending, low-e coating is the key to the insulating properties of a new film product for windows introduced by a subsidiary of Solutia Inc. (St. Louis, Mo.)


Advance in Solar-Cell Coating Technology Reported

New Energy Technologies Inc. recently announced the development of a novel, patent-pending nanotechnology process for “spraying” a solar-cell coating onto glass.


Plans Detailed for RRCI Annual Meeting

The Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) announced plans for a new raw-material supplier showcase at the group’s upcoming fifth annual meeting; other meeting plans were also announced.


Test Lab Earns Cool-Roof Accreditation

The Fresno laboratory facility of Architectural Testing Inc. has been accredited by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) as an Accredited Independent Testing Laboratory (AITL).


Study: Cool-Roof Potential Significant

Painting the roofs of buildings white has the potential to significantly cool cities and mitigate some impacts of global warming, a new study indicates.


Landmark Green-Building Standard 189.1 Published

ASHRAE announced publication of Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, a landmark standard that the organization ...


PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Spray Foam Application Guide

BASF issued a comprehensive guide to the application of residential spray polyurethane foam (SPF).


PPG Joins U.S. Energy Saving Program

PPG Industries (Pittsburgh, PA) announced that it has joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Save Energy Now LEADER Program, reinforcing the company’s voluntary efforts to significantl...


Registration Under Way for RRCI Meeting

The Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) announced preliminary program plans and the opening of registration for the organization’s 2010 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.


PAINTSQUARE EXCLUSIVE: Much-Anticipated Green-Building Standard Holds Implications for Coatings, Related Materials

Standard 189.1 on green building, nearing completion of the review process, is likely to include provisions resulting in significant impacts on a number of coatings-related technologies.


Distribution Deal Announced for Insulcoat

The Eco Partnership Ltd. announced an exclusive European distribution agreement with Entech Coatings Inc. for Ceramic Insulcoat with Cerylium™ products.


Industrial Nanotech Rolls Out Clear Roof Coating

“Cool roofs” no longer need be white, since the introduction of a clear energy-efficient roof coating.


Solar Conference Program Announced

Atlas Material Testing Solutions announced program details for a two-day conference on accelerated aging and evaluation of solar-energy systems, scheduled for Dec. 8-9 in Phoenix, AZ.


Spray Foam Insulation Goes Prime Time

Lapolla Industries Inc., a manufacturer of spray foam insulation, will supply spray foam insulation for project featured on the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”


Insulation Contractors Get New Support

Rotobrush International LLC and Guardian Building Products have teamed up to help contracting businesses enter the rapidly growing market for providing insulation to existing homes.


‘Climate Positive’ Program Launched

The Clinton Climate Initiative announced the launch of the Climate Positive Development Program, a global program developed to support the development of large-scale “climate positive” urban...


Review of Green-Building Standard Begins

ASHRAE announced the launch of a third public-review period of proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.


EPA to Recognize ENERGY STAR Designs

The U.S. EPA said it will unveil on Thursday the latest group of energy-efficient commercial building design projects that have been recognized as “Designed to Earn the ENERGY STAR.”


Stimulus Bill Priority: Energy Efficiency

ASHRAE reported that special funding measures included in the economic stimulus package signed into law by President Obama reflect provisions of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 and its ...


Review Under Way for ASHRAE 90.1 Changes

ASHRAE announced the launch of public review of proposed changes to the purpose and scope of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.


ASHRAE Issues Energy-Policy ‘Roadmap’

ASHRAE issued a report described as a potential roadmap for addressing the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources and its greenhouse gas emissions.


 
 
   

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