D+D Online September 2010

In This Issue...


Artistic Oasis: Murals Evoke Heritage of West Texas Town of San Angelo

by Joe Maty

To the area’s inhabitants, the town of San Angelo has long been thought of as an oasis in the near-desert expanses of west Texas. But the downtown business district was less than bustling, says longtime resident Susan Morris.


Dry Subject: ‘Solutions to Mold’ Coalition Preaches Message of Moisture Prevention by Design

by Joe Maty

Effective green building demands effectively building dry. That’s the message being conveyed by the Responsible Solutions to Mold Coalition (RSMC), a consortium of 14 companies, associations, government, and academic organizations that are ”dedicated to identifying and communicating accurate, science-based information on mold prevention and control.”


Alkyd Paints Get an Update, with a Green Hue

by Joe Maty

Chances are your father’s paint—certainly your grandfather’s paint—was based on an alkyd resin. It had that distinctive paint odor—strong but somehow evocative of a rejuvenated space, in that “new car smell” kind of way.


Chicago Architecture Celebrated in ‘Top 40’ List

by Joe Maty

Chicago is known for many things—the Loop, Michigan Avenue, the Great Fire, the Sears Tower, Al Capone, the Cubs (well, you can’t win ‘em all).


Crown of Gold: Roof Gleams Anew Atop N.Y. Landmark

by Joe Maty

New York Life Insurance Company has successfully built an indelible brand identity by calling itself “The Company You Keep.”


Model ‘Green’ House Gets New Location, but Retains Mission

by Joe Maty

The EcoCommercial Building Conference Center, a net-zero-energy demonstration building entered in the 2009 “Solar Decathlon” competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, has moved from its original, high-profile location on the Capitol Mall to a new, less conspicuous address.


Air Barriers: Simple Concept, Powerful Effect

by Gary Henry

A 2005 study* by the National Institute of Standards and Technology showed that an effective air barrier can slice a building’s natural gas costs by more than 40%, and electrical costs by more than 25%.


The Weather Factor: Conditions Can Rain on Painting Parade

by Kenneth A. Trimber

We’ve all heard the old advice about the futility of lamenting the lousy weather and why it’s pointless to complain about something we have no control over.


   
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