Weekly Poll (19)


California officially approved the requirement for solar panels on new homes, which will now be added into the building code. Do you think the savings in energy costs justify the regulation?


As a result of London's fatal Grenfell Tower fire last June, government officials in the United Kingdom officially announced a ban on combustible materials in the exterior walls of new residential buildings that are 18 meters and taller. Do you think these measures are sufficient?


A recent feature argues that, with regard to air and water barriers, the importance of fastener penetrations, such as at cladding attachments, is often overlooked and underestimated. Do you agree?


A recent feature notes that proper training programs are a necessity to prepare workers to recognize variables that cause a roofing system to fail. Do you agree?


Preliminary research released last month on China’s “air-purifying tower” has found that since launch, the tower has created more than 353 million cubic feet of clean air per day, reducing smog levels to moderate on otherwise severely polluted days. Do you think the greenhouse technology employed here will take off in other cities?


The Denver Green Roof Initiative that passed last month in Colorado not only requires new, large buildings to be constructed with green roofs but also requires buildings of a certain size to install green roofs when the current one is up for replacement. Do you think more cities should follow suit?


The coatings specifier for Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena said in an August interview that coating the structural steel in preparation of exposure to the Pennsylvania elements throughout the construction timeline was the most important coating of the entire project. How often does the construction process impact your coatings choices?


A London-based architecture firm announced a solution that it says could help solve the housing issue for incoming migrants, involving reusing cladding panels that have been stripped due to buildings’ routine refurbishment. Is this a viable option?


To preserve Canada’s Grand Théâtre de Québec yet not disrupt the building itself, the plan is to construct a glass casing about 6 feet from the concrete lining around the entire perimeter of the building. Do you think this is a good solution?


In early May nearly 400 birds were killed after colliding with a 23-story building in Texas, believed to be caused by bad weather combined with migration and the reflective glass of the building. Because of that incident and more, the Houston Audubon Society says it is looking into an alert system that would inform high-rise building owners of bad weather and migration patterns, advising them to turn off their lights. Do you think this is a good idea?


Overall, how much do your clients really care about using green building materials and processes?


The building industry is under pressure to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. What’s the best way to do that?


Critics say that the U.S. Green Building Council dominates the green building movement in an unhealthy way, crowding out other worthy organizations and agendas. What do you think?


What green building word would you most like to retire?


The U.S. government looks likely to endorse LEED as the green building standard for all federal buildings for the next five years. Will this affect you?


Experts say more lives could be saved in tornado-prone regions by building codes and ordinances that mandate basements and sheltering spaces. What do you think?


How do you see the future of the green-building movement?


How much of the existing commercial building stock will be retrofitted with energy-efficient components (walls, curtain walls, roofs) in the next 10 years?


In terms of both esthetics and building envelope performance, which of the following types of exterior cladding materials would you prefer to use for urban residential construction?


 
 
   

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