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FUTURECAST: GOODBYE WIFI, HELLO LIFI

We have all heard of WIFI, the wireless method of transferring data that has revolutionized the way we work, watch TV and play games, but what is LIFI? Light fidelity (LIFI) is likely to be the next stage in the natural … Continue reading

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What is Kinetic Paving?

Kinetic paving draws usable energy from footsteps. One of the companies leading the kinetic pavers charge, London-based Pavegen, said the technology works using electromagnetic induction generators, which vertically displace from the weight of human footsteps. That displacement motion creates the … Continue reading

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SMOG-EATING BUILDINGS

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), air pollution is responsible for some 6.5 million deaths worldwide, mostly in and around major cities. And while steps are being taken to tackle the pollution at its source, “smog-eating” facades containing compounds … Continue reading

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DAYLIGHTING & SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

Daylighting is the controlled admission of natural light, direct sunlight, and diffused-skylight into a building to reduce electric lighting and saving energy. By providing a direct link to the dynamic and perpetually evolving patterns of outdoor illumination, daylighting helps create … Continue reading

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MOISTURE CONTROL IN BUILDINGS

Moisture control is fundamental to the proper functioning of any building. Controlling moisture is important to protect occupants from adverse health effects and to protect the building, its mechanical systems and its contents from physical or chemical damage. Yet, moisture … Continue reading

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DUCT LENGTH CALCULATOR TOOL BY BROAN

Broan has created an Allowabe Duct Length Calculator Tool, which is an online tool to help builders, contractors, code officials and other building professionals to calcute the maximum allowable duct length. This easy-to-use, flexible tool calculates maximum allowable duct length … Continue reading

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PILOT PROGRAM OF REDUCED BUILDER PERMIT FEES FOR HOMES WITH LOWER HERS INDEX SCORES

The City of Norman, Oklahoma has undertaken a pilot program to encourage the construction of energy efficient homes in the community. On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the Norman City Council approved a resolution that offers incentives to homebuilders who build … Continue reading

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