New additive provides fire protection for wood

Fire protection requirements are increasing worldwide—especially in public buildings and vehicle construction. This development means that more and more otherwise suitable materials such as wood can no longer be used in ...

Raging fires in California creating havoc for the state

From last until today the Carr fire has consumed 12,000 more acres for a total of 110,154 acres and is 27% contained. The number of residences destroyed overnight rose by 161, commercial buildings by 1, and outbuildings by ...

Smart buildings: energy efficiency at what price?

Automating heating and other environmental controls can bring huge savings to commercial buildings. To what extent is it possible to achieve the same results in residential homes? What is the difference between so called ...

New rooftops in France to go green

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday.

Starving the energy monster for energy efficient buildings

There are one and a half million commercial buildings in the U.S. Less than ten percent of them have energy management systems. Technology from a Siemens company in Austin, Texas has what it takes to steadily ramp down this ...

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