Emigration Canyon Home is First Recipient of LEED Silver Green Home Certification

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Located in Utah’s Emigration Canyon just north of Salt Lake City, this contemporary 2,500 square foot home was designed for a family with small children by Sparano + Mooney Architecture. It provides breathtaking canyon views from every angle, and is the first recipient of the LEED Silver green home certification thanks to sustainable materials and energy-efficient qualities.

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The main living room consists of a 30-foot operable wall that transforms it into an outdoor room, and cor-ten steel cladding mixed with board-formed wood textured concrete create a modern, low maintenance interior that maintains a natural style. The lower level is an open, flexible design, ideal to be used as an art studio, playroom, home office, or entertainment room.

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Solatube skylights maximize the use of natural light, and an in-floor radiant system provides energy-efficient heat during cold Utah winters. The surrounding landscape complements the architecture with native, drought-resistant plants that provide a seamless transition between the cozy home and rustic canyon surroundings.

Read more here: Emigration Canyon Home is First Recipient of LEED Silver Green Home Certification

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Councils Give Winter Roads the Cold Shoulder says IAM

(PRWEB UK) 31 October 2011

Road safety charity the IAM (Institute of Advanced Motorists) is warning that many of Britain?s roads will become more hazardous for motorists as the frosts and local council cuts bite.

In spite of the last two winters of severe cold, snow and ice, many councils are planning to cut back on winter road services, including salting, exposing motorists to dangerous driving conditions. Last year there was a 37 per cent increase in the number of cars overturning in snow and ice*.

Budget estimates from the Department for Communities and Local Government show a 3.6 per cent decrease in estimated spending for salting roads, snowploughing, and standby arrangements across England. This represents a significant cut when inflation is considered.

Sixty-seven councils appear to be reducing the amount they are spending on winter road services, with 33 budgeting more than ten per cent less than last year. Most worryingly 21 councils appear to have budgeted over 30 per cent less than they did last year.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: ?Roads are essential for the economy ? not only in rural areas where cars are the only way to get around but also on the main routes that keep our economy moving. Ambulances, supermarket food deliveries, meals on wheels, utilities, even the armed forces, all rely on having a usable road network. Last year, parts of Scotland nearly ran out of food and fuel. The 24-hour, just-in-time logistics system simply wasn?t able to cope with the weather.

?Councils must make contingency plans to ensure that essential supplies can always get through, no matter what the weather. This has to include dealing with large numbers of drivers stranded for hours with no access to heat or food.?

It is even more important that drivers and riders take care in severe weather conditions, given reduced winter road services.

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Saginaw, Michigan (Vocus) July 21, 2010

Columbia River Roofing of Gresham, Oregon (DBA Advanced Thermal Concepts) has been granted a construction patent for the Vapor Armour™ vapor barrier system by the U.S. Government.

Columbia River Roofing has been an authorized Duro-Last contractor since 1999. The Vapor Armour solution is a revolutionary, state-of-the-art, impregnable vapor barrier and roof system integration, designed specifically for the cold storage / freezer building industry. It seamlessly ties together the prefabricated Duro-Last roofing system and additional sections of Duro-Last’s PVC membrane to prevent condensation and ice build-up and consequential problems.

“Before we developed Vapor Armour, builders would use ‘B’ foil set in emulsion, or a peal and stick asphalt membrane, or rubber or spray foam for the vapor barrier,” said Columbia River’s Jay Reid. “This was generally installed by the insulation contractor who would then tie the vapor barrier into the roof system. Little of no regard was taken as to what roof system went with which vapor barrier. Even though the design included using good vapor barriers and good roofing systems, they just didn’t work together.”

“The temperature of a freezer building can go from 80 degrees to 20 below, which puts tremendous stress on the roof-to-wall juncture where the vapor barrier ties into the roofing system,” Reid continued. “Using Duro-Last membrane material for both of these areas withstands the pressure imposed on this critical juncture.”

The elasticity of the membrane allows for adequate expansion and contraction during building movement. The material for the roofing system and the vapor barrier are the same, preventing separation of these two components.

“Vapor Armour is truly a better mouse trap” said David Gattutio, Facilities Director for Food Services of America. “We battle ice build up, condensation and rot for years with a conventional roof and vapor barrier system. No more!”

In addition to quantifiable energy savings and infrared testing as proof positive to the effectiveness of Vapor Armour projects installed to-date, the roofing system is backed by Duro-Last’s industry leading 15-year No Dollar Limit warranty.

“Columbia River Roofing is one of our Elite-level contractors,” said Duro-Last Vice President of Western Operations, Tim Hart. “Not only do they install the Duro-Last roofing system with tremendous attention to quality, the fact that they’ve developed the Vapor Armour system shows that they are truly customer-focused, continually looking for unique solutions to their customers’ roofing problems.”

Columbia River Roofing, Gresham, Oregon, was established in April of 1996 with one goal in mind, to provide their customers with the most advanced roofing systems available in the market. In partnership with the Duro-Last Corporation, Columbia River Roofing developed a revolutionary vapor barrier/roof system – Vabor Armour™. For specifications and more information contact Eric Finnerty, (503) 674-8754, eric(at)advancedthermalinc(dot)com – website http://www.advancedthermalinc.com

With corporate headquarters and a manufacturing facility in Saginaw, Michigan as well as other locations in Grants Pass, Oregon; Jackson, Mississippi; and Sigourney, Iowa, Duro-Last

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